Downsizing is Workshop Topic at Mercy Circle Open House 

Downsizing is Workshop Topic at Mercy Circle Open House 

Ric Roemer, president of Creative Home Services, will present “What do I do with all this stuff?” during an open house Sun., June 23,11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mercy Circle continuing care retirement, 3659 W. 99th St. The workshop will be held at 12 p.m.  

“Picking what to keep, what to sell and what to give away to charity or your family is a challenge before moving for older adults who are downsizing,” said Marge Everett, senior living advisor at Mercy Circle. “That’s why seniors can benefit from using a relocation expert like Ric.” 

Since it opened to the public in 2013, Mercy Circle has referred prospective residents to Creative Home Services, an Orland Park-based company that specializes in helping older adults downsize, declutter and prepare their homes for sale. Roemer founded the company 13 years ago, originally to assist real estate agents market their listings. After four years, he niche-focused his efforts to exclusively assisting seniors moving into retirement communities or other down-sized living accommodations. 

His presentation at the Mercy Circle open house will help determine what should stay and what should go using tips like these: 

Take into account the size of the new space; consider the floor plan and cabinet area. 

Think first in terms of “must haves” such as a bed, kitchen table and chairs, couch and lighting. 

Start by sorting items one room or closetduring the process, ask yourself whether you I used or worn that in a year.  

For photos of trips and events, toss pictures without people in them 

For household items and clothing, ask yourself: Would I buy this today?  

For items in basement, garage and storage sheds, ask: Will I be using these when I move?  

Light refreshments will be served, and there is ample parking in Mercy Circle’s lot. Everyone who attends will be able to tour the CCRC’s apartments and amenities. To reserve space at the event or to learn more about moving to Mercy Circle, call Everett at 773-253-3603.  

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