When it comes to moving as a senior, focusing on comfort and ease are imperative for success. If you are leaving a home you’ve lived in for years or if it’s simply time to relocate, here are seven things you can do to ensure you get it done at your pace.
1. Plan Ahead & Start Early
With your official move day in mind, plan to start the moving process two months ahead of the Big Day. While creating your checklist, set milestones for tasks that are difficult or annoying, such as having your utilities turned off or submitting a change of address.
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2. Ask for Help
Packing can be very time consuming and anxiety-inducing. Instead of trying to do it all on your own, reach out if you need extra assistance. Friends and family are typically more than happy to lend a hand, and it is a great way to get some extra time in your home with loved ones before you move.
If you don’t have anyone who you can trust or need someone who is non-judgmental and unbiased, consider hiring a trustworthy senior moving company if it is within your budget.
3. Implement Some Organizational Rules
A few guidelines can go a long way, especially if you have other people helping you out. Some rules to help you get thinking are,
- “Expired items can all be thrown away”
- “Put all photos in the red box on the kitchen table”
- “Anything that is torn, rusted or in poor condition should be trashed”
- “Discard all open makeup items”
You’ll be surprised by how much more quickly this can make things go. It also goes a long way to eliminate the headache of answering the same question (to yourself and others) over and over again.
4. Downsize Smartly
One of the best ways to make your move easier is to move with fewer things than you have in your home right now. You can start decluttering this week if you have a lot to get rid of.
Besides getting rid of the “what if” items, like unused exercise equipment, this is a great time to get rid of large items that may not need to come with you to your new place. This is where the smart part comes in.
Get a floor plan of your new space if possible or ask for accurate measurements of the living room, kitchen and bedroom. With this information in hand, you’ll quickly know if you need to leave your current kitchen table or sectional sofa behind.
5. Pack in an Organized Way
When packing your home, save yourself a lot of time and effort by taking it one room at a time. Let’s say you are packing the bathroom, first start with a quick walkthrough of your home and grab any bathroom items that are out of place. Label each box with the word ‘bathroom’ and any important items in the box you will want to know the whereabouts of.
6. Know Your Limits & Set Boundaries
Moving takes energy and saying goodbye to old items, no matter the last time you used them, can be draining. During this time, your mental and physical health are your main priorities.
Once you realize you get very tired after 45 minutes of packing, set a rule to pack for no more than 30 minutes at a time. Continue monitoring yourself and adjusting as you go.
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7. Give a Proper Goodbye
Emotions can run high as you near your moving day and it’s normal and okay. Instead of holding them in, release them with a party. Invite your friends and family over for a house party to say goodbye in style!
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Confidently Prepare for Your Senior Move
For seniors, moving can be more difficult than it already is if you don’t take the time to create the right process. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can have a smoother, more convenient move with minimal stress.
With the tips above, you’ll be ready to tackle anything your move throws at you.