Overwhelmed with the thought of a move? Many seniors have been in their home thirty to fifty years and don’t know where to begin. Sometimes the thought of giving away treasures and what to do with all the stuff seems to paralyze them.
Moving isn’t something anyone likes to do. However, one major benefit of moving is the opportunity to downsize and de-clutter your home. This leads to less stress and more freedom because you are no longer held captive by all your stuff. Senior move managers are available to help you with the emotional and physical concerns involved in a move. They are the single contact for your relocation.
Focus on the Move
First things first: focus on the move. Look at your new home and the amount of space you have. The de-cluttering and downsizing will begin when you focus on how much space you have and what treasurers you want to hold on to. You can’t take everything. Start by marking items you want to keep and think about what you want to pass on.
Really look at your furnishings and belongings. Can you use the furniture you have? How much wall space for pictures? What will fit in each room? If you have a small kitchen but you are moving to a community that provides meals, then a place setting for four is enough for a snack and a drink if someone stops by.
Use the good stuff. If you have nice china and special linens use them now. Pick out your favorite pieces from your collections. Take photos and put them on a disc that can be put on your computer or a digital photo frame for you to enjoy.
Timing Your Move
Move into your new home ahead of time if possible. If you are able to keep your old home for a period of time while moving to your new home, have your items packed, moved and unpacked and put in place right away in your new home. After being in your new home for a couple weeks, if you have too much you can take it back to your old home. You also have time to retrieve something you wish you had brought.
There’s Still More Stuff: It Goes Somewhere
Follow up by clearing out your belongings and selling your home. Do you have enough left to do an estate sale? Give things to family or friends. Donate to your favorite charities or recycle items. Keep it moving…it’s time to let someone else love your things. Do you need help in finding someone to sell your home? There are professionals available to help seniors with all the details. Senior Action Networking groups are a great way to find dedicated professionals. You may contact Senior Information and Assistance in your area to find these groups or other resources that will be experts in assisting older Americans. In the area that we operate (Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties in Washington state) people may contact the Senior Action Network of Thurston-Mason-Lewis counties for a list of professionals committed to enhancing the lives of seniors and their families.
Last, but not least, enjoy your new surroundings. Meet new friends and get involved in your community. Experience the new journey and the freedom of your new transition. Out with old and in with the NEW.