It all started with a thought “ I think it’s time to move”.
Moving from one home to other is never easy especially if your downsizing to a smaller home. It’s time to start thinking about what to do for that move. At times this process may feel overwhelming and daunting. But we are here to help with some tips to help seniors move smoothly and efficiently.
9. Make a Plan & Start Early
It takes time to sort, clean and pack everything. For some they have decades of memories to go through. Even if you’re not ready to move planning out the move and starting early will help. Start using up your canned good, frozen food, and paper products. Go through magazines and books and start recycling what you don’t want. These items are heavy and take up a lot of room.
8. One Thing at a Time
Moving or downsizing is a large task and takes time. It can be overwhelming and take a lot of energy. Break the job down into smaller tasks and only work about 1-3 hours, while taking frequent breaks. It took years to accumulate everything you have and it will take time to go through it all. Remember one thing at a time.
7. Important Documents
One thing that can be easy to misplace is important document. Change is Good recommends getting a bin for all your important information.
What to keep:
- Paperwork for both the home your leaving and going to
- Tax documentations
- Family phone list
6. Ask for Help
It’s ok to ask for help. Moving is not easy and should never be done alone. Don’t wait till the last moment to ask for help either. Make sure people will be around to help you. Some steps to downsizing can take up to months to accomplish. Senior Move Manager can really make a difference and help you manage for family/help.
5. Sort and Organize
Choose one room or project at a time. Start going through that room and sort them into four piles, Keep, Give Away, Recycle, Trash. Remember to recycle toxins like pain and certain cleaning products. Go to Earth911.org for information on hazardous collections in your area.
4. Share with Others
Since you can’t take everything you own to your new home, now is the time to make arrangements to “gifts” some of your treasures to special people in your life. This may be family, helpful neighbors, friends, favorite organizations, or your church.
3. Save Your Memories
You may have boxes of old photos from holidays, vacations and birthday parties. What do you do with them? Consider preserving your family photos and stories by putting them on a DVD or try scrapbooking. Services exist that will take all your photos, slides, and videos and do it for you. One in the Fargo Moorhead area is TK Design.
2. Stay in Touch
Notify everyone 2-4 weeks before you move. That includes people, places, utilities/services that you use. Notify the Post Office of a change of address as well. They will forward your mail for one year for First-Class Mail and 60 days for magazines.
1. Prepare for Moving Day
The most important thing for a senior near moving day is to take care of themselves. Pack a survival bag with items you will need on move day, things like, medications, eyeglasses, toiletries, keys/garage door opener, change of clothes and your important papers. Don’t forget your cleaning supplies and basic tools either. Make sure you drink plenty of water, take any medication you need and take frequent breaks/naps. Remember this takes a lot of energy to move and you are the most important part of this move.
This can make a senior move so much better. We work with long-distance caregivers or caregivers who don’t have the best relationship with their loved ones, but anyone can hire a senior move manager. If you would like help with any of the above steps or all of it contact us today. We make moving easier for you and your loved ones, since we offer a non-biased and safe environment.