March 10, 2017

Spring is in the air! And for many of us, that means re-evaluating our living situations and possibly planning for a late spring or summertime move.

For older adults preparing to move into a new residence, the process of sorting and packing belongings that have accumulated over a lifetime can seem overwhelming. While it can be difficult to let go of certain possessions, downsizing in anticipation of moving to an independent senior living community is the perfect time to sort through the clutter. Here are four tips to make the move easier:

Plan Ahead

One of the hardest parts of moving is getting organized. Save yourself the stress on moving day and make key decisions a few months ahead of time. Do you want to hire a professional moving company or enlist the help of family members? Will you be placing items in a storage unit? Make a to-do list of all the actions that need to be done before moving day, and you’ll be prepared for a seamless transition to your new community.

Work Room by Room

Packing for a move is a huge project, but it can be easier when you tackle one room at a time. Pick one room per week and go through your belongings, making piles of items what you want to keep, donate, or throw away. Boxes should be clearly labeled with their new location so you don’t get confused when it’s time to unpack. Doing a small amount of work each day will move you closer to your packing goals without feeling overwhelmed.

Take Your Time and Ask for Help

Moving can be draining emotionally, physically, and mentally. Older adults may need more time to go through their belongings and make decisions. Be patient with yourself and others throughout the moving process, and be sure to set aside downtime to relax and recharge.

Get Settled and Socialize!

Once you’ve made the move, it’s time to get settled and make your house feel like a home. After you’ve unpacked your belongings, take some time to get to know your neighbors. Independent senior living communities often schedule fun social events for residents to make new connections. You can also invite friends or family over for a housewarming party to show off your new space.

Remember, retirement is meant to be relaxing! Many communities offer amenities like maintenance services, dining options, fitness programs, and transportation, giving you the freedom to live a leisurely, carefree lifestyle throughout your retirement.