Moving can be especially stressful and emotional for Seniors and their loved ones. We’ve put together some moving tips to help make your move as smooth as possible.
Gather a Team
Gather a team of family, friends and moving professionals to help you with your move. Family and friends can help sort through your belongings and decide what will be moving with you. They can also help you decide what to do with items you won’t be taking. This is a huge part of the moving process, and it is physically and emotionally demanding, so give yourself plenty of time. As for the packing and moving of your belongings, leave this part to moving professionals. You will be grateful you did!
Take Inventory of Your Belongings
Take inventory of everything in your home, and create lists for each room. Start with one room and work your way around the house. Create a column for the belongings you wish to “take” and those you plan to “leave.” You may be undecided on a few items so create a column for “undecided.”
Evaluate Your List
You will probably revise your list as you consider your new space. As you evaluate your first version of this list, ask yourself a few questions, such as “How much space do I have in my new home?”, “Will this item fit?” and, if so, “Where will I put it?” You may realize that not all of your items on your “Take” list will fit into your new space. It can be exciting to de-clutter and scale down what we’ve accumulated over the years, and it can also be a bit emotional. Begin the process early, take your time and ask for help.
Finalize Your List
After you’ve gone through each room on your list (more than once if needed), make a final decision about what items you are taking and leaving. Next to the items you are leaving, make a note of where you want these items to go. For example, a relative’s name, donation center, garage sale or classifieds.
Moving is both physically and emotionally taxing. Sorting through a house full of memories and parting with objects of our past – connected to our memories – is not easy. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time time to not only physically sort through your belongings, but also to gently part ways with a lifestyle you’ve come accustomed to. That way you’ll be ready and happy to transition into your new home when the times comes.
Let Us Help
The physical demands of packing and moving may be too strenuous to undertake. Packing and moving is difficult physical work and most people underestimate the toll it takes on their muscles and joints. Our team of professionally trained movers will make sure that you and your belongings arrive safely to their destination. While we handle the packing and moving, you can focus your time and energy on other important matters.
Moving Tips for Loved Ones
Have Patience & Be Kind
This one seems obvious, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed during a move. When sorting and packing, remember that your parent’s (or loved one’s) eyesight and stamina are not what they used to be. As a result, some housekeeping details may have gone unnoticed over the years and you may find yourself sorting through more than you anticipated. As you sort and pack, offer to clean and tidy up as you go and try not to criticize.
Sort it Out
Like all of us, seniors tend to collect things over the years, some of which they never use. When suggesting they let go of certain possessions, ask them gently if they still use the item and if they would mind if you donate it. If the item holds sentimental value but their new space lacks room for it, suggest they keep it in the family by giving it to a grandchild or another loved one. It’s often easier to let go of cherished items if we know they’re going to a good home.
Use your phone’s camera to take some snapshots of their home as they have it arranged now. That way when it’s time to unpack, you can place objects in a similar way so that their new home feels very much like their old one. Something as simple as displaying family pictures on the same bureau as they were displayed before, can make their new space feel like home.