Tips For Seniors on Relocating

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The Best Tips For Seniors Who Are Moving Into A New Home

By:

Jim Vogel

jim@elderaction.org | http://elderaction.org/

 

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Making a move can be an emotionally difficult experience for anyone, but when you’re a senior who has spent decades in the same place, it can be overwhelming. The physical aspect of cleaning, packing, moving, and unpacking can be very demanding, so it’s important to make sure you have the right help on hand and that you’re prepared for any contingency. If you’re thinking about making a move, it’s imperative to come up with a good plan and think about–among other things–your finances and whether you need to downsize.

 

Here are some of the best tips on how to plan a move and stay safe, happy, and comfortable before, during, and after.

 

  1. Get the right help

 

Hiring the right movers is the first step, but there are a lot of things to think about and plan for, including going through belongings to pare down, what to donate, what to give to family members, and so on. It will help to have a detailed plan before making any big decisions, so sit down with your spouse or loved ones to figure out what needs to be done first. You may want to have family members there to help go through some items. It is a good idea to give everyone a specified job to minimize confusion and chaos.

 

  1. Pack smart

 

Packing takes time if you want to do it right, so don’t rush the process. Start in one room and work from there, keeping like items together in the same boxes. Make packing lists as you go to tape onto the outside, which will make it easy to find things after the move. Write clearly on the outside of the box which room it’s from and push them up against the wall when they’re full to clear the walkways. Cluttered floors during a move can cause falls.

 

  1. Gather supplies

 

Having the right supplies on hand can make a huge difference when it comes time to start going through items before packing. Various sized boxes, packing materials, cleaning supplies, and trash bags are some of the most important items you’ll need. Clean as you pack to make things easier on yourself and the people who will be helping you once packing is done.

 

  1. Downsizing

 

If you are going to do some downsizing  it’s also important  to go through your belongings and separate them into piles of keep, toss, and donate. This way you can pare down as you go and won’t have to haul things you don’t need to the new place. You can also have them put aside things to give to family members, and find things you can condense, such as several photo albums that take up a lot of space. The photos can be scanned in on the computer and uploaded to a thumb drive, which can be placed into a digital picture frame or accessed on the computer. This is a great way to hang on to the memories without taking up a lot of room.

 

  1. Plan well

 

You’ll need to think about your financing options well before the move, so look online to find out what resources may be available to you in your state. There are many options available to seniors, but they vary depending on where you live.

 

You’ll also want to plan for moving day, especially if you have health issues, medical equipment, or pets that will need care during the (hopefully organized) chaos of the day. Be sure to keep aside several boxes to put necessities in, such as medications, toiletries, cleaning supplies, trash bags, and kitchen items that you may want to access immediately in the new place. Ask a friend or loved one to be in charge of feeding and walking your pet during the move and keeping him safely away from all the bustle and noise, as such a big change can give animals anxiety and it will be one less thing for you to worry about.

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