Maybe it’s time to downsize to a smaller home or reduce the clutter that has been accumulating over the years. Either way, if you’re a senior, you likely have a lot of emotional and physical ties to the place that you live in and the items in it.
However, downsizing and decluttering can not only save you thousands on mortgage payments, but it can also lead to less stress and more social opportunities! Scroll down to learn some of our top tips to make the most of your move during your golden years…
Benefits of Downsizing
While the idea of moving out of the home where you have likely lived for a long time can be overwhelming, or deeply emotional, there are many rewarding aspects to consider including:
- Money saved on home upkeep and maintenance.
- Access to a more accommodating floor plan. (No stairs!)
- New social opportunities
- Less clutter
Having less clutter and financial responsibilities means that you won’t be tied down and can enjoy a more adventurous, rewarding lifestyle.
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Tips for a Smooth Senior Move
Moving is always a big undertaking, and it can get even more complicated in your older years. Whether you are planning a move for yourself, or are looking to move an aging parent, here are our tips to make the transition as stress-free and seamless as possible.
Recognize When it’s Time to Downsize
One minute your house seems too small, and the next, your kids are off to college to start lives of their own, and suddenly, that “too small” house is larger than it seemed.
The realities of owning a large home in your senior years can be overwhelming. If you find yourself paying too much for a half-empty house, or it’s becoming hard to navigate the stairs, it’s a good time to consider downsizing to something more comfortable.
Live near Tampa, FL, and ready to downsize? Our local moving and storage experts would be happy to lend you a hand with your move. Call Florida’s Best Moving today: 813-485-6580!
Sort Through Your Belongings
One of the most daunting tasks when beginning a move is sorting through years or even decades’ worth of your belongings. You might have rooms full of old clothing, books, your children’s toys, appliances, and family heirlooms that need to be dealt with. One thing is clear: you’re downsizing, which means you can’t bring it all with you.
Sorting through your possessions in order to decide what you want to keep is the critical first step of downsizing, and it can even be cathartic! While it can be emotional, try to have fun with the process, and invite friends and family over to help. Separate items into categories like keep, sell/giveaway, storage, and trash.
Declutter with these tips: Clearing the Empty Nest
Pack for the Move
Now, it’s time to pack. This can be another overwhelming task, but the good news is that the pros at Florida’s Best can do the heavy lifting and pack for you. You’ll always be given VIP treatment, no matter your age!
Packing fragile family heirlooms? Read this: Easy Tips to Pack Fragile Items
It’s Ok to Be Emotional
It’s completely understandable to feel a bit of grief when leaving a place with so many memories, especially if you raised a family there! Allow yourself for some emotional closure during the moving process.
Here are a few ways to say goodbye to your home (but never the memories):
- Throw a going-away party, and enjoy a house full of friends and family for one last time before the move.
- Write a letter to the new owners. While a great way to get a little closure, it also provides a thoughtful gift for the future owners of your home.
- Take photos for when you want to remember details about your home and revisit the memories made there. Take photos from your favorite places in the home, such as: looking out the kitchen window, the view from the top of the stairs, the kitchen, etc.
It can be hard to say goodbye to a house that is full of fond memories. It’s ok to be sad, but just remember, this is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life! Know your limits and don’t push yourself too far on moving day. If you choose to move on your own, remember to take breaks, don’t lift any heavy boxes, drink plenty of water, and eat snacks throughout the day.
Let us help you have a successful and stress-free senior move. Give Florida’s Best Moving & Storage a call today for a FREE in-home estimate at (813) 485-6580.
Settle into Your New Home
Once you’ve made it to your new home, take some time to relax in your new space. It’s time to enjoy your future possibilities, without the burden of extra stuff, and the costs of a home that’s too large.
If you feel like it, plan a housewarming party when you are all settled. Get familiar with your new neighborhood, the neighbors, and take a well-deserved break.
Senior Moves with Florida’s Best Moving and Storage
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