Moving can be an exciting time. But it can also be a time full of anxiety and heightened emotions; especially for seniors who are downsizing, moving into a senior community, or even simply moving in with family. It’s important to keep in mind that feeling your best physically and emotionally on moving day can make all the difference!
If you or a senior family member are getting ready to move and you want to feel your BEST, keep some of these tips from our friendly movers at Florida’s Best Moving in mind!
Here’s the breakdown of our top tips for Seniors:
#2. Start Early, Go Slow
#3. Keep the End Goal in Mind
#4. Eat and Drink Regularly
#5. Use the Right Equipment
#6. Keep an Eye on the Weather
#7. Move a Bit at a Time
Tip #1. Sleep
Moving is stressful, no matter your age, and this can eat away at your peace of mind and keep you from getting your much-needed sleep. While it may seem tough during your move, it is very important to get enough sleep. Try to relax in the evening, avoid caffeine, and try a relaxation routine like meditation, stretching, taking a warm bath or shower, or reading a book.
Whatever you need to do to quiet your mind and help you wind down will help you get the rest you need to keep up your strength and concentration during your move.
Tip #2. Start Early, Go Slow
Perhaps when you were younger you were able to pack up and move in a matter of days, but that was then, and this is now! You likely have more stuff than you did in your younger days and may need to take some time to clear the empty nest and declutter before your move.
Once you have decided to move, plan to clear out your home one room at a time, starting with little-used rooms and items you seldom use. Don’t forget to declutter along the way and create boxes for items that you plan to give away, sell, recycle, or throw away.
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Tip #3. Keep the End Goal in Mind
Moving can bring up a lot of emotions, and it is important to acknowledge these feelings, but then move on. Keep your mind on the end goal and all the benefits of your move. This could include saving on a mortgage, living closer to loved ones, or having an easier-to-maintain home.
While the moving process may seem challenging and overwhelming at home, keeping the end goal in mind can get you through those tough moments.
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Tip #4. Eat and Drink Regularly
During the hustle and bustle of your move, it can be easy to forget to eat or stay hydrated. It is ok (and recommended) to take a break for a healthy snack, meal, and to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water or the occasional sports drink but avoid soda or drinks with caffeine as they will dehydrate you more.
Additionally, even though it may be easy to just grab some fast food on moving day, try to eat a healthy meal full of protein and carbohydrates to keep you fueled during the move.
Tip #5. Use the Right Equipment
If you don’t hire a professional moving team, you are going to be doing a lot of bending, packing, and lifting, so it is important to use the right equipment to prevent injury and keep you safe. Make sure you have lifting straps, wrist braces, gloves, and even a weight belt on hand on moving day.
And don’t forget about a comfortable pair of shoes! It is also a good idea to have dollies or a hand cart at the ready to shuttle heavy items from the house to the moving truck.
Tip #6. Keep an Eye on the Weather
No matter the season that you are moving in, adverse weather and fluctuations in temperature can occur. Be mindful of the weather and wear layers if it is chilly outside and take breaks in the air conditioning and drink ample water if it is sunny or hot. Even cold wet weather can zap your strength, so it is important to know your limits and take a break when needed.
Tip #7. Move a Bit at a Time
Nothing is more stressful than trying to move all at once. If you can, schedule out your tasks and conserve your energy. Plan out what you need to pack and get help if you need it. You are less likely to injure yourself that way, plus it can cut down on the stress and anxiety caused by the move.
If you can get the keys to your new home early and don’t live too far away, try to make a few small trips for a week or two, which will make the task of moving day that much easier.
Expert Senior Moves
Our professional Tampa Bay senior movers are at your service to assist you with any part of the moving process, from packing and unpacking, doing the heavy lifting, and storing your items at our air-conditioned storage facility.
Ready to move? Call our senior moving experts at Florida’s Best Moving to get started with a no-hassle moving estimate today—813-485-6580!