Whether you’re a relative or it’s you yourself, moving as a senior can be difficult. It can be difficult to process moving to a new home, especially if you’ve lived in the same house for many years. You can think of moving as going on vacation. You’re moving to a brand new place, one that is like a dream house in many ways. Moving is a big process and it’s important that seniors have some good tips on learning how to manage it. We’ve provided five tips for moving as a senior and how to tackle it.
The first and most important thing for you to have in the moving process is a helping hand. You may have a family member or trusted friend who is available to help you through moving. This family member or trusted friend should be an excellent resource for you and should be able to guide you along any step you need assistance with. Be sure to stay in touch with this person during the whole process. Let them be aware of the step you’re currently taking, when you’ve arrived and departed, and any change in contact information.
You will definitely need a helping hand when it comes to packing your belongings. No one could easily manage packing and unpacking all of their belongings by themselves. It’s important to have a family member or trusted friend (or multiple of these) help you with managing all of those boxes. We, at Call Family Moving, are also there to help you with moving.
It’s great to have a bag for overnight, regardless of your plans. Moving can sometimes be unpredictable and you’ll want to have a spare set of supplies in case you run into any inconveniences. Pack what you’ll need for one to two days and you should be set should any emergencies occur. Be sure to include any medicines you may need and a first-aid kit.
It’s difficult for anyone to know what items they should keep or toss. If your moving, especially if you’re downsizing, you will have to examine your items to know what to take with you and what to toss (in the trash, to give to another person, or sell). It may help to take note of necessary items, such as clothing, hygienic items, and food utensils. This should be the things you absolutely need to take with you to your new place. After that, work from room to room deciding what to keep and what to toss. Think about when you last used the particular item and what value they hold. You can take items you don’t use anymore and repurpose them into useful, smaller, things. For example, if you have memorable T-shirts, you can always reconvert them into a quilt. Or, you might have many photos, and they could be taking up a lot of wall or desk space. Photos can now be stored electronically, that way they won’t take up any space and are all easily located.
It’s crucial to have a sorting system when moving. On your boxes, label them different collections and keep your things in them accordingly. For example, if you have a decent amount of electronics, label a box “Electronics” and dedicate that box to them. This way, you can easily arrange your boxes in your new house without having to open the boxes and go searching. When packing, it’ll be easy to focus on one room at a time. Start with a room you don’t go in as often, such as the dining room you only use for holiday purposes and start packing it. Gradually you should move to the areas you hang around most in.
We know that moving is hard work, especially for older bodies! That’s why it’s important to reward yourself with each step. This could be as simple as sitting on the couch resting or eating a nice snack. Just don’t have too many sweets! Reward yourself as you see fit, such as per box or per room. Remember to stay hydrated and healthy during the entire moving process, do not use water or meals solely for rewards.
Following these steps will ensure your moving day runs smoothly and moving as a senior a breeze. If you still need help, then contact us to hire our professional Moving Company in Melbourne, FL.
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