Moving is one of the most stressful events for seniors as it involves a lot of time and emotions. Staying organized is key in preventing a stressful move.
Here are important reminders and tips that will make the move stress-free:
Once you make the decision to move, you will need to start planning on where, when and how to start packing all your belongings. Being emotionally prepared is very important because you will have to do a lot of sorting and disposing. Planning things carefully and preparing emotionally will help reduce stress.
With so many things to do, it will be helpful to make a checklist of things to remember like, transferring your prescription, filing a change of address with the post office, calling your utility service companies to schedule disconnection for your old house and connection date for your new place, etc. Read Moving Checklist For Seniors for more information.
Create a timetable for packing, moving and unpacking to guide you through the whole moving process.
Through the years, you probably have accumulated a lot of things, which you will no longer find useful. It might be necessary to scale down the things you will bring to your new home. Therefore, you will need to decide whether to throw, sell, donate to goodwill or give unnecessary things to friends and family.
This will not only avoid clutter in your new place, but it will also help you unpack easier and faster.
Organize and pack things by rooms will make the packing process easier. This way, all your things won’t get mixed up, thus making it easier to unpack and find things.
Don’t forget to label all the boxes with the following information:
- Room of origin
- “Open Me First” box
Create an “Open Me First” box. Be sure to put important things that you will need first in this box to help you get settled in your new place. You can put items like toiletries, beddings, towels, phones, snacks, paper plates, utensils, plastic cups, etc.
Unpack one box at a time to help avoid clutter and keep things organized.
Open boxes according to importance so you won’t be too overwhelmed. It will be wise to focus on your bedroom first so that you can unpack all the important things you’ll need like toiletries, beddings, your clothes, etc.
Relax. Take your time packing and unpacking your things. Do not exhaust yourself too much and make sure you get enough rest.
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