What you should do BEFORE you call the movers!
If you’ve decided that you really cannot go through one more winter in your current home and deal with clearing sidewalks and driveways, high electric and gas bills, and the inability to get out for groceries, or to meet friends, then it is time to prepare to move.
However, before you call the movers, there are many things that you should be focused on first. Take time to research communities and make your decision after visiting and looking at many apartment models, eating meals there, and talking to other residents. Once you decide on your new apartment, take the reduced size into consideration moving forward.
Along with reduced living space, comes many decisions. For example, your current house may have 3 bedrooms, living room, dining room, family room, two or three bathrooms, large kitchen, basement and garage. You are moving into a living area with only one or two bedrooms, a small kitchen, living room and sometimes auxiliary storage space. Many people no longer have garages or cars for that matter. If you will get 2 or 3 meals at the community, you will no longer need every pot or pan or 12 place setting of dishes to move with you. Now is your time in life to let someone else prepare the big family dinners and you enjoy just letting them!
Here are the steps most people try to jump over or go around. First, you will want to get a floor plan for your new apartment and work with measuring furniture and placing what will fit comfortably. Keep in mind if you use a walker to leave at a minimum 24Ó to flow around furniture with your walker. Then you need to downsize by going through every room, every drawer, every nook and cranny in your house. That way you keep the items that are most important to you, but purge all the clutter collected over many years of living. Sorting through all of your collected possessions can take weeks. Engage your children’s help if they live conveniently close by, and tell them to come pick up the items you have stored for them for decades. It is time for them to store them at their home or to make the decision to get rid of things.
If that seems to be an overwhelming task, or you do not have children to assist you, Senior Move Managers (SMMs) are also expert declutterers and planners. They can work on your floor plan and walk you through the downsizing process while you direct the decision making. Most SMM’s love to help sort and organize you. It is a little bit like spring cleaning for every client we encounter!
While sorting through your lifelong collections may be tedious, I can guarantee your move will go much smoother, it will be better planned out, and your new home will be comfortable and not cluttered or unsightly. Senior Move Managers can help you sort, find resources to dispose of your overage, set up your move and pack; then unpack and set up your new home, including hanging pictures. Or they will do whatever you need assistance with.
No one enjoys sitting alone in their home that they have outgrown with no one to visit with on the cold, winter days; and no way to get out amongst other people. If you are at that point in your life, it is time to move on to the next stage in your life. We encourage people to do this while they are the ones deciding what will move and what to do with items that need to be purged. Moving can be tedious and tiring, but also exciting for what lies ahead.
Jeanine Plumhoff and Betty White are Senior Move Managers that have owned Smooth Transitions Denver for the past 7 years and moved hundreds of people. Call us for a free, one hour consultation at 303-674-0250. Let us help you plan the next chapter in your life!