Moving to a senior living community means waving goodbye to chores like yard work, home maintenance, cooking, and even cleaning – and waving hello to an endless vacation of sorts. Still, moving to a senior living community can be daunting for some seniors, especially if it means prepping a house for sale and sorting through a lifetime of knick-knacks. Start your new chapter off on the right foot with these moving tips for seniors.
Moving Tips for Seniors
Enlist Loved Ones
Before you begin your move, be sure to contact your retirement community to see if they offer moving assistance. If they do, you’ll enjoy help downsizing, moving, and getting settled in your new home. Even if your community doesn’t offer assistance, you can get the job done with the help of family and friends. Give yourself plenty of time – a few months at the very least – to sort through and pack your belongings. Reach out to neighbors, family members, and friends to help you sort through your items and pack them properly. Remember, while it can be an emotional experience, moving doesn’t have to be a chore. Put on your favorite music, pour a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and enjoy sorting through your memories with loved ones.
Focus on Downsizing
Keep in mind that a move to a senior living community will likely require some downsizing, especially if you live in a larger home. The truth is that you won’t have room to bring all of your belongings with you, so you’ll need to sort through the must-haves first. Consider which of your belongings are irreplaceable mementos and which are just holding you back. If you’re not sure where to start, consider a system like Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method to help you categorize your belongings. In general, it’s easiest to start with a few simple categories: items you’ll keep, mementos you’ll pass down to family members, items you’ll donate, and items you’ll throw out. If you have enough time, you can even hold an estate sale to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
Take Your Time
Remember not to rush the moving process. Living in a retirement community is a fabulous way to regain your free time and make new friends, but it’s also an emotional experience that shouldn’t be rushed. Honor the experiences and memories behind your belongings, and take as much time as you need to reminisce with loved ones before downsizing.
Personalize Your New Space
Once you’ve downsized and moved into your new space in the retirement community, it’s time to personalize your new home. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by asking your new retirement community for a floor plan. Use the plan’s measurements to figure out how you’ll arrange your furniture – and also as a way to rid yourself of furniture that simply won’t fit. If you feel homesick, you can also arrange your belongings in way that is similar to your former living arrangement. Of course, don’t be afraid to have fun with colors, patterns, and mementos. Some personal touches can go a long way toward making your new space feel like home.
If you’d like more moving tips for seniors, reach out to your new senior living community. Their expert staff will be able to guide you to make the moving process as seamless as possible. Remember: Moving to a senior living community should be a fun, rewarding experience as you enter an exciting new chapter in your life.
At Springhouse Village, we know how important it is to enjoy your retirement in a lively and welcoming environment. We make it easy for our residents to be active participants in our community. Whether that means encouraging residents to shop at local farmers markets or assisting them in starting a garden club, we strive to help our residents thrive. To learn more about the amenities and services we offer, contact Springhouse Village today.