Moving can be a challenge. You have to sort through every item in your house, pack and label all your belongings, and transport them safely to your new home.
Here are some tips that can help reduce the stress that comes with moving:
1. Make it a Team Effort
Don't try to sort through your belongings all on your own. Get your friends and relatives to help out by retrieving items that have been stashed away in hard-to-reach places, lift heavier items for you, and help keep track of what needs to be donated and what should be taken with you.
2. Take Measurements
Before moving into your new place, take measurements of the room dimensions and shape. This will help you develop an idea of how you can arrange your furniture in your new home. You can also take pictures of your current home to remind yourself of the current decor in case you want to do something similar at your new home.
3. Get Informed
Before moving into a new retirement community, read about the values and benefits that you can expect once you have settled in. Go online and read reviews that have been written by other residents. If possible, try to get in touch with some of those residents so you can personally ask them questions about the community.
If you are helping your loved ones move, remind yourself that this may be a stressful time, and be patient with them while they voice their concerns. Instead of brushing their concerns aside, allow them to talk while you listen. Your loved ones will feel much better after having talked through their concerns.
If your loved one is having doubts and experiencing negative emotions about moving, do your best to lift their spirits by mentioning all of the positive changes that are going to take place because of the move. And above all, don't become impatient. Moving for anyone is a difficult transition, and should be approached with care and sensitivity. Your assistance in this transition will already go a great deal towards helping make the move less stressful for your loved ones.
6. Stay Organized
Create different categories for the items that need to be moved, donated, or sold, to make the process simpler come moving day. Keep a label maker handy and use it to clearly mark the things that needs to go and the things that need to accompany you during the move. Many retirement communities offer move-in coordinators that visit the homes of soon-to-be residents to help them plan their move. The coordinators can advise you on which of your belongings will be needed at your new home, which items are too big or cumbersome, or which items will no longer be necessary at your new home.
7. Pick a Good Moving Company
Get help from your relatives or the move-in coordinators to pick a good moving company to transport your belongings to your new home. Find a highly rated moving company that will understand the sentimental value of the items you are bringing with you and will carefully transport them to your new home.
8. Sell What You Don't Need
There will probably be a lot of items that you find you don’t need anymore during the move. You can sell these items before moving to reduce the clutter and the confusion when moving day arrives. You can also arrange to have some of these items moved to a relative's house, and try selling them at a later date after you have settled into your new home.
9. Finally, Moving Day!
Make sure the rooms you are moving into have been well-stocked with the essential items including toilet paper, water bottles, snacks, etc. Keep in mind the reasons why your loved ones decided to move into a retirement community in the first place, encouraging them to think about all the things you have to look forward to in your new home.