How Seniors Can Downsize and Make It a Smooth Transition

Guest Blogger Claire Wentz (claire@caringfromafar.com)

How Seniors Can Downsize and Make It a Smooth Transition? For many seniors, daily life can be a struggle due to health or mobility issues. When a home is too big or too full of clutter to maintain, it can make things even more difficult, affecting even the most basic of activities. For this reason, many seniors are choosing to downsize their homes and their lives, trading in a large house with a lot of upkeep for a smaller space that favors their health and continued comfort.

How Seniors Can Downsize and Make It a Smooth Transition

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This can be a big job, so it’s important to understand what goes into downsizing and how to make it a smooth transition. It’s more than just moving; it’s also going through your belongings to declutter and organize, learning how to live smaller, and preparing for a major life change. Fortunately, there are several ways you can make the process go smoothly and reduce stress. It just takes some good planning and a little help from your loved ones.

Here are a few of the best ways you can begin a downsize.

Get organized

One of the most important aspects of moving into a smaller space is getting organized. This means going through each room in your home and removing items you no longer need or have the room for. Keep things neat by sorting them into piles: “Trash,” “Keep,” “Sell,” and “Donate.” Consider handing down items with sentimental value to loved ones or consolidating things like photo albums by scanning your photos on a computer and keeping them digitally. Finding new ways to make room is all about being creative and thinking outside the box.

Save your memories

After living in a house for many years, you’re bound to hold onto many memories and mementos that have sentimental value. Downsizing may mean giving up some of your belongings, but that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything. Hold onto the things that matter most, or gather your family members to see if they’d like to take anything off your hands.

Keep it safe

Preparing for a move—especially one that requires a lot of decluttering—can be messy, so it’s a good idea to make sure your home is safe throughout the process. Keep boxes and packing material out of walkways and designate an area for packed boxes to keep them out of the way.

It’s also a good idea to create packing lists for each box so you can easily find any item you might need. Save important items, such as medication and cleaning supplies, for last.

Get some help

Moving day comes with a lot of work, so choose your help carefully. Ask friends or family members to lend a hand, and do some research when it comes to picking out a mover. If you have pets, designate someone to watch over them so they don’t get hurt or lost during all the activity. Hand out different jobs to each person so you won’t be tripping over one another.

How Seniors Can Downsize and Make It a Smooth Transition
Make some lists

Moving takes organization. Make some lists of everything you need to take care of. This includes finding out when trash day is at the new house, meeting your neighbors, changing your address and utilities, and mapping out the new neighborhood so you can easily find what you need.

Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With a good plan and some simple organization tips, you can make your downsize a success. Remember to practice self-care during this time to ease your stress. Get enough sleep. Stay hydrated, and eat well-balanced meals during the entire process.

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