Moving is always a bit of hassle, specially if you haven’t moved in awhile. When the decision to downsize is made, most are moving for first time in many years. While the process is strenuous, here are few tips to make it hassle free!
Senior Moving Manager
According to the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM.org), members are “individuals who assist older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or aging in place.” They offer one-stop shopping for downsizing, organizing and coordinating your move. Senior Move Managers acknowledge the time it took to accumulate the lifetime of possessions, so they take the time to go through everything with the senior parent, whether it takes weeks or months. If you don’t have one in your area, you can still create your own senior move management plan by utilizing some or all of the following tips listed.
If you’re moving into smaller quarters, downsizing first can greatly reduce the hassle associated with your move. If you don’t need it or want it (or won’t have room for it) it’s best to make that determination before packing the first box.
Family and friends may be able to help with this, but sometimes exacerbate the situation. A downsizing specialist is sensitive to the emotional aspects of eliminating personal items, while also making valuable recommendations on how to best dispose of what’s no longer needed or wanted. An example of this is a specialist helping a women separate from her teapot collection. The downsizing specialist advised the senior woman select her top three favorite teapots to take with her to her new home to place into her dinette cabinet in her new assisted living apartment. Then, the move manager took digital photos of the other 82 teapots, had a poster made at Walgreens for $20, and had it framed at a framing store for another $50. All of the beautiful teapots the senior woman had collected all these years could now live on as artwork to hang in her dinette to look at every day and share with people where she got each one.
Professional organizers, aging-in-place specialists, and staging professionals can be very helpful in determining how to best utilize your new space—and what to bring with you—before you move. They’ll reduce your overall workload by only moving the items that work best in your new home, and help you make your new space organized, safe, and more enjoyable. Failing to plan before moving means you’ll have to find a place for extra items on the other end—or risk crowding your new location, which will decrease your enjoyment of your new home.
Portable On Demand Storage (PODS) can be a convenient alternative to traditional moving services. Your storage container will be dropped off at your location where you can fill it at your convenience, on your own schedule. Once everything’s packed, the container is sealed and moved to your new location where you can take your time unpacking it. This approach is often preferable for do-it-yourself moves and less stressful than making harried moving-day decisions with professional movers.
These services cater to seniors and are growing with each passing day. Baby boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10K per day, this huge population of 79 million people is going to attract a lot of people to aging services. Use these growing services to make your moving process smooth and easy!