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A move to a senior living community can be an exciting time as it brings more freedom and independence. However, downsizing before the move is often emotional as you have to taper down your belongings. This process can be overwhelming in many ways as it is physically, emotionally and mentally draining. While it’s daunting, it can be completed easier with good planning and support from a loved one.
Once you have chosen the best senior living community for your needs, you can follow these steps to prepare for your move.
Decluttering is easier said than done. Before you start, know the exact dimensions of your new space so you know exactly what you can take with you. For each space (living room, bedroom, kitchen, etc.) take five boxes into the room and assign them a category: keep, give to family, donate, sell, and throw away.
When determining the best category for each item, ask yourself the following:
Remember, it is not uncommon to tackle boxes several times in an effort to keep paring them down.
Downsizing can seem like an overwhelming task but at Peabody we follow a downsizing program, originally outlined in a terrific book, that helps to break down the moving process into multiple parts, to make moving easier for seniors.
We also hold downsizing events at Peabody to address concerns, review the different parts of the process and we even provide a free copy of the downsizing book. These small sessions allow you to connect with other seniors who are also moving and going through the same feelings you are. Plus, current residents even share their own stories to help ease any worries and concerns.
Many seniors know that there will come a time when they need to downsize in order to make the move to a senior living community. With the right help and by following these helpful tips, the process of moving seniors doesn’t have to be stressful. Stay positive about simplifying your life and the potential of a new place with less clutter. When you are ready to make the move to independent living, visit Peabody Retirement Community. Contact us when you are ready to consider a vibrant solution for your future.