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If you’re downsizing yourself, there are many decisions and preparation ahead of you. Fortunately, you’re not alone—and you don’t have to do it all at once!

 

1. Plan ahead. If you have the luxury of time, utilize it. Even if you’re not entirely sure where the move will be, use the time you have to start assessing your (or your loved one’s) belongings. Sort through items and decide what will stay and what will go. Start by doing one room at a time. In the months before your move:

 

• Set a firm date if you can

• Get estimates from movers and moving managers, if your budget allows. For help, visit: http://www.movesforseniors.com/senior-moving-services/

• Make a floor plan: If a room isn’t available yet, get the specs of the room you anticipate moving into, so you will know exactly how much space you have to work with.

• Visualize. Since you know what the space will look like, develop a sense of how you want to organize and place furniture.

• Make notes: Will family possessions be passed on and who will receive them? Make a checklist.

 

2. Mind the details. In the weeks before the move, connect with insurers, utility companies and the post office to ensure all updates, adjustments and cancellations have been made. Don’t forget to:

 

• Confirm the movers – it never hurts to check in

• Refill medications and transfer future refills to a closer pharmacy

• Pack an essentials box – you don’t want to worry about what you or your loved one will need on your first day in your new home.

 

3. Enjoy. It can be easy to dwell on the challenges in times of transition. Allow yourself or encourage your loved one to enjoy some excitement for all the good changes. Whether it’s moving closer to family or into a community filled with future friends, remind yourself and your loved one to look for the positives. Take time to enjoy the new home – and treat yourself to some new decorations like a comforter, or some new framed artwork.