Whether you’ve lived in your current home for five months or fifty years or somewhere in-between, moving is no joke. It takes work, forethought and courage. Leaving a well-loved and lived-in house is a major step for most people.
Here are a few tips on making it a little easier.
- De-clutter. Get rid of the easy things first (broken things, unused items, unloved knickknacks.) And then be ruthless in what you really want to take to your new and probably smaller home.
- Sell things you no longer want that still have value.
- Pass down beloved items now and watch your family enjoy them.
- Ask for help. If you have no friends or family available there are organizations (senior moving managers) that are trained in helping you move. At the very least, hire professional movers.
- Before you go, reminisce and share stories and memories of the old place. A lot of life was lived there and it deserves reflection.
- Stress the positive aspects of what you’re doing. Moving to a new place for a new time in your life is inspiring, exciting and adventurous. Give yourself credit for this decision and move ahead with confidence and joy.