5 Tips for a Stress-Free Downsizing Move During the Summer

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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Downsizing Move During the Summer

Downsizing can be a time of excitement. However, when you’re faced with the prospect of packing up your home and moving into a smaller space, it can be overwhelming. Furthermore, if you are a senior or if your parents have reached a certain stage in their lives, this can be a necessity for yourself or them. 

Thankfully, relocating into a new space doesn’t need to be stressful or time consuming. Whether you're downsizing because you want to be closer to family members or prefer to live in a retirement home, these tips can help ease the transition and creating a stress-free move for the summer.

 

Starting Planning Early

 

Moving day is an important milestone in a senior’s life. Considering the scale of the project, planning ahead can help remove strain and anxiety during the transition. Research ideal moving days and times and learn how long it will take to shift your belongings. Create a list of items you want in your new home and determine where (or if) they will belong. Also, if you’re moving during the summer, book the moving services in advance as this tends to be a busier time of year for truck rentals.

 

Research Your New Living Space 

 

Downsizing can be a sign of positive change, whether it means a different house or even new city. Be sure to research where you want to live. Are you planning to spend your days in a condo or in the comfort of a retirement home? Once you've decided on your ideal location, get to know the new neighbourhood and discover the amenities close by. If you want to stay in a senior community space, learn more about the facilities they have to offer. For example, here at the Waterford of Summerlea, we offer dining, planned social events, and weekly housekeeping services for our residents. 

 

Create a Plan for Packing, and Declutter 

 

When deciding to live in a smaller home, you may have to let go of some things you've had for years. This can mean throwing away items you have never used or giving away sentimental objects from your childhood. To help you stay organized, create a plan for your things. Start with larger areas in your home and move to smaller ones like your bathroom. Create lists of personal belongings you want to keep, throw away, or give to charity. As you organize and pack up items, abel each box so it’s easier to sort things once you’re moved in.

 

Have a Support Group 

 

It is important to minimize any stress when you are about to embark on a new adventure. During such times, the person moving should have a support system in place, especially if they are older or have limited mobility. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Get your children and grandchildren to assist with packing, unpacking, or decluttering your home (with your supervision, of course). If you need additional support, call a professional to relocate your furniture to your new home. 

 

Flexibility and Patience 

 

Moving is a process that takes time, and it is important to be mentally prepared. When your date has been fixed, check off packing and preparation-related tasks and never expect everything to go perfectly. Remember to stay flexible and keep an open mind because plans change and unexpected decisions can come up. 

 

If yourself, an older friend, or your parents are looking to downsize and need a new living space, consider one with multiple amenities, activities, and a location in a great neighbourhood. That’s us at the Waterford of Summerlea! Our housing options come in multiple sizes, such as studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. Our independent living spaces have everything you need to ensure a comfortable environment. Contact us today to learn more!