Moving is a reality for all of us. For retirees, that may mean a move to a smaller place, moving to an assisted living center or in with relatives. Wherever your move takes you, you'll have a better experience if you follow some basic moving tips.
If at all possible, plan your move well in advance. Giving yourself time to gather your things and your thoughts will make the move more pleasant and efficient. It allows you time to say good-bye to old friends and organizations and discover new activities in the community that will soon become your home. Use time wisely; it creeps away quickly.
Use a computer program, note cards or whatever has worked for you in the past and organize exactly what needs to happen at what point in your moving experience. By consulting a calendar, you can quickly organize things like garage sales, utility cut offs, good-bye parties and the big moving day with no overlap or last minute squeezing-in.
Get rid of clothes you don't (or can't) wear anymore, trinkets and furniture that just won't fit in the new place. Make a list of items you plan to get rid of and distribute it to family, offering to give it to them first. To avoid hurt feelings, keep the distribution as even as possible and pay special attention to requests that have sentimental attachments to an individual. The rest of the items can be sold at a yard sale, consignment shop or on Craig's List or Facebook. You may also choose to donate items to a local assistance organization or church.
Be reasonable in what you keep. Items that go into storage will likely never dome out. Keeping off season clothing or large items you plan to bequeath to your family is fine, but don't keep everything you own, planning on 'going through it later'. Later almost never happens.
Keep packing boxes fairly small to make it easier to load them. You can purchase used boxes at storage or moving stores, or ask for boxes from a grocery store. Milk boxes are sturdy, have handles and stack well.
Make sure to use a black marker to label boxes. Be specific in what is inside and what room the box should be put in upon arrival to the new house. Taking a little extra time while packing makes a big difference when you're getting settled.
Every move is a new experience. By letting family and friends help you and using some common sense, the move to simplify your retirement life can be just that - simplified.