As we age, we often find ourselves looking to downsize. Maybe the kids have moved out, or the maintenance of a larger home has become overwhelming. Whatever the reason, downsizing can be a daunting task. Here are eight downsizing tips for seniors to help navigate the process:

  1. Start early. Downsizing can take a lot of time and effort, so starting early is important. Begin by creating a plan and timeline for your move.
  2. Measure your new space. Before you start packing, measure the rooms in your new home to ensure your furniture will fit. This can help you decide what to keep, sell, or donate.
  3. Make a list. List all the items you have and decide which ones you want to keep, donate, sell, or throw away. Above all, be honest with yourself about what you need and what you don’t.
  4. Take inventory of sentimental items. Downsizing can be especially difficult when it comes to sentimental items. Make a list of these items and decide which ones you want to keep. Consider taking photos of items you can’t keep.
  5. Consider hiring a professional. If downsizing feels overwhelming, consider hiring a professional moving or downsizing company. They can help you with everything from packing to selling unwanted items.
  6. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family members for help. They can help you sort through items and make the process less stressful.
  7. Stay organized. Label boxes clearly and keep a detailed inventory of what’s inside. This can help make the unpacking process easier and quicker.
  8. Take breaks. Downsizing can be emotionally and physically draining. Take breaks when you need to. Above all, don’t push yourself too hard.

Downsizing can be difficult, but with the right plan and mindset, it can also be a freeing and positive experience. For more downsizing tips for seniors and a moving quote, contact Premiere Van Lines toll-free at 1-877-671-6683.