Moving can be such a stressful time for people and for seniors the job can affect them both physically and mentally. However sometimes it cannot be avoided, so here are some key things for seniors to keep in mind to help the move go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Helping hands
The most important thing is to ask for help! No one can do a move alone and the more helping hands the better. For seniors, lifting and bending can be challenging at times, so call in your family for help! Figure out how much of the move you’ll be able to manage on your own and what you will need help with. Hiring professional movers is something to consider if it’s in the budget. Don’t wait until the last minute to scramble help together, give people as much notice as you can to plan for the big day. You might need people to help you pack ahead of time too.

Make a plan
Many seniors may have lived in their home for many years, saying good-bye can be emotionally difficult, so it’s best to give yourself plenty of time and make a plan. Break your move down into smaller tasks so it feels less overwhelming and more manageable. Give yourself lots of time… doing a small amount each day will help accomplish the tasks at hand, and will not be too emotionally overwhelming. Plan out which areas to do first and work from there. Make a timeline of required tasks from your moving date backwards, to make sure everything gets done leading up to your move.

Purge
As you work away around the house packing and organizing use this opportunity to declutter. It may be difficult to let go of some things but it will definitely help with the move and remember that it’s the memories that you carry with you that are most important. You could also consider giving these items to friends or family. Set up a sorting system for garbage, donating/giving away and what you’re keeping.

Make your move an easier one by following these tips for a successful moving day.