Vintage Cooperatives

The Details on Downsizing

Shona Schmall - Wednesday, February 08, 2017

It is perfectly normal to feel stressed out about moving, especially into a smaller space. Taking inventory of all your belongings can be a daunting task and it’s easy to find oneself feeling overwhelmed physically and emotionally. However, there are upsides to the downsize! We have found that the process of simplifying results in freedom, fewer chores, and an increase in savings for our members. Here are some tips for making the transition into your new home and community as easy and efficient.

It is important to make the packing process as comfortable as possible. Try to enjoy it! Make some food and drinks to have while you sort and have a friend or family member keep you company. Cherish the walk down memory lane. Take plenty of breaks. Spread out the packing over several days and limit the amount of time you spend on that activity. Keeping these things in mind should help make the experience more relaxed.


Planning Ahead

  • Start the moving conversation with family as early as possible and have them claim their keepsakes.
  • Shred, toss, or give away items that you obviously no longer need.
  • Gather all of your important paperwork (deeds, wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, medical records, military records, diplomas and degrees, birth certificates, passports, etc.); keep them in a safe location like a filing cabinet or safe-deposit box and let close friends or family members know where they are.
  • Refill prescriptions in advance, so you don’t have to worry about them during the move.
  • Prepare for address changes with the post office, your banks, attorney, accountant, insurance agent, investment and retirement accounts, Medicare and Social Security, voter’s registration, family and friends, driver’s license and car registration, newspaper and magazine subscriptions, social clubs and places of worship.


Packing & Moving

  • Go through one room at a time, and divide your belongings into 4 categories: definitely keep, possibly keep, donate, and discard. Use colored stickers or tags to illustrate these categories.
  • Ensure all boxes are properly labeled by space or area in your new residence. Maybe consider designating and labeling certain boxes as “open first” or “important” for items you’ll need to use right away.
  • Pack a suitcase with everything you’ll need for a couple of days during the move.
  • Prepare to spend a few days unpacking and organizing. Ask someone to help or keep you company as you do this. Adjusting to your new surroundings can take days, weeks, or months, but you will feel so much better and lighter once it’s all finished and you’re officially all moved in.

At Vintage Cooperatives, we understand that the process of transitioning into a new community isn’t always easy. That’s why we have wonderful staff and resources available to help make the move as smooth and comfortable as possible.


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