The Moves

The Moves

Senior citizen pack-up and move to a new location.
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Written by Cindy Davis

Ways to downsize and get rid of clutter for a better lifestyle and your freedom of movement.

Surprisingly, the end-of-life chapter may be filled with many moves.  Each one will probably make you downsize.  It’s hard to leave your home and say goodbye to neighbors and friends.  Deciding what to bring along is hard too.  A successful move requires organization.

  • First, you have to figure out how much space you’ll have in the new location.  A floorplan with room dimensions is very helpful.
  • Once you know how much room you’ll have, you’re going to have to decide what to take.  Take measurements of the things you want to take.  Have a love one or friend make a new layout with all your belongings.  Don’t forget to add space to move around on foot, with a walker, or in a wheelchair.
  • Even if you aren’t leaving your home, you’ll probably need to move around the furniture, remove tripping hazards, and make bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, and living areas more accessible.  Here too, a floor plan is great. 
  • Separate your things into three groups – keepers, donations, and trash.  Sort, get movers, arrange for charity pick-up or drop-off, and send to dump.  Don’t go it alone and don’t get hurt.  Call on family, friends, and professional movers to help.
  • If all the favorite items don’t fit in the new or modified space, consider other ways to keep cherished memories.

Stories in this category will help you and your loved ones decide what to take in each of The Moves.

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Cindy Davis

Serial entrepreneur and caregiver for eight years. Graduate of Dartmouth College Bachelor of Arts and UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management Masters of Business Administration. Currently a management consultant and owner of Next Level Consulting, Inc.

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