You have everything lined up for your retirement: your funding, your plan, and all the fun you’ll have. Now, it’s time to deal with an important transition: finding where you’ll spend your time. Let these tips for moving to a smaller space in retirement help you organize this critical—and exciting—change for your golden years.
- Donate big so you can live small. As you downsize, you’ll learn that you just can’t take everything with you. So, what should you do with it? Donate! It can even earn you tax deductions. Additionally, talk to friends and family about what you’re donating, especially if it includes items of historical, familial, or sentimental value. You may be able to give some furniture to a relative, old dolls to a child in the family, or jewelry to a dear friend.
- Learn about the cost of living. You may be moving across town or across the country. However, it’s not distance that heralds success—it’s the cost of living. Do research on your intended hometown, seeing how much rent, food, gas, utilities, and other services cost. In fact, get to know the cost of living—and see what it means for your personal budget.
- Utilize a moving crew or rely on family members. Don’t start off your golden years with an injury. Instead, get some help—like a moving crew or able family members. Additionally, if you need assistance rearranging furniture once you’ve moved in, make sure that you ask for help. Besides, you’ve earned a relaxed moving day!
- Be strategic about your packing and unpacking. Not only should you label your boxes, both with the contents and the room they’ll reside in, but you should also mark each room in your new residence with a sign. On that sign, just say what that room will be. That way, if movers or loved ones are helping you, they’ll know where to go. Finally, pack less in each box, and opt for little boxes as well. This will make them less cumbersome.
- Hire a cleaning crew. Though this advice may seem routine, many people make a critical mistake: they hire the crew after they’ve moved in. Instead, you should hire them before, allowing them to get a fresh pass at your unfurnished new residence. If a hired crew is out of your wheelhouse, you, friends, or family can also get some supplies and do the job yourselves. Won’t it be nice to move into a freshly-cleaned house?
- Pack an overnight bag. It may seem strange packing an overnight bag for your own home, but once you’re exhausted, surrounded by a sea of boxes, you’ll thank yourselves for having all of your everyday items in an accessible space. A few things you should include are: toiletries, a bath towel, soap, clothes and pajamas for the next couple of days, phone and technology chargers, and of course your wallet and keys. You’ll also want to bring a toolkit, a pack of lightbulbs, ant or insect traps, and of course a box cutter or some scissors.
- Take your time unpacking. We’re not saying that you should spend a whole year unpacking! Still, this is an important addition to these tips for moving to a smaller space in retirement. Unpacking can cause back, arm, and leg pain—especially if you’re relentless about it. Instead, set a quota of boxes per day—something that you can feasibly do—and take frequent breaks. You’ve worked tirelessly to get to retirement; let yourselves enjoy it!
Soon, you’ll be saying, “Home sweet home” in your new place. Thankfully, these tips for moving to a smaller space in retirement will give you more time to enjoy your residence, making it a well-deserved haven in your golden years.
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