Since becoming a Certified Senior Move Manager® and completing 56 senior move management projects since January 2016, I've experienced an array of different scenarios. Some of my clients have downsized and moved multiple times in their retirement; others have never downsized before and can't fathom the idea of going through each and every item, making decisions on what to keep and what to let go of. In either case, I recommend making those decisions before your move vs. after for the following reasons:
- You'll save money on the cost of your move. Most Senior Move Managers® and moving companies charge by the hour. If you are paying for packing services, the more you pack to bring with you, the longer it will take, and the more it will cost.
- You'll save time on packing and unpacking, as well as making decisions. Packing your belongings that you don't necessarily need or want, because you are trying to save decision making time, will only add in time spent on this big transition in your life. Try to look at each item only one time. Decide right away whether or not you want to keep it; pack it if so, or put it in a donate or sell bin if not. This will save you from having to spend double the time on each item that you have to decide upon later.
- You'll be able to relax when you and your things have arrived at your new home, with less stress and overwhelm. My clients enjoy being able to sit back and relax when my team and I pack, move, unpack, and setup their new homes. When a client packs more than what they have room for in their new space, it adds to their stress level, because it already may have been an overwhelming experience, and now after moving, they still have to go through more of their things.
Have you downsized before? What was your experience like? Do you have any regrets?
I'd love to hear from you!
Nicole Ramer, SMM~C
Professional Organizer & Certified Senior Move Manager®