Are you thinking about a move to an active adult community? Reorganizing your lifelong accumulation of household goods can be a bit overwhelming so begin with the end in mind. The ultimate goal is peace of mind and easy living. It’s time to enjoy the lifestyle you’ve earned without the burden of a house, yard, and so many things to keep track of. This is your opportunity to make your new home exactly what you want, what you need and what you find meaningful.
Start the process by organizing small items such as clothing, papers, knick-knacks, toiletries, dishes, glassware, and linens. Those are the items that tend to accumulate over the years.
Designate a space in your home where you can set up three areas: one for items that will be going to your new residence, one for items to be given to children and family, and a third for items to be donated or sold. Try to sort through a few things each day.
Move on to large items such as upholstery, wood furniture, lamps, and art. Consider the floor plan of your new residence. Ask for measurements of your new space and use graph paper and scaled drawings of furniture to “arrange” your things. This will help you decide the best use for these larger items. Think about how you will spend your time and how best to arrange that new space to accommodate your needs and desires.
Make a list of items in each of the three areas to help you keep track of what you’ll need to have moved and who among your family will get other items. You’ll also want to itemize donations for tax purposes.
Remember to keep the goal in sight. You will be in your new residence with freshly painted walls, new flooring, new appliances, and wonderful surroundings that are maintenance free. Best of all you will see your furnishings in a whole new setting. And because you brought what you truly love, it will feel like home!