October 20, 2022 — Moving at any age is bad enough. But baby boomers have spent decades acquiring all kinds of stuff, adding to the challenges of age. Moving at our age usually means downsizing, when we realize we have 1,000 pounds of stuff (furniture, knicknacks, collections, etc.) that we can’t possibly fit into the 600 pound bag our new home represents.
Enter the “senior move manager”, a new job that can take so much of the pain out of downsizing and moving. This person can help with every aspect, from helping you sort what to keep, how to get rid of the rest, to planning what will fit in your new home – both size wise and stylistically. They can do it all, down to getting your kitchen equipment into the right cupboard in the new kitchen.
There are several companies offering this new service. One is Lets Move by Wayforth, which is geared for seniors. Another is Smooth Transitions, located in Mass. Yet a third is Home Transition Pros in Virginia. While you will pay for their services (often between $60-$125 and hour), the peace of mind and saving of labor and time can be well worth it.
One of the most important helps that companies like this provide is in downsizing, even if you are not moving. Doing this job by yourself is so fatiguing that many people give up or make poor decisions. An experienced pro can figure out what can be sold (and to whom), where to donate other items, and what will work in your new home, sizewise and stylistically. Even if you don’t hire an established company, many people have good luck paying a friend or acquaintance who is organized and decisive to help with these chores.
Bottom line. Getting help with downsizing makes sense to help manage this tedious and marathon job. Please share your thoughts about it in the Comments section below. For more on this topic, see the Washington Post article: “How a Move Manager Can Help You Trim“.
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