Moving is a big decision at any age. For baby boomers, uncertainty about jobs, family commitments, finances or lifestyle may be heaped onto indecision about what to take and what to leave behind. Feeling comfortable about change is important. Here are 10 organizing strategies boomers can use before they decide to move.
1. Determine what you want
The first organizing strategy requires you to tap into your thoughts and determine what you want. Do you want a simpler life? What does simpler mean to you? What are your must-haves? Do you want less or more space? Answering these types of questions brings clarity.
2. Decide on location and lifestyle
Moving requires that you have a new destination in mind. Where will you go? What influences your choice for that location? Review all the possibilities. Imagine what you will do once you get there. How will you do it? What do you need to participate in these activities?
3. Be realistic about finances
Knowing and assuming you can afford to live somewhere else are two different things. Follow housing prices and talk with realtors to learn what you can get for your money. Are prices rising or falling? What are the taxes? If you’re still working, are salaries comparable to what you are making now? Is your nest egg still intact? Go over your finances to make sure your assets are valued correctly.
4. Consider family influences
Many boomers think it’s wise to live close to their aging parents or adult children. Family connection is important to many, but certainly not all. It remains a factor for discussion when deciding when, how and where to move. Assess transportation costs and convenience for you and them.
5. Explore health facilities
For boomers with health concerns or fitness practices, being close to health facilities can be an important influence on where to live. Find out where the facilities are, what kind of approach they take to healthcare, insurance they accept and what specialties are available.
6. Assess climate change
After shoveling and slipping through winter snowstorms or other climate hazards, lots of people hope to spend their time in year-round warm climates. But warm in the winter may mean hot in the summer. Very hot weather with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees can be stifling so it should be considered. If you love and look forward to the change of seasons consider how you can be accommodated during inclement weather.
7. Does style matter?
Consider the style of home you want to live in. Does a single-level appeal to you? Would you like living in a condominium or townhouse with less maintenance? Will your belongings fit in this style of house?
8. Create or refer to a moving checklist
Don’t keep all the details in your head. Write them down. A checklist can help you prioritize, remember and reward yourself for getting things done. Here is a moving checklist to get you started.
The time has come to organize your stuff. Assess what you will take and what gets left behind. Before a move is a great time to do such an assessment. If you need help reach out to family, friends or a professional organizer.
10. Be happy
For many people, a move means a new beginning. It’s a chance to leave the old routines behind and start anew. Being optimistic will help you get done what needs to get done. You may decide to stay put. Feeling happy is a good indicator that you are ready to make the decision and act. Your happiness also shows those around you that this is a good decision for you.
Using these 10 organizing strategies before you decide to move will help keep you on track whatever you decide to do.