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Ten Tips to downsize and ‘de-stress’ your move!


10. Start Early—End Happy: It’s never too early to begin the downsizing process. Begin by focusing on typical problem areas such as the attic, basement, garage, closets, file cabinets.

9. Get Generous: Since you can’t take everything you own to your new home, now is the time to make arrangements to “gift” some of your treasures to special people in your life—friends, family, neighbors, churches, or favorite organizations.

8. Save Your Memories: You have boxes of photos from every holiday, vacation and birthday. Preserve family photos and stories with audio and video recordings; copy special photos to CDs, try scrapbooking. Or, engage a professional to do it for you.

7. New Looks for Books: If you own large quantities of books, you need to spend time downsizing your collections. Books occupy lots of space and are heavy to move. Consider donating to libraries or senior centers, or sell through used bookstores.

6. Use it Up…Don’t Move it Out: Take an inventory of your canned goods, frozen foods, paper products. Plan to use as many as possible before moving. Pass them on to a local food pantry, or Move for Hunger Initiative.

5. Recycle the Toxins: Take time to put together a box or two of household, yard, and automotive cleaning products—as well as paint—that are considered hazardous. Contact your County Health Department for recycle collection days.

4. Space Plan: Golden Bridges can provide you with a customized floor plan of your new residence to help you determine the pieces of furniture that will fit in your new home and the best location for each. Sell or donate unneeded items.

3. Don’t Lose Touch: Create a list of people, places, utilities, and services that need to be notified of your upcoming change in address. Don’t forget insurance, periodicals, and catalogs you want to continue to receive.

2. Pack a Survival Bag: Put together a bag for move day, including personal needs (medicines, eyeglasses); kitchen needs (snacks, drinks, paper plates & cups); cleaning supplies; and payment for mover (check or credit card).

1. Ask for Help: Moving is not easy and you shouldn’t do it by yourself! Don’t be too proud or independent to ask for assistance. Call Golden Bridges at 888-922-6368, or email to

The cost of a senior move manager can be less than round-trip airfare or gas for a cross-country trip to help Mom move. Call 888-922-6368 for a free consultation!