Moving is stressful. And the older you
get, the more stressful it becomes.
There’s the sheer chaos that goes with
downsizing, packing up and relocating,
but there are mental challenges, too.
Moving is one of life’s major transitions;
it’s not always easy to let go of things
and leave a place behind that was home
for many years.
KEEP IN MIND
“Free” is a magic word when you’re looking to get rid of things you no longer need or want.
“People often feel overwhelmed
by a move,” says Leslie Beliveau, a
member of the National Association of
Senior Move Managers and the owner
of an organizing business. “There
are time restraints involved and it’s a
very physical job. There can be a lot of
difficult emotions, too. For some seniors,
Beliveau says her business is
increasingly focusing on downsizing as
many baby boomers make the leap from
thousands of square feet of living space
That usually means going through
decades of accumulated things and
making decisions about what to do with
Making your move
Closing the door on your home—and the life you lived there—
isn’t easy, but there are ways to make the change less stressful
WRITTEN BY GREG HARRIS
ILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL BYERS