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How To Move To A Retirement Community Soon

Many times, the stress of thinking about an impending decision is more troublesome than actually undertaking the task at hand. This is not an uncommon sentiment for people who have moved to John Knox Village East. Many people who live here tell me, “I don’t know what I was so worried and stressed about.  Once I put an action plan together and started chipping away at it, it was a relief.”  As folks accumulate a lifetime of clutter in their homes, it’s only natural to become worried about it and wonder how they’ll ever get through the items they’ve got in their houses.  Below are some tips to help you get through this process.  Moving into JKVE sooner, rather than later, will help to ensure you get the level of health services you need.

The first step is just to start. As the old saying goes, every journey starts with just one step.  Sometimes, this is the hardest part for people to undertake.  They just need to start.  You can begin by getting a bag and cleaning out your junk drawer.  Then, decide what to declutter next.  By simply undertaking one task a day, you’ll have made a significant dent in just one month.  A good place to start is to limit the process to no more than 2 hours per day….that way, it’s not overwhelming and it can be fun – have a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of wine or a beer to celebrate when you’ve completed your daily routine.  Now, you don’t want to just start throwing stuff out willy-nilly; so, make sure there’s some order to your process.

Decide what you definitely want to keep. Everyone has certain items that they want to retain no matter what.  Perhaps it’s large items such as furniture, TVs, kitchen tables, curio cabinets.  Or, there may be certain sentimental keepsakes that don’t want to part with.  In any event, just start deciding what you have to keep, what you want to keep and what you can get rid of.  You can color-code these items.  For example, put a green sticker on what you’re keeping, put a blue sticker on what you’re donating and a red sticker on what you’re discarding.

A big part of getting rid of stuff is typically making your adult kids get their stuff out of your house. Don’t let grown kids who are typically in their 40s or 50s continue to use your house as a storage unit or a museum.  It’s time for them to come and get old sports trophies, school projects, yearbooks and get them out of your house.  Keep a notebook during this process.  You will think of things to add and questions you might have and it’s useful to have this notebook with you so you can jot things down as they come to you.

Another big step is deciding who will help you move the stuff you ultimately keep. Is it going to be family members, friends or a professional moving company?  Regardless of who will do the heavy lifting, there are professional downsizing companies that can help you through the downsizing process.  Most of these companies will come and meet with you and provide a free estimate…that way, you can decide if you want to spend the money with them to help you downsize and move.  Additionally, many of these companies can help you coordinate a sale if you have enough items that need to be gotten rid of.

You’ll also want to make a plan for those seemingly inconsequential tasks that need to be done. You’ll need to change your address with the post office, arrange to change your utilities, change the addresses on your credit cards, bank statements, investment accounts, Medicare and Social Security and voter registration.  You’ll also need to let family and friends know your new address.

By simply starting the process, you can get done more quickly and start enjoying the stress-free lifestyle John Knox Village East offers sooner, rather than later.  Call us today at 660-584-4416 or visit us at and fill out the form to find out more.

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