If you’re preparing to move into a senior living community, you probably feel overwhelmed at the prospect of packing all of your things. You undoubtedly want to feel comfortable in your new home, and you want the transition to be as smooth as possible, but you might not know which belongings are essential to pack, and which items you can safely leave behind. Our team has put together this helpful packing checklist to help you make those tough decisions.
Ask Beforehand What Is Provided At The Senior Living Community
We recommend you visit your future home and take notes about what will be provided for you. You may have a furnished room or you may be able to bring your own furniture, and perhaps your senior living community will provide you with bedding and towels, or perhaps you’ll bring your own. Other things to check for include a television and cable service, WiFi, laundry service, and a small refrigerator for your room. The staff in your new community will want to make your transition as easy as possible, so be sure to ask if you have specific questions.
Choose Small Items That Feel Like Home
As you prepare to move into your new home, think about where you currently live. What makes it feel like home? What items in your home make you feel happy? Small items and little touches can have a big, positive impact in your new home – things like photo albums, family photos, homemade gifts from over the years, and sentimental things like jewelry that have been passed down to you.
You may have a favorite lamp, a piece of art you love, or a cozy blanket you snuggle up with on a chilly winter evening. Take inventory of your current home and make a list of all the smaller items that will give your new home that special feeling.
Pack The Clothes You Use The Most
Moving is a great opportunity to get rid of clothes you no longer wear. Many of us have a habit of hanging onto certain items of clothing for a little too long, whether it’s an old pair of jeans we know we won’t wear again, or a worn-out sweater that has seen better days.
Even if you have a very spacious closet at your new senior living community, we recommend packing the clothes that you wear the most. Choose your favorite jeans, shirts, cardigans, and other items like shoes and belts, and consider donating everything else.
Remember All Your Toiletries
Our toiletries form an important part of our daily routine. You likely have a preferred shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, and other grooming products you use on a daily basis. Bringing your trusted toiletries to your new home is a great way to help you settle in more quickly. When it comes to products like perfumes and colognes, having a familiar scent can make you feel more at home.
Your senior living community may have a pharmacy or a store where you can stock up on the essentials, but please bring all your toiletries from home to start.
If you’d like more information about how to efficiently pack for your move to a senior living community, or if you have any questions, please contact our team at UMC today. We look forward to hearing from you, and perhaps welcoming you soon!
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