Are your cabinets overflowing? Attic filled with boxes? Decluttering may be a necessary task prior to downsizing and/or relocating in your retirement years. Know that downsizing can be an emotional experience and it is best done with a positive outlook and focus on the future. If the term downsizing bothers you, think of the process as clearing or cleansing instead. Focus on needs versus wants. Purge only what you don’t NEED. Go with a four-pile approach – keep, sell, give away, and throw away.
Good planning and a detailed checklist will take some of the stress out of relocating whether it is just you or an entire family. As you investigate your options, think about what you are and are not willing to give up. Know what you can do without. And call on the wisdom and knowledge of a local realtor to narrow down possible areas instead of taking an overwhelming, whirl-wind trip to the area.
There is a lot to accomplish when moving with your cat or dog. Even if you are a seasoned mover, relocating with pets involves a different set of challenges. As you undertake the journey of packing up your home and moving to a new one, remember that animals pick up on your state of mind. So be as relaxed as possible throughout the process. Cats, specifically, don’t adapt well to change, they thrive on constancy.