If you’re not using your china or crystal for entertaining, instead of letting it sit in a cabinet or stored away in boxes, consider using it for your everyday dishware.

What might be holding you back from making a move? Is it the cherished family photos that are too overwhelming to sort, family furniture that you are unsure about taking on a move, or all of the beautiful mementos that have been collected over the years?

Two potential residents meet with a personal moving consultant, right in their own kitchen, to talk about moving to an Erickson Living community.

Moving can feel like an overwhelming task, especially if you haven’t done it in a number of years. How can you feel confident that you’re taking the right steps, hiring the right professionals, and checking all the right boxes?

An African American man and woman smile and pose with their moving boxes, getting ready to downsize.

Let’s face it. Letting go of belongings can be stressful! And it’s not just the physical act of sorting through hundreds of items in your house; it’s the emotional and psychological impact of making decisions about things you’ve owned for years, decades, or even generations.

Selecting an apartment home that fits your lifestyle is so much more than choosing a set number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

It can be exciting to envision a fresh start in a brand-new space.

On the left, hands hold up Bidding signs. On the right, an auctioneer bangs a gavel.

There’s no denying our possessions can hold a great deal of sentimental value. However, if you believe the items you’ve collected over the years have monetary value as well, you may wish to consider selling them through an auction house or estate sale.

A woman in a pink shirt packs kitchen items into cardboard boxes

As you plan to move to a retirement community, you may be dreading downsizing. Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. I recently moved from a house to a smaller living space, so I know firsthand how overwhelming it can seem. But never fear. Like me, you can do it. And you’ll be amazed at how happy and proud you’ll be when you’ve cleared all the clutter.

Personal moving consultants have the expertise to manage your move in just about any type of weather.

Spring and summer are often considered the prime time of year to sell your house and move. In our experience, however, winter is the unsung hero of the real estate market. A winter move can save you time, stress, and even money.

Beat the competition

A personal moving consultant meets with an incoming Erickson Living community member in her home

Planning a move at any stage of life is stressful. You have to organize, pack, clean, load, transport, unpack, and reorganize all of your furniture and belongings—not to mention sell your house and buy a new one! As soon as you add the daunting task of downsizing to the mix, it’s no wonder people put off their move.

Lynn and Andrew Kochis used Charlestown’s vetted vendors for their move to Erickson Living’s Catonsville, Md., community over the summer.

While researching retirement communities, Lynn and Andrew Kochis asked residents of Charlestown whether or not they felt they had moved to the Catonsville, Md., community at the right time. Overwhelmingly the answer they heard most was, “I wish I had moved sooner.”