Do you have a plan? Do you have a contingency plan? What is your most successful strategy when you are planning? Having a plan is like using a map. It provides direction from a starting point to a destination. There are generally alternative routes. Don’t set off without a plan and a sense of others ways to arrive at your destination, if appropriate. Using a calendar or daily schedule allows you to keep appointments and use your non-scheduled time efficiently. Working with a floor plan allows you to visualize how to use and enhance your space. There are loads of ways to use a plan to organize, what works for you?
In the process of moving, even when using professional movers, it seems that the process never ends. Do you really need to keep that item? Do you really want to pay to move it? When was the last time that you actually used it? Now is the time to make this an opportunity to continue downsizing and decluttering. Donating, gifting, and discarding before the items are packed is the key. You will be able to save time unpacking, moving in, and be able to start decorating with a clean slate!
Time savers are intended to save you time to do the things that you enjoy, not necessarily just to get more done! What are your most successful time savers? Do you put things in the same place all of the time so that you don’t waste time looking for them? Do you store your items near the places that you use them? Do you look at your schedule on a daily basis and reprioritize? Not everything has the same time urgency. Do you feel comfortable delegating at work and at home? Saving time is an important organizational skill and like saving money, it’s a great investment in yourself.
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Organizing a move can be a daunting task for most of us. When you begin to declutter in preparation it is important to make decisions at the early stages…try to avoid rethinking what stays and what goes, as well as moving your stuff from one place to another. There is great satisfaction in sharing the things that you once loved and can no longer take with you. So here’s another tip: when you sell or give something to a friend, encourage them to declutter something in their home…something out to make room for something coming in. You can do this yourself or with a professional organizer’s help.
Want to avoid how overwhelming a move can be? Here are some tips that I hope you will find helpful: 1. Throw out 3 things every day. Discard things that you don’t need or haven’t used in a year or more, things that are no longer useful, make you happy, or cannot be repaired. 2. Donate or sell 1 item every week. If it hasn’t fit in more than a year, someone else might enjoy it. If you used to love it and now, don’t know what you were thinking when you bought it, donate or sell! 3. Have a packing party! Invite family and friends and ask everyone to pack at least 1 box. Provide snacks and beverages. Gather markers, labels, boxes, tape, cushioning materials. Play music, make it fun. What ideas can you add?