It’s not simply a list of things to do. It’s an evolving list of what to do, who to contact, when to do it, who can help, what is my budget, and what do I need to have in order to move in the most organized and efficient manner. TIP: Develop categories for your list and prioritize according to timelines. Start with the date of the move and then work backwards. Perform 1-3 tasks every day, beginning today so that you are not overwhelmed at the end. If it is on your organized moving list, it won’t be missed! What can I do to help you?
Hmm, ever thought about clutter prevention? It is easier for some of us than others because we all accumulate things for different reasons. Like any behavior that you want to change it requires introspection and patience with oneself. Experts say it takes three (3) weeks to change a behavior (aka break a habit). But what is three weeks when you can look forward to a life time of organization and the positive energy created by open, uncluttered spaces? Try to start by asking yourself, “Do I really need this?” “Does this make me happy?” “Will I use this if I buy it?” Organization experts agree that there are strategies that you can commit yourself to employing that prevent the accumulation of more things. For instance, for every non-perishable item that you bring into your space you agree to sell, donate, or discard an item that you do not need or love. Try it! Let me know how that 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!
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?