Updated: Nov 6, 2020
Making a move during any stage of life can be difficult and stressful. It’s natural to add items to your home and the longer you live in your home or the more space you have, human nature is to fill the space. The process of decluttering, organizing for the move, relocating and getting settled in a new home can be overwhelming. A move forces you to address all the “stuff” in addition to managing the process.
Life is a series of frequent changes and navigating those changes whether you chose to make the change, a career shift or “rightsize” based on the needs of your family, the process can still be stressful due to the many parts of a move. Tackling all or any part of a move on your own? We have a few tips for you to help keep your sanity and hopefully a seamless move transition.
Start the process early - It is never too early to start the decluttering, donating and planning process. Remember, less is more when it comes to moving.
Space Plan – Every home is different, and all spaces are not the same. Will your current furniture fit in the new space, is it the same style? Having a floor plan of the new space to work in your furniture will save you time, energy and money.
Secure Important Documents – Vital Records, like medical records, powers of attorney, birth certificates, Social Security Cards need to be kept with you and not the movers.
Inventory of Valuables – A good way to do this is to take photos and/or video your belongings and keep an inventory for the big-ticket items including the original receipt.
Set up Utilities with Key Service Providers – Be sure to spend time setting up the service providers you will need at your new place, i.e. Cable, Electric, Gas, Phone.
Divide and Conquer – Put your family to work. Have young children collect leftover packing paper and trash. Have teens help with breaking down boxes and keeping it organized and ready for recycling. Adults can split the heavy lifting, unpacking and organizing. Remember children will reflect your emotions so keep the stress and strain down or they will dish it right back.
Pack a Survival Bag – Pack for at least three days if moving locally, if going cross country pack for a week. We tell clients to pack personal items needed, like prescription medicines, pet supplies, kids’ activities, snacks, water and don't forget to look after your senior family members.
Label Your Boxes - Identify on the box the room where it came from and/or where it is going. Color coding by room is also helpful. Identify boxes to be unpacked first using brightly colored duct tape for easy identification.
Focus on the Heart of the Home First: Kitchen and Master Suite - so basic needs can be met - food and rest. Have clean sheets, bedding and towels available (boxes labeled unpack first) for all family members staying in the home.
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