Moving can be a big job, disliked by many, but there are some things that you can do to make the move go smoother, easier and without any drama. Most of the stress that most people encounter can be avoided by not putting off the preparation until the last moment. If carried out pragmatically and positively, getting ready to can actually be cathartic, enjoyable and energizing.
There are 5 things to consider when moving
- In most cases, people are aware that they are going to be moving well in advance. So, preparation can start as soon as the decision has been made to move and even long before a new home is found. The more time that you have, the more stress-free this factor can be, and you will only have to devote just a small amount of time each day.
- Dispose of Ballast. Ballast is anything that you are never going to use again or which should be replaced. Tack on to that, anything you simply don’t want anymore, but haven’t gotten around to disposing of. Take on one room at a time, and give yourself a week or two to complete each room. You’re moving to a smaller home, so just let go of stuff that you really don’t need.
- Pack As You Go. The wonderful thing about going through rooms to remove ballast is that you can pack things you know you won’t be using before moving. Things such as photo albums, stamp collections, books, out of season clothing, the knickknacks you want, etc. It’s much easier to pack when you aren’t under any pressure! Put on some tunes, listen to an educational talk or have your favourite DVD film playing. Enjoy the process and make sure to mark each box with the room it came from and its basic contents, or create a manifest if you prefer.
- A Convenient Area. Over the next few weeks, the moving boxes will begin to build up, so if possible, select an area from the beginning that will be the most convenient to put them. Don’t just leave them all over the place! If you will be hiring professional movers, it is less important where the boxes go, but if you’ll be moving them outside yourself at moving time, try to make an area as near to the front door as possible. This will help shorten the walk to the moving van!
- Prepare Your New Smaller Home. Take a walk around your new home and imagine moving your things in. Seeing that you’ve been going through all of them for a few weeks, you’ll have a great idea of just what you have and what should go where.
PS – If your refrigerator is old and big, why keep it? After all, you don’t really need a big one in a smaller home, do you? You can give it away to somebody, or even to a charity shop and get a nice new one.