Make Packing a Breeze- Do These 5 Things First
If you’ve ever moved before, you know how long and painstaking it can sometimes feel. You realize how much junk you have accumulated over the years and you start to ask yourself if you even want to bother to move it all or if you rather take a trip to a large dump and clean your hands of it. But, just like in sports, the “pre-game” can set the tone for everything to come. If you start right, you’ll end right. So here are 5 things to think about and do before you even pick up a moving box.
1. Give Yourself Time-
If you know the date you are planning to get in your moving truck and take off, give yourself time beforehand to organize, decide what you want and don’t want, and get rid of things you haven’t used for years. Sometimes time is not on your side, if this is the case, instead take 1 day to get organized instead of a few. Drop the kiddos off with the sitter, let the dog play in the yard for a bit, and bust it out. Where there’s a will there’s a way. But by organizing first, your move take off without a hitch, or at least less hitches.
2. Make A List-
Whether it’s a list of things you want to keep, or the order you would like to pack, making a list solidifies your plans and allows everyone to be on the same page. If you keep your “list” in your head, it can get lost in the stress of the situation at hand. American author, Peter McWilliams said, “People who want to appear clever rely on memory. People who want to get things done make lists.” Be a do-er.
3. Part with the Junk-
Moving is a great opportunity to purge your home of things you haven’t used for years, can’t remember its use, have wanted to get rid of but never had the motivation to follow through, or simply won’t fit in your new place. A good general rule: If you have to justify why it should stay, it should probably just go.
When you have decided on items you want/don’t want, think about donating to a local thrift store, homeless shelter, etc. One mans junk could be another mans treasure. You could also think about letting friends take dibs on your items as a thank you for helping with the move. You could also consider re-purposing your items. Maybe you need a larger kitchen table but don’t love the idea of letting your old one go? Consider cutting it in half to make a built in desk.
5. Have a System-
Now that you have undergone the organizing “pre-game”, get ready for the real deal by establishing a system. Maybe you want to color code boxes, maybe packing room by room would help you, or it could be as simple as sharpie-ing what’s in each box. Whatever moves your groove. Just have some sort of system that alleviates confusion and helps the moving process go quicker from one destination to the next.
Moving can be stressful, hard, and sometimes sad but taking the right steps beforehand can make all the difference. Let the adventure begin!