First, DECLUTTERYou’ve heard it before, you know you should do it, but it just seems like too much. Here’s the thing – decluttering will eliminate a lot of the stress of packing. When you declutter, you’re taking a literal weight off your shoulders. When you go to move, you won’t be lugging things around that you don’t even use. You can begin decluttering any time before you upcoming move, but we would suggest beginning approximately 3 months before the big day. This way, you have the time to create your piles of keep, donate, or toss. For tips on how to declutter visit our blog on Home Organization! A great option in your decluttering stage is to rent a storage container. Doing this will allow you to pack up certain belongings with you’re sorting through your things. In this capacity, you can pack your things away slowly and securely. You have all the time in the world when you use a storage container to pack up your home, which will reduce stress closer to moving day.
Second, KEEP AN AGENDASome people buy planners and write down the birthdays of their loved ones and forget about actually planning… we’re speaking from experience. But the trick is to remember that your agenda is your friend, especially during a time that will require lots of planning, remembering dates, and making appointments. This agenda can take many forms. For those who prefer digital organization, use a spreadsheet or your phone’s calendar to keep your phone numbers, daily reminders of tasks, and notifications of appointments. If you belong to the book club, then your paperback agenda or notebook will save your life.
In this agenda keep track of your regular activities, along with:
- Appointments i.e. with your realtor
- Daily Task Reminders i.e. changing your address on one important document a day
- Phone Numbers i.e. your moving company
- Lists i.e. things you need to buy for the new house