Maximize Your Effort with these Mindful Tips!
After much searching and planning, you’ve finally signed the contract on your new home — congratulations! The hard part now is waiting until move-in day! Does the prospect of moving give you a flurry? So much excitement mixed with so much to get done! With such a milestone on the horizon, you may be eager to make plans for your new home but are unsure of where to start. Questions about packing, relocating and decorating are sure to whirl through your mind as your excitement mounts. With some mindful planning, you can take steps towards streamlining your move and prepare yourself for setting into your new home with less stress!
Don’t try to tackle it all — all at once!
- Waiting until the last minute to clean, sort and pack can lead to stress and hasty decisions which you may regret later on, so start small and begin a few months before the move.
- Create your own moving checklist and break the job into bite size tasks.
- Each week empty and sort a drawer or closet. Chances are, once you start, you’ll want to keep rolling!
- Toss or donate items that have long been forgotten about — and no need to move broken or unused items, either!
- Use this time to sort through and pack seldom-used household items like decorations, seasonal clothing and gear. Pare down to the essentials and you likely won’t even miss the rest!
- Try designating one tote per family member for keepsakes and memorabilia. We all have treasures that are important to us — now is the perfect time to contemplate how many of these tokens you truly need to hang on to.
- If you have a box or more of photos, create a digital album or hard copy photobook. Then, toss the prints that can’t be salvaged.
- Investigate converting old home movie reels or VHS to DVDs or digital media. Not only will you be passing along posterity, you could significantly lighten your load on moving day!
- If you haven’t completed a craft project in more than a year, chances are you don’t need to move that project with you — let that go, too!
- Check with local organizations for items they may need. This is a perfect time to pass along duplicate items to a worthy home.
- Packing less means you’ll have less to unpack and you’ll enjoy the relief of settling into your new home more quickly. A bonus — if you’re relocating over a long distance, you’ll save money by not transporting unwanted and unnecessary goods. Every little bit adds up!
Think outside the boxes, too!
- By now you may have eliminated some clutter by contributing carloads to a donation center or hosting a yard sale – great job! Whether you’ll be hiring a moving company or packing yourself, there are still a few things you need to think about before items go into boxes.
- Check with your moving company for a list of sensitive items which they will not transport. You don’t want to be caught off guard with unexpected cargo that you’re suddenly trying to find room for in your already packed-to-the-brim vehicle.
- If you’re moving yourself, check Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for moving boxes and packing materials.
- Consult your insurance company to verify the coverage of your belongings over the course of your relocation.
- Should you need to use a temporary storage unit, invest in one that’s climate-controlled — it’s a decision you’ll never regret!
- Account for all your valuables! Take pictures or video to document the condition of your furniture and other important items. In the event that you need to make an insurance claim, recent documentation is beyond helpful! (Here I speak from personal experience!)
- If you’re relocating from another state, investigate laws for traveling across state lines with things like boats and firearms to name a few.
Impulse purchase will be tempting, but patience is key!
- Do invest in proper cleaning supplies, home care products, storage and organization.
- Commit to regularly scheduling home maintenance to keep your investment in tip-top shape.
- Resist the temptation to make instant decisions on paint colors or to purchase new items like furniture, area rugs, or décor. Once you’ve lived in your home for awhile, you’ll get to know common traffic patterns, the daily movement of natural light, and also where and how your family tends to spend the most time. Though you can imagine these factors beforehand, they might play out differently in actuality, so avoid impulse purchases!
- Try not to make purchases just to be on trend! Does an item truly bring you joy, is it practical — or are you just trying to replicate an image from a magazine or Pinterest?
- Think of recycling your moving boxes locally or get creative! Forts and tunnels for kids or, even scratching posts for cats are things that can be made within minutes and enjoyed for a long time afterwards.
- Lastly, as wonderful as it is to make your new home personalized to you, extend some of that same creative energy and enthusiasm into your new neighborhood and community. Be a friendly neighbor and remember that whether you’re relocating from across town or from another state, it always feels as good to give and receive a warm welcome!
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