The day after Memorial Day is the busiest day of the year for moving. Known as National Moving Day, it also jumpstarts the summer moving season. ~ SpareFoot.com
Every once in a while, I am hired by a client who is already highly organized. It is often due to a life transition that has pushed the client beyond his/her comfort zone.
Moving is one of those times!
Even with checklists, supplies, and ample time, starting off in a new home without getting bogged down in a myriad of stuff is super challenging. The logical thing to do is go through every single closet, drawer, and nook and cranny in the home before packing it all up. But who has time for that?
- Make time to go through your stuff!
Seriously. The less you have to pack, the less you pay to move it. The less you pack, the less there is to un-pack. The less…well, you get the idea. Moving is the perfect time to de-clutter. And less is best.
It can be difficult for a highly organized person to live in the unsettled environment of a home in transition. The key is to recognize that it is temporary. Keep in mind that the goal of the mess on the front end is to be able to settle into the new home more efficiently on the back end.
- Start as soon as you can!
Start well in advance and start easy. Go through the closets, drawers, and nooks and crannies. Look only for obvious “do not want to take to new home” items. Keep at it as often as your can until you have been through every space. Donate, discard, recycle and (if you have time) sell.
On the second pass through, it is time to start boxing up. If it is summer, pack up the winter clothes. Keep in mind what you will not need for the next few months. Label it clearly. As you go, really consider what is going in the boxes. Does it deserve the time and energy spent to box it up, move it, and find space for it in the new home?
- Moving is the perfect time to de-clutter, so you may as well go for it!
Stop thinking of the home as a home. It is now a staging area for the movers. If you do not start disrupting the settled environment, you will be in for a rude awakening on the last day!
If you can, start emptying out entire closets, and then entire rooms! Notice how often you have been saying, “I’ll do this one the last week.” That is how items get lost in a move. Waiting until the last minute to comb through too many things results in items getting shoved into boxes without proper labels. Emptying out a refrigerator takes longer than you think!
- Consider Storage
Inventory your furniture. As you do, move it out from the wall. Look at it from another angle. Do you really want it in the new home? How many lamps will you need? Not sure?
What you may not know, is that storage has become an on-demand, service oriented industry. If you are making good headway and do not have a need for an entire storage pod, or storage locker, on-demand storage may be an easy for those “in transition, tough decision items.”
Box or bin up those tricky items, or undecided furniture, schedule a pick-up, and get them out of the way! When you are settled into your new home, schedule a time for the items to be returned. You will have better perspective when things are settled and decisions should come easier. Who knows? You may even decide that storing your collection of holiday decorations off-site is a better solution!
- Hire one of NAPO’s Professional Organizers!
If you are feeling overwhelmed, hire a Professional Organizer! Even if you are highly organized, a move can be overwhelming – even with checklists. A Professional Organizer can fill just about any role:
Assisting with decluttering decisions
Sharing tips and tricks
Keeping checklists on schedule
Being on-site the day of the move
And, of course, unpacking and breaking down boxes in the new home…
Now – get moving!
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