Well packing has begun in our household with a mini- pre- move to my parents holiday home before moving into our new home over the next couple of weeks. It’s not as bad as it sounds, in fact it is actually a good thing. How!!? You ask??
Well time is up on the rental we have been in, and as our house is not quite ready to move into, we are luckily able to stay in my parents beach house in the interim. It’s a beautiful new place and we are still able to move all our major stuff into our garage so there won’t be much double handling of stuff. I have bought lots of clear plastic containers to help with the move, which will be used afterwards in the garage for Neil's building materials - so he has no excuse not to PROPERLY organize them…yes you detected dig at dear hubby in the last comment, as Neil finds it hard to keep his tools organized. I love see through plastic containers. It makes it soooo much easier to find things and to keep things in the right place. Boxes eventually wear out and fall apart so I think good plastic containers are a great storage option that are worth the investment.
Not surprisingly I love the cleansing process that takes place when you go through literally every single belonging you own and decide whether to keep it, donate it or throw it away. There is always a surprisingly amount to move on – even if you are in the professional organizing industry like me!! Time just goes so fast and things you weren’t ready to get rid of in your last declutter now seem not to be relevant in your life – thank goodness! Otherwise if you have an emotional attachment to everything and this never wanes, then this is when hoarding can become an issue.
The thought of having a decent walk in wardrobe and garage again after renting for 4 years during the whole house planning and house building stage makes my heart sing. But even though we will have a lot more storage space I still intend on getting rid of as much unnecessary stuff as possible… I can already feel myself getting lighter!
If you are moving house soon my biggest tip is to make sure you keep items from various sections of the house together in boxes/containers and not mix them up (which is easy to do at the end of the packing process.) Pop things in separate bags instead of everything in boxes. Otherwise when you go to unpack you will have to think about each item and where it is supposed to be (especially the sorts of items that could go in one of a few places – you know the miscellaneous ‘stuff’ that could go in a hall cupboard/or laundry cupboard or kitchen drawer etc, and then end up having to go from room to room unnecessarily. This is a huge time saver in itself. What are you house moving tips to help keep the stress levels down and time packing/ unpacking to a minimum?? I would love to hear them.
Of course the other life save during our house moving experience is to lists, to do lists and more to do lists. It's a pretty darn long list when moving house and I don't know what i'd do without them. Our brains just aren't made to remember too much stuff!
Among a gazzilion other handy lists we have house moving tips and lists in our Organize Your Home eOrganizer. For more info about our Life Organizer go to our Life Organizing Website.
For more tips on keeping your house organized whether you are moving house or not, read this article on our website here.
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