Hey everyone let’s give a big welcome to a wonderful blogger friend of mine Della Terry. As we get ready for the BIG move this week, she is going to be bringing some awesome information that I myself will be using for our move to help keep the chaos a little more organized.
ARRIVE AT YOUR NEW HOME ORGANIZED AND UNCLUTTERED
Thank you Lindsey for having me on your blog. It is truly an honor to be here!
Miss Lindsey is busy trying to get moved, so she asked me to visit with you all today. My blog is all about decluttering your home and life, so while Lindsey is packing and sorting, I thought I would share some tips to help along the way. Have you ever moved? Were you surprised to find that while your home was tidy and cozy, you had clutter stashed in closets, cabinets, and drawers? Yeah, me too.
These are the kind of things that we never really think about during our everyday life. However, when we must sort it all, and prepare to move, it can become overwhelming. What to take, what to get rid of, and why do I own this?
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU WILL TAKE WITH YOU
*If you are undecided about an item, ask yourself “Is this worth packing and paying to move?” Some items may be easier to replace after you move than the packing time, packing supplies, and moving costs it will take to move it.
*Declutter as you pack before the move, and unpack after the move. After the move, if you can’t easily find a place for an item maybe you don’t really need it. Toss it back in the box and donate it.
*Don’t pack anything you are just going to put into storage upon arrival. I made this mistake many years ago. There were items I could not bring myself to party with, so I rented a storage unit. Funny thing is, when a tornado hit the storage unit a year later I never missed any of the items. I had paid to store things I didn’t even need! (Clearly, there is an exception to this tip if you must store everything until you find a new home. What I am talking about here is the ‘stuff’ you don’t really have a need for, or items you think you can’t part with.)
ORGANIZED PACKING EQUALS ORGANIZED UNPACKING
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Create a no-frill binder with notebook paper before you begin packing. Give each room a number; kitchen 100, living room 200, bedroom 300, etc., and write the name and room number on separate sheets of paper.
As you pack a box, write the room number and box number on the box. In the notebook, write the box number and a quick listing of contents on the appropriate room’s page in your binder. Keep it simple and don’t get lost in the details. After the move, you will know just by looking at a box what room it goes in. Also, if there are items you need immediately; sheets, towels, kitchen utensils, you can look in your binder for the box number these items are in.
This easy labeling method will allow you to grab the things you are looking for, or need right away, without having to unpack every box. Moving is no easy feat and you certainly don’t need the extra stress of not knowing where to find something.
Also, by knowing the contents of a box, you can unpack methodically and put things away at your own pace. When you are finished, your new home will be set up like you want it, clutter-free, and cozy.
Are you planning a move in the future? Hopefully these tips will help you declutter and organize before the big day!
Sometimes we need to declutter without moving, but it is an overwhelming task. If you feel this way, I invite you to come hangout with us at Thrive Uncluttered. We talk about the perils of clutter, learning how to let go, and we are creating simpler lives, one less thing at a time.
Thank you Lindsey and One Crazy Messy Mama readers. It has been a pleasure to visit with you today!
Della Terry is a blogger at Thrive Uncluttered, a blog dedicated to decluttering your home and life. Della and her husband live on a small acreage in central Oklahoma complete with goats and a miniature pony. She is passionate about creating a simpler life, one less thing at a time.