Don't get stressed out! Make Moving a Fresh Start!

Moving can be a stressful time in your life. The overwhelming thought of getting everything packed up and moved can be overwhelming. But if you plan a head, and look at it as a fresh start, you can move with relative ease and minimal stress. I know this because I have moved over 28 times in my life and some moves were more organized and stress free then others.

Moving to a new place can be a good opportunity to start fresh and get yourself more organized with a clean home.

As your packing each room (start well in advance of your moving date), do the room sweep technique. Sort your stuff into garbage, donation, and keep. Pack the keep stuff and mark the boxes well with what's in it and what room it goes to. Pick a designated spot for the donation stuff as your sorting and a separate spot for the moving stuff. Then one day a week pick that day to drop off your bags of donations so they are gone. You could even call some charities for a pick up for larger quantities.

Don't move C.R.A.P. (can't really achieve peace) with you, look at your move as a way to acquire serenity. Taking CRAP with you just means you7 have crap in the new place to find a place for, or get rid of later. Purge all your CRAP now and get it over with.

When you get to your new place, as your putting away everything, you can organize it well because everything you have is stuff you use and enjoy. Find a place for everything and then keep putting it back there.

10 Tips for a Smooth Moving Day

1. Develop a master "to do" list. Start packing at least two weeks sooner than you think it will take you to pack. Put up a moving calendar with dates keyed to when tasks on your list need to be completed, and make sure you complete them. Start packing unused rooms first, such as the spare room, crafts room, etc. Make a vow to pack two boxes every day. This means your packing for about 6 weeks ( or more if you have a lot of stuff, or a big house) but packing over a longer period lessens stress and allows for life happening during the process of packing.

2. Sort through belongings and eliminate stuff you no longer need. Ask yourself, "When was the last time I used this?", "How does it make me feel?", " What's the worst thing that could happen if I didn't have it?". Answer honestly, If you experience a great degree of hesitancy to the point of a panic attack keep it.

3. Recycle belongings you're leaving behind. Garage sales are great for this as well as profitable if you have the time, but don't hang on to it with the intention and no follow through or you'll be moving it with you. Make a set plan right away, before you start sorting that in 4 weeks you'll have a garage sale, and then work towards it. If a garage sale is too much for you, donations to homeless shelters, hospitals, and schools also can be rewarding. Many battered women's shelter will welcome the items for helping women starting over again. Some registered charities can even give you a tax receipt for your larger donations as well.

4. Use up supplies that are not transportable. About a month before the move, start use up cleaning supplies and eat your way through the freezer items, canned food and such, no need to move it if you don't have too.

5. Pack "like" items together. Games, pet supplies, photos, and toys are some of the items that should be grouped by kind and packed together. Label the items and where you want it in the new place on the box. This makes it easier for helpers putting things where you want them instead of dumping it all in the middle of your living room leaving you to sort through it later.

6. Organize moving documents, new account set up information for utilities, telephone numbers, etc and place them in a portable file box to take with you on moving day. Keep important papers together: The lease for your new rental, or closing documents on the house you just purchased. The receipt for the truck rental, any papers that are important for immediately after your move. This saves going through many boxes to find it once you arrive.

7.If you label your boxes " master bedroom" then put a sign on the master bedroom door at the new place, so movers or helpers will know what room those boxes go into.

8. Pack "first boxes" for each room of items you'll need immediately on arrival.

These boxes go on the moving truck last and go into the rooms first, in an area they can be easily found. ( not behind a dozen other boxes).

This is a great way to include kids and help them transition through a move as well. A first box for each child, with their favourite toys, for comfort and to keep them busy, a night light, pillow, blanket and sheets for their bed right away, can help make them feel less anxious about a move.

The house first box should include such items as light bulbs, cleaning products, garbage bags, dish soap, and necessary tools for setting up stuff.

We have always had a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen first boxes. We used rubbermaid totes, but any box will do, as long as it is labelled well with " LAST ON THE TRUCK! FIRST OFF THE TRUCK" and what room it goes in. The Rubbermaid totes hold the last things we used in the kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom, and the first things we will need when we get to the new place.

For example, one plate, bowl, glass and utensils for each individual in the home, for the kitchen box. As well as the toaster, a pot and frying pan for your first meals in the new place.

Toothbrushes, shampoo, personal items such as razors etc, as well as toilet paper, hand and bath towels, face cloths go in the bathroom first box.

An alarm clock, any medications if you take them before bedtime, night time clothes, and a change of clean clothes for once you get all moved, go in the bedroom boxes, along with sheets, pillows and blankets in another first box for the bedroom.

9. Schedule your usual rounds before you move. Get hair cuts, your car serviced, and prescriptions filled shortly before the move. This eases the pressure of finding new services right away at your new location, if you need to find new facilities due to a far away move.

10. Send out change-of-address cards. Creditors, insurance companies, friends, magazine subscriptions, and utility companies should be high on your list. Your post office most likely has change-of-address kits filled with cards and a helpful checklist. You can pay for a forwarding mail service at your post office, so that you won't miss any mail. Be sure to notify government offices of moves in advance, child tax benefit cheques, income taxes, and pension cheques cannot be forwarded through this service and will be returned and then cancelled, thereby delaying your payments, and causing you LARGE headaches.

Have a stress free, safe, and satisfying move.

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