There’s no place like home…
Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays
for no matter how far away you roam…
There is no place like home for the holidays… or at any time of the year. But sometimes relocation or shifting family needs require a change in the home. Here’s a quick review of the 10 tips we looked at this year to making a smooth transition.
- Make a plan
Begin by making some key decisions. Ask yourself how much of the moving process you want to do yourself. Create a time line, starting from your moving date and work backwards, listing the actions that need to be done before the move. Keep a notebook of all your “to do” items, the mover’s contact information, and other material about the various aspects of your move.
- Start early
It’s never too early to start downsizing. Even if you have not settled on a moving date or the exact place you will living, you can still start this process. Begin by focusing on problem areas that tend to collect extra items. Those spaces can be the attic, basements, garage or closets. Take time to work through the papers in your filing cabinets as well.
- Break it into smaller tasks
Accomplishing a large task like moving or downsizing can be overwhelming if you view it as a whole. When the job is broken down into smaller pieces, it becomes more manageable. It took years to accumulate what you have, so it may take some time to work through it all. Doing a small amount each day will move you easily forward towards your goal.
- Plan out your space
It is helpful to know the size of your new home. Using the square foot measurements of both your present home and your new home, calculate the percentage of your downsize. If you presently are living in 2,000 square feet and plan to move to 1,000 square feet, you will be downsizing by 50%. This should be your guideline as you make decisions about furniture, collections, books and even clothing.
- List what is important
Take time to clarify which possessions are really important to you, not just what you like or are used to having around. Sometimes it helps to ask yourself the question, “If I had only 5 minutes before disaster hit my home, what would I grab to preserve?” This process will help identify items you want to make sure to move with you.
- Save the memories
As you sort through your possessions, some are easy to part with but others have significant personal value. Everyone has possessions that are kept not for their usefulness but for the memories or sentiment attached to them. When a treasured item is identified the question then becomes: Can the associated memory be saved in another way or is the item something that you should carefully preserve for yourself or for future generations? There are many ways to keep the memory without actually keeping the physical item.
- Let go/Share with others
One of the hardest things to do when you are downsizing is to let go of your possessions. It is difficult to get rid of them, because you know their value. They may still have good life left in them or can be used another way. It is much easier to let go of an item if you know it will be used and enjoyed by others. A variety of agencies and non-profits use your goods to benefit others or will wisely recycle them. Consider what interest or cause is important to you and then support that cause by donating your goods there.
- Stay in touch
Notify your contacts with your change of address. Remember to include the post office, friends, family, publications, associations, and banks. It’s great to prepare these in advance but mail them just 1 week before the move. Set up the transfer/termination of utilities.
- Prepare for moving day
Pack a suitcase as if you were going away for a few days. Even if you are only traveling a short distance, it is helpful to have everything you need to get ready the next day contained in a suitcase, instead of buried in several different boxes. Create an “Essentials” box. This will be the last box packed and the first one unpacked. It should contain items that are most immediately needed at both ends of your move.
- Ask for help!
Moving can be stressful emotionally, physically and mentally. This is an exciting experience, so allow others to join with you in both the joy and the burden of the move. Ask others to be involved, but don’t wait until last minute to seek their support. Whether it is assisting with physical packing or organizing different details of the move, take people up on their kind offers.
Following these tips will help ease the stress of your move and have you singing…
for the holidays…you can’t beat home, sweet home!
© 2019 Beth Giles