Don’t Stress About Moving Day: Plan Ahead!

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Guest post by Paul Benjamin of EZ Storage.

If you’ve just recently bought or rented a new home, then odds are you’re pretty excited. It often takes a long time to find the perfect place to live, and finally finding that place can be a huge weight off of your shoulders. However, there is still a lot to do. If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll find yourself incredibly stressed out come moving day. Be sure to use the following tips to plan out your move ahead of time

  • Create a to-do list – One of the problems that many people experience on moving day is all the things that they have forgotten to do. Sit down and create a to-do list before the day of the move. Some of the things on your to-do list should include changing your address on any subscription and insurance policies, picking up all necessary moving supplies, having all of your mail forwarded to your new address as well as contacting new schools, doctors and banks. You should also plan what day to move that best suits the schedule of you and your family.
  • Packing – There are several things you need to consider when packing. First of all, this is a great time to do a little organizing. Toss or donate clothes, furniture and other items that you no longer need or use. If you are moving into a smaller home, decide whether you need to rent out a storage unit for some of the things you won’t be able to take with you but still want to keep. Make sure that you carefully label each box that you pack for the room they belong in. For example, a box full of dinnerware should be labeled “kitchen”. This will make it much easier to unpack and to find what you are looking for at your new home. Consider creating an inventory list that shows the contents of each box to make finding specific items an easier task. This way you won’t have to dig through ten “kitchen” boxes in search of a can opener.
  • Being Prepared on Moving Day – Make sure everything is packed and ready to go. Create a list of specific moving day to-do items like making sure the thermostat and all appliances are off, cleaning, and checking all of the windows and doors are locked. Make sure that you have directions to your new home and that your car has a full tank of gas. Any valuable personal items should be moved in your car instead of a moving truck. Have your cell phone charged, and have contact numbers for the landlord or manager, storage facility and moving truck company saved.

Use these tips to help your moving day to be as stress-free as possible.

Paul Benjamin is a District Manager at EZ Storage. He’s the type of manager that walks softly but carries a big stick.

Downsizing: a simple prescription

This is a guest post from Moreen Topey, author of Going Forward: Downsizing, , Moving, and Settling

We toss around the word “downsizing” quite easily these days. Originally used to refer to someone losing employment, it now also describes the activity of reducing our material goods.

For our elders, there is a longer trip down memory lane, so it’s important to allow plenty of time to deal with the emotions that could surface. It’s important for the memories to be celebrated, shared and validated before decisions can be made.

On the other hand, we don’t need to be moving to downsize. We may simply wish to enjoy more of our space—space that’s filled with things we realize we don’t really need. This process can begin at the point we realize that letting go of the excess answers the space issue.

What happens with items we won’t need in the future? When downsizing ourselves, the answer is easy. We simply pass them along to family, friends or our favorite charity.

When downsizing another, particularly a parent, older relative or friend, it’s crucial to respect their wishes for the disposal of their treasures.

Begin by discussing this with family and friends. If they have a special attachment to certain items that you can let go now, pass them along. If you still need such items, put the recipient’s name on them and write into your Will what these decisions are.

This can be a pleasant journey with careful planning and consideration of everyone’s feelings. And even exciting when looking forward to a future holding opportunities.

© Moreen Torpy

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Moreen Torpy is the De-Clutter Coach, a Trained Professional Organizer, Author, and Speaker. Her new book is Going Forward: Downsizing, Moving and Settling In. See www.gofotwarddownsize.com for more about the book including how and where to purchase it, and www.decluttercoach.ca to learn about her organizing services.