When I came across this article, I found myself nodding along to every word. Liz Johnson's 4 Tips for Paring Down Your Belongings Before A Big Move are a clear, concise distillation of so many of the topics I cover with my clients who are going through moves.
I’ve seen firsthand that when it comes to moving, taking the time to get organized beforehand will pay huge dividends during the unpacking process. You know those last few boxes that just have random junk shoved into them that you have no idea what to do with? If you get organized before packing, those boxes won’t happen in the first place!
I’m working with an adorable family right now who just moved from an apartment into their first home (and are expecting their second child). It’s such an exciting time for them, and so fun to be a part of their major life transition. In fact – the husband joked with me last time I was over that I’m now part of the family!
However… I wish they had called me sooner! We only had time for a couple of organizing sessions in their old place. We got a lot done, but I could have helped make their transition even smoother if I had had the opportunity to go through all the spaces in the old apartment before the movers came.
Don’t get me wrong – they are still going to end up with a beautifully custom organized home at the end of all this! But because we weren’t able to spend more time on the front end, they moved more stuff than they needed to and are now in the position of making keep/toss decisions at the same time as we make placement and organizational decisions. It’s now a more complex and overwhelming process, and I’m glad I’m there to streamline it for them!
To be specific: if you’re moving and want help, call me with about 2 months of lead time. I’ll help sort your belongings in your old place, manage your move, and organize everything during the unpacking process so that your new home works for you from the get go. Moving can suck – but it doesn’t have to!