To Keep or Not to Keep?


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The thought of going through all of your possessions may sound daunting but it is often a necessary step in preparing for a move. It is the process of thinking through what you own and then making decisions about whether to take them with you to your new home or whether they are items you no longer need and they should be shared with others.

 

This process is important whether you are moving to a similar sized home and need to update your possessions to meet your current lifestyle or whether you are downsizing to a smaller space and need to adjust what you own to fit comfortably into your new space.  Taking the time to make wise decisions about your belongings before you move can make the transition and the adjustment to your new place much less stressful.

 

Sorting through and editing your things does not have to be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to lighten the burden and anxiety of this process:

  • Start with small steps. Accomplishing a large task like this can be intimidating 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 will take some time to work through it all. Continue reading

Top 10 Downsizing Tips

You hear or see them everywhere. Some lists are based on researched statistics while others are just made up to be fun. There are lists of the top 10 movies, the top 10 places to visit, the top 10 important vitamins, and even the top 10 plays of last night’s game. One late night show has a daily segment featuring that day’s top 10 list.

These top 10 tips to help you de-stress your move and enable you to be productive as you downsize your possessions. You may be anticipating a transition in your housing situation this year or perhaps you know of someone who needs assistance as they go through a housing change. According to the US Census Bureau about 1 in 6 Americans move each year which means, regardless of your present condition, these moving tips may become useful in the not so distant future.

Whether moving from one home to a similar size one or downsizing to a smaller one, moving is not just an event but a process you go through. It starts when you first consider the possibility of a change and continues through many stages until you are settled into your new place and feel comfortable enough to call it home. At times this process may feel overwhelming and sometimes unattainable. There are some steps you can take along the way to make sure this project moves forward in a smooth and efficient way. We will discuss these in our newsletters throughout the year. If you are not receiving our newsletters, let us know at Beth@NWOrganizingSolutions.com.

10. Make a plan
9. Start early
8. Break it into smaller tasks
7. Plan out your space
6. List what is important
5. Save your memories
4. Let go/Share with others
3. Stay in touch
2. Prepare for moving day
1. Ask for help!

Whether you are planning to make space in your present home for an additional family member, shifting your space around to adjust to a new physical need, moving your household across town or transferring to another country, these tips are for you. I hope this top 10 list will help make your moving process easier and more organized.

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