As home sales are on the rise, many individuals and companies are contemplating an upcoming move. Organization is key in preparing for your next move, whether you are moving across the street or across the country. The following Rules may be useful in accomplishing this without becoming overwhelmed.
The Five-Minute Rule: For busy families, trying to find a large chunk of time to get organized before packing can be very difficult. An easy solution is to break down the task of packing your household into five minute increments. Spend five minutes clearing your refrigerator of expired products. Take five minutes to clean out your junk drawer. Use five minutes to start a donation pile and a trash pile. Give yourself five minutes to clean out the toy box. Getting into a routine of taking five minutes to organize will help with completing the tasks that need to be done before you move.
The Empty-Hands Rule: Never leave a room without something in your hands. Pick up things that are out of place, no matter which room you’re in, and put them back where they belong. Do not leave a room empty- handed. This will help make packing easier later.
The Bedtime-Tidy Rule: There is no denying that preparing to move is stressful. Help yourself avoid any additional stress at this time by being prepared for the next day. Take a few minutes each night before going to bed to walk through each room of your house and get organized before the next morning. Take ten minutes to make sure that your child’s backpack is complete and ready. Lay out and prepare your clothes for the next morning. Think about what you want to do for dinner the next night. Being prepared for the next day can help if something happens to interrupt your plans.
The Write-It-Down Rule: When preparing for a life change, such as an upcoming move, it may be hard to remember everything you need to do. Writing yourself notes and checklists is a good practice in taking the guesswork out of what needs to be done. Mark important dates on the calendar (such as home inspections, closing dates, meetings with the bank, etc). Place colored stickers on clothing/items that you want to get rid of. Make a checklist of who you need to contact before moving day (movers, post office, utility companies, doctor/dentist office, new schools, etc.) Write down a list of all the important family records you need to collect such as legal, financial, and medical documents. By compiling lists you’ll always know what has been done and what still needs to be done.
It is possible to get organized without becoming overwhelmed. By implementing these and simple Rules, you can help put yourself at ease before your next big move!