Are you ready to downsize? Know someone who is? A well organized move can make the difference between chaos or a peaceful transition.
There are ways to plan for a stress-free move. Follow our Downsizing Checklist to start on the right path:
1. Start the discussion early: For some, the decision to move may not be a welcome idea. Plant the seed early to start discussing the benefits of downsizing.
2. Determine what isn’t moving:Next is the time to do some space planning and decide what you don’t want to move. Decisions can be made to sort into the following categories:
- Pass to family/friends
3. Contact a Realtor: Ask for referrals, find someone you enjoy working with!
4. Declutter and stage: Time to get the house ready for sale. Consider decluttering and staging if your home needs an update.
5. Book moving company:Make plans for truck rental, moving assistance, or hire a moving company.
6. Packing:Purchase packing supplies, enlist the help of family and friends, or hire a Professional Organizer to get the job done quickly.
7. Update address:Be sure to notify utility companies, services and personal contacts.
8. Moving day:Assign one person to be in charge of all questions of what is going where.
9. Unpacking: Make the transition as smooth as possible by unpacking right away.
If you are stuck or require assistance anywhere along the way, call a Professional Organizer – we are here to help!
Successful packing for a trip is a very useful skill. Vacations are not daily life – so we don’t need to bring all our everyday life items with us.
Many airlines are now charging extra fees to have luggage checked, so for cost effective purposes – PLAN carefully. If you do, you may be able to fit a week’s worth into a carry-on suitcase – provided it’s for a sunny and warm destination.
When it comes to packing your bags, a light touch is what you need. Use your weather app before your trip to get a better sense of what to expect.
· Lay out your clothes ahead of time; select carefully.
· Stick with one or two colours that coordinate and are versatile.
· Layer the outfits, so you can peel off and on according to the temperatures.
· Choose clothing you can wear on more than one occasion.
· Roll clothing items to save space and provide greater visibility if you are going to be living out of the suitcase for a while.
· Use space-saving bags, packing cubes or transparent kitchen-storage bags. These are useful if you are going to be making several stops, because it keeps like items together and eliminates random packing.
· Leave space in your suitcase if you think you are going to shop.
· Pack shoes last, soles up. Fill them with small crushable items such as hosiery or socks.
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