Moving homes is a big undertaking, whether we are downsizing, relocating to a new city or building the home of our dreams. We put it off even though our home no longer suits our needs. We walk through the rooms and the idea of dealing with our stuff gets overwhelming. While it will always be a lot of work there are many things you can do to make it less painful and less stressful.
If you are considering changing homes here are a few things to think about before you start looking. By being proactive a shift to a new home will be more enjoyable. Once you have made the plunge and are preparing for the big day creating a check list is a must. We asked Penticton real estate specialist Gil Szabo how to make a move less daunting. These are some of his suggestions.
1st Step: Figure Out What You Are Working With
Tidy and organize your home. Do not start going through things at this point. Clean and put everything that has a place away. You want to begin with a clean slate. The things you need usually have a function and a proper storage spot. Once this is done walk into each room and survey the contents. What is still sitting in the corner or on the floor? It is from here you will start the next step.
2nd Step: Sorting and Purging
Now that you have put the easy stuff away you can see your extra belongings. These are items that do not seem to have a place. You need to really consider whether they are necessary for the running of your household. If they are, think about why they are sitting on the floor or on your flat surfaces. If you do not need it give it away, throw it away or recycle it.
3rd Step: Dealing with Clothes
Now you can walk through your home. The unnecessary stuff is cleared out. It is time to get into the guts of the house. What is behind closed doors? A good place to start so not to feel overwhelmed is with your clothes. Most of us have a decent amount of things we no longer wear. Try to be cut throat. Do not keep things that are too big or too small or that do not suit your style. Throw out old socks and underwear.
4th Step: Rethink Your Kitchen and Junk Drawers
I do not know about you but my junk drawer is usually in the kitchen. Go through it now instead of having a bunch random stuff you throw in a box at the end of packing. Be diligent and honest about whether you need it. Be the same in your kitchen cupboards. Get rid of extra cooking utensils and measuring cups. This can cut down on a box or two in the end.
5th Step: Closets and Cupboards
Next organize the rest of the cupboards and closets. These are the places we often stuff the possessions we do not know what to do with. If we do not go clean them out regularly they end up full of things we no longer need. Again you will want to be diligent and honest about the part they play in your home.
6th Step: The Garage
When you have finished move into the garage. This is a space that fills with clutter and things we do not use but hold onto. You will want to put nostalgia aside. Do not keep the bike your son no longer rides or the unused kayak. Have containers you can put the belongings you want to keep in.
6th Step: The Dreaded Paperwork
Although many of us are using electronics to go paperless we still tend to end up with mountains of paperwork. Put aside a few days for this undertaking. Things like taxes must be kept for a designated time period but most things can be tossed after a year. Buy yourself a shredder if you do not have one. File the essentials then shred and recycle the rest.
If you follow this list before you begin packing you will find your job already half-way done. I suggest you start as soon as you think about moving homes. Even after you have relocated keep this list and go through it once a year. Follow the steps and your house will stay organized and easy to tidy.