5 tips to help you prepare for a move 6 months to 1 year in advance.
Moving can be a very exciting yet stressful time, especially if the move catches you by surprise. But for those of us who know when a move is coming we can easily begin to prepare, even 6 months to 1 year in advance.
In the 3 & 1/2 years Roger & I have been married we have moved twice.
The first time was 2 weeks after we got married & it took us from Tennessee to Alabama for school. A little over a year later we unexpectantly moved from an apartment to a little townhouse.
We are now just 8 months away from another move, one that will prayfully bring us back to Tennessee.
And since we know that we are going to be moving in the near future I have already begun preparing for our move, specifically in regards to the physical items of our home.
So here are 5 tips that I am personally using to help us prepare for a move & that I hope will help you too!
1. Go Through Your Closet
Chances are your closet is filled with items that you no longer fit or haven’t worn in ages. At the end of a season (before your move) thoroughly go through your closet, then in a month or two go through it again. More than likely you will find even more items you no longer need to keep.
At the end of July I went through our closet & drawers & pulled out enough items to fill 2 large tote bags & 1 medium bag. A few weeks later I went through our closet again & I was surprised to discover how much more clothing I could clear out.
When you are tight on money it can be hard to let go of things, even when you can no longer fit or wear them. So by putting time in between each closet clear out you will more than likely be able to get rid of even more items you no longer wear.
I will be going through our closet a third & final time at the end of winter & I’m sure I’ll have even more I can remove.
2. Decrease the Clutter
Clutter creeps up on us all.
Slowly yet surely things will begin to gather in our home that we don’t need or no longer use.
Once a week, on a set day like Sunday, pick a room to declutter. That way when it comes time ot move you won’t be taking any unnecessary items, decor, or trash to your new home.
Speaking of trash…
3. Get Rid of Trash
Yes. You read that right. We should all just be honest with ourselves & admit that we all have a little pack rat in us.
Not something to be proud of. But admitting it is the first step.
Whether it’s old letters, shipping boxes/envelopes, or candles with no wick left to burn, more than likely you have things that need to go in the trash.
For example, I still have Christmas cards from last year. I have a hard time getting rid of them. People put an enormous amount of time & effort into creating the perfect Christmas card to send to their friends & family & I love the pictures of my nieces & nephews.
But I can’t keep everything.
The cards of friends from last year I will throw away, while those of my family will go into a photo album. Then I can look over them in the years to come & see how they have grown.
However, if I waited until moving time to do this it wouldn’t get done. Which means either everything would be taken in the move, trash included, or all of it would be trashed, including the things I would regret later.
And knowing my husband, everything would end up in the trash.
4. Have a Yard Sale (or 2 or 3)!
Chances are that after steps 1-3 you will have tons of things you can either sell or donate.
While donating is great & something I personally do, yard sales are also a nice option for those who would like to make some extra cash to help with the moving expenses.
If you start going through your things early you could even have more than one yard sale.
If you live in an uptight neighborhood or an apartment look around for local or seasonal flea markets, sometimes even local churches hold yard sales you can join.
Another option is to sell on Craigslist or other local online sale groups.
Just be cautious when using such sites.
5. Start Packing
I know this might sound crazy, but it is possible.
If you have a room or closet that is rarely used, such as a library, office, or guest bedroom you can slowly start packing up the non essentials of your life on lazy Sundays.
I have started doing this in our home & this is particularly useful for seasonal decor & clothing.
At the end of fall, after Christmas, & at the end of winter I will be carefully packing up our seasonal decor to ensure that it is proparelly packed & ready for our move.
This way when moving day comes I won’t have to worry about the delicacy of Roger’s grandparents first Christmas ornament or that his parents first Christmas tree topper might break.
Do you have a tip for preparing for the physical aspect of moving 6 months to 1 year in advance?
I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment or school your tip to Domestically Blissful!
With love, G
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth & teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.