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You're planning to move, now the work begins. Take a deep breath and pace yourself. We have some tips to help you make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Following these 5 tips will ensure you arrive at your new home more relaxed and ready to make your new place a home that you can truly enjoy.
Create a Moving Checklist
For those of you who have a diversion to checklists, call this your moving "Must-Have's". This is where you're going to start writing and tracking every packing idea, item, and reminder that comes to your mind. Take some time out to think through your move.
As things come to your mind, jot them down and keep your list in a place where you can easily add to it. As things likes medicines, appointments, children, pets, items you want to keep and items you want to get rid of come to your mind, write them down. This will ensure that you cover as many details of your move as early as possible. And with a clear mind, you'll reduce your stress and you'll sleep better.
When it comes to your mind...write it down!
Gather Moving Supplies As Early As Possible
Whether it's blankets for wrapping pictures and items you want to protect, tape and packing supplies, add these items to your "To Get" Checklist and get things in place little by little.
Sort Through Your Belongings
Start going through your closests and make decisions about the items you find.
Have you worn that piece of clothing or used that item in the last 6 months? If no, consider whether you really want or need to keep it. Moving provides you a unique opportunity to purge and organize in a way most of us seldom take the time to do. This is your opportunity...go for it!
Also consider where you're going to put these items once in your new home. Either mark your items or go ahead and start boxing your items with labels to identify where you want the item to go. This will save you a lot of time and headaches once in your new home. You'll be disorganized enough. This will ensure you can find the things you really need.
Purge Unused and Unwanted Items
With those items in your purge pile, decide what you're going to do with them. Gather three trash bags, label them and take action with the items you're going to get rid of.
Label trash bag #1 "Trash" then put in this bag the items your going to toss. Label bag #2 as your "Donate" bag. In this place, put any items you plan to donate. And bag #3 will be labled, "Sell". This is your bag where you're going to earn some extra cash if you choose to do so.
Earn Some Extra Cash
This may not be what you're thinking. There are many ways to earn extra cash during your move, take advantage of any that fit your time schedule and your needs. From yard-sale, to Craigslist, to Amazon, to posts in your office or local business, there are opportunities for you to sell items and earn extra cash.
Amazon offers a TextBook Buyback program that will allow you to sell books directly to Amazon for a profit and Amazon will pay the shipping costs. If you have textbooks, or any book for that matter, around your home, you'll want to look into this option.
While checking Amazon's buyback program, notice other items they'll buy as well. It's not just Textbooks. Check it out.
Stay tuned to our next article as we'll explore ways to make your planning. sorting and packing as easy and stress-free as possible. We'll help keep you from feeling overwhelmed as you pack.
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