Professional declutterer extraordinaire Vicky Silverthorn is an expert of minimizing the stress of moving through a few easy steps.
Moving is stressful – I don’t know many people who disagree. But what if you could feel on top of things and be the first person you know to enjoy the experience – after all you are starting a fresh and with this change brings the opportunity to do it properly.
As soon as you know you are going to move start a list. One list in one place. Include on this not only the absolute musts logistically (the removals company, naturally bySTORED. and the removal dates) but also what you would really like to achieve in the process.
What an opportunity to declutter what you have. You may be moving into a different sized property but the items you have may not necessarily work in your new space.
Never see decluttering as one giant task to be done over a weekend or even a week. It does take time, effort and of course hard work but if doing this without help I cannot stress enough to start seeing it as small easy tasks to manage, that are completely doable.
Little and Often, Start Early
When you declutter before a move start as early as possible. Even if you know you will be moving but haven’t found your dream home. Make life easier for yourself and do half an hour each night in one small area. A drawer, a cupboard, a corner. Have your recycle, rubbish and charity bags at the ready.
Create a Moving Folder
Keep all info in one place. Anything you may want to refer back to. Simple and obvious but this will be your go to many times in the process of moving.
Storage isn’t bad!
If you aren’t moving straight into your final property, (many of my clients need to move temporary and into rental properties for short spans of time), then this is when Storage works. A short-term solution to what would other be logistical nightmares!
I’ve worked with bySTORED. and they’ve provided a fantastic service every time, helping out with both smaller and larger jobs and items. They can help you both with the actual move and to store the items that don’t necessarily fit into your new home, but you don’t want to throw away. The best part is that you don’t even have put a foot in a storage facility, as they collect and deliver straight from your home and even do the packing for you.
Start making your list early of companies who send you things in the post. You will find over a month or so you keep adding to it with companies which may not be immediately obvious!
If you think you need two days off work take off 4. People under estimate how long it takes to unpack properly and many of my clients who initially unpack in a rush find it effects them for years. Be realistic – if you unpack in a rush only to ‘do it properly later’ will later ever come? That magic extra time we all get in our lives?