So your kids aren’t as stoked as you are about moving to a new place as you are? Go figure.
You’ve just moved into your new home and you’re excited to make friends with the new neighbors! It’s important to make a good impression in your new neighborhood, but perhaps your pup and pal for life has some undesirable and - more importantly - un-neighborly behaviors.
So you’ve closed (or are closing) on your dream home and you can almost feel the jingle of the keys in between your fingers. But one thing you should probably aim to tackle before you get too excited – moving day.
Whether you’re renovating your home or moving from one home to another and have need for storing your belongings in the interim, a storage unit may work itself into the equation.
Moving is never easy, but throw a toddler or two in the mix, and it can present a bit more of a challenge!
As if moving isn’t stressful enough, know that moving can make you vulnerable to identity theft if you don’t take measures to protect against it.
It goes without saying that moving is stressful. Moving from a larger home to a smaller home can be even more stressful. Sure, when you lived in your large home you had the square footage to hang on to every meaningful knick-knack and item of memorabilia, grandma’s antique credenza, and that bread maker that’s been collecting dust in your food pantry (but you swear you’re going to use it! You just found a cool bread recipe on Pinterest…).
Buying a new home in a new neighborhood is fun – but moving is not so fun. I know few individuals who revel in the joys of strategically packing everything they own into gazillions of boxes and spending days unpacking them all over again. No one really loves it, but chances are, we’ll all have to do it at least a few times in our lives.
But wouldn’t moving be easier if you had less stuff to move. Of course, it would. You don’t need to throw out everything you own (or even close), but decluttering your abode before you even begin packing is a great way to save you time, money and added frustration.
Get rid of trash – I’m not referring to the pizza box from last night, I’m talking about random trash that’s lurking in every room. Check out your bathroom…do you really need 4 half empty bottles of shampoo? Consolidate and throw the rest out. What about your kitchen? Do you have 17 partially stale boxes of cereal in your pantry? Get rid of them! (Also, start using air tight containers – your cereal will last longer). Trash lurks around every corner, and chances are, if you haven’t used it recently, you won’t use it soon.
If you don’t have time to go through every room before you start packing, make sure you hit your kitchen and your bathroom. Why? Because there’s less likely to be an attachment to things you find…meaning you’ll be more apt to toss things you don’t need.
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