Transitions… they are never easy. Change often brings fear, but if we can look beyond that and view them more as new beginnings than they become opportunities.
I recently sold my house and had to be out in two weeks . Not only that I was downsizing, gone was my personal storage unit- the garage. What to keep, what to let go of? I started to spend hours looking through photos, lots of photos: my daughter’s drawings, report cards, Mother’s Day cards- I am sentimental, I wanted to keep it all- and time was limited. I decided to make rules for myself.
So here are my Moving Survival Tips:
1. Photograph those things that mean the most to you that you know you need to leave behind.
2. Find help, whether it’s a family member, friend, or someone hired-don’t do this alone. Have someone with you to keep you moving, on track, not to mention emotional support.
3. Hire someone to put family photos, videos and in my case, work photos on discs, so they take up inches of space instead of boxes. (GROUPON often has offers)
4. PURGE ..clothing, kitchen ‘stuff’, books, objects.
Clothes-if it doesn’t fit now, it probably won’t again, let it go.
If you haven’t worn it in 2 years – and yes I know the rule is one- but I get attached, let it go. Let someone else enjoy it!
If you don’t feel ‘happy’ wearing it or it doesn’t bring back a happy memory, say goodbye.
Home Accessories – if it hasn’t been out on display, let it go. Or if it’s been boxed up for a while, make it new again & let go of the things you’ve been looking at for the last 5-10 years.
Furniture- take what fits in the new space. If you’re not sure, hire an expert. It is well worth paying a designer for a few hours of their time. Add a few new things – curtains or a new bedside table, so the new space feels like your own yet still fresh and new.
If in doubt, donate it, have a garage sale, take it to a resale shop.