If you’re like most people you would probably rather go to the dentist every day for the next week than move from one place to another. I know that’s how I felt when my company decided to open a branch office across the country and they asked me if I wanted to run it. Yes, it certainly sounded exciting and I looked forward to the change (and the raise). Of course they offered to pay for the moving company, but even with that I still dreaded making the move itself. However, in the process of moving I found that, like so many things people try to avoid, what goes on in your head can be worse than the actual experience. And now that I’m settled into my beautiful new home I’ve got to say that although packing and unpacking wasn’t one of the highlights of my life, there were some things that I did that made the experience much more palatable and productive. Read this article and you will discover how you can kill a couple of birds with one stone on your next move.
There are a lot of emotional factors that go into moving. More come into play if you’re moving a distance because you often have to leave friends and family behind. But whether you’re moving across the state or across the country, when you move you’re going to have Plastic Boxes to pack up your life’s belongings. Most experts recommend that you donate, sell, or throw out anything that you haven’t used for the past six to twelve months. I think maybe too many of us carry around things that put roadblocks in our lives. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been carrying some stuff around for a lot longer than twelve months and it was finally time to get rid of a lot of it. I got rid of furniture, clothing, my mattress and box spring, bedding, appliances – you name it, it was either recycled or hit the trash.
Mostly kept books (I like to read), photos, and some of my clothes. I either donated or threw out about 40% of everything I owned and I’ve got to tell you, it was a very liberating experience. Even with all that I still had a surprisingly large amount of things to be moved. Whatever I decided to keep I put in boxes and labeled the contents of each box. Then I put an asterisk on the most important boxes so I’d know which ones to unpack first. I also color coded each box so I would know which room it belonged in. These few simple things made setting up my new home so much faster and easier. I hired a well established moving company and everything went as smooth as silk. Probably the only thing I would change, if I had to do it again, is next time I’ll have the moving company pack up my stuff for me. And maybe even unpack it too.