“Honey, pack your bags!” I would hear those words about every one to two years of my 30 years of marriage…bad news…we were not going on vacation, we were moving! My husband works in the hotel hospitality industry which included moves to 7 states, 13 cities, and 7 homes. You could say I was and AM a Relocation Specialist…aka REALTOR!
Finding a home in a kid friendly neighborhood, new schools, churches, meeting new friends, hair stylists, doctors, dentists, road shortcuts, contractors, handymen, and decorating the home (just to name a few changes) was a challenge at times, but with planning, decluttering and organizing made the transition smooth. But just when you thought you were settled, paint dried, basement finished, last box unpacked, and last picture hung, I’d hear…“honey, pack your bags!”
As moving became second nature, I learned quickly not to take all our “stuff” that was accumulated. Yes, even after one or two years of living in one home, decluttering was a must. I recall after a move, the four of us each had one towel. Needless to say, I should have bought stock in Bed Bath and Beyond, TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
In last week blog post, I shared “5 Easy Tips of Preparing your Home to Sell”. The most important tip is decluttering your home. I have been a realtor for over a decade showing thousands of homes and there is nothing worse than walking in a home that is disarray.
Moving is stressful and can be overwhelming, but with the right realtor advising, educating and providing the necessary resources to navigate through this journey is comforting. It begins with one room, one closet, one or two contractor garbage bags (one for keeps and one for donation). It’s a process of letting go of “stuff”. Begin in a less emotional area like the linen closet, worn sheets can be used for paint drop cloths, frayed towels can be donated to the feral cat society, and/or used as rags, donate the rest and use the “one per person rule”. There is NO sentimental value in sheets and towels, especially if they are 10+ years old. Less is more and so liberating to free your home of clutter.
Stay tuned for more of moving with motivation, if you don’t know where to start…just start. You’ll be glad you did!