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Does the prospect of moving have you buzzing with excitement? Or are you left with worries about packing and clutter? This moving season, an estimated 40 million Americans will move or relocate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Moving is an exciting time, creating opportunities to start fresh and reinvent your life. But whether you’re moving by yourself or uprooting your entire family, moving presents a number of stress-causing challenges. Staying organized and planning ahead will be your best armor against the moving blues. Ease your transition with some of these professional organization tips:
Make a plan. Your calendar will be your best friend throughout the moving process. As soon as you know your moving date, schedule moving help and/or a truck rental. Then, block out time in your calendar for each step of the move, including packing, payment due dates and paperwork. Schedule a day or several to walk through your home, opening every cabinet and drawer, to get rid of what you don’t need or use.
Clear the clutter. Did you know that 91 percent of Americans say they have kept an item because they feel guilty getting rid of it? That’s a lot of leftover gifts, family heirlooms, greeting cards and rarely worn clothing just lying around. And when you have a home filled with disorganized clutter, you can spend hours searching for misplaced items. A move is a great opportunity to go through that stuff and make the tough decisions about what to keep and what to toss.
Stock up on supplies. From cleaning supplies to boxes, to labels, packing tape and scissors, you’ll want to make sure you have all the tools you need. Set up a “moving station” somewhere in your current home where you store all your moving necessities. Be sure to select the right boxes for moving your different types of belongings.
Create a moving binder. A three-ring binder is an organization staple for any area of your life. Store and file moving company brochures or business cards, important paperwork like leases or closing documents and use a pouch for holding pens and sticky notes.
Pack like a pro. Assign a color to each area or room of your home. Use colored pens, tape and stickers so you can easily see your color code from across the room or from inside a moving truck. Label all sides of your boxes so you can easily see where a box belongs even when they’re all jumbled together.
Prepare for moving day. Leading up to your move, make sure to hydrate, rest and eat well. Take care of yourself so that you’ll be completely ready to take on the tasks at hand. Don’t forget to pack a survival box with the essentials you need for the first night in your new home.
Get your home seen — digitally
With a video camera and a stroll around your house, you can set your home apart when you’re looking to sell. With 92 percent of homebuyers researching potential homes online, a video of what your home has to offer can give your house an edge in the market. Using a digital video camcorder or even your smart phone, walk through your home and show off its best features and what you like best about your soon-to-be former home. While in the video-making mood, also take your camera around your neighborhood and highlight parks or schools close by, a bakery or coffee shop that you and your family frequented, and be sure to showcase the street a potential buyer could be living on. Once you’ve got your video, upload it to social media sites or YouTube to get the word out about your house.
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Hide or highlight your older home’s character
Older homes tend to have personality and character and one area where that is predominantly showcased is in the trim, molding and doors around the interior of the house. With the attention to detail, these areas help give your home a unique feel. One of the easiest ways to highlight those features is by using contrasting colors. If the trim and molding is in good shape, pick a neutral or near-neutral contrasting color from your walls and paint throughout to give your home a sense of consistency. On the other hand, if your trim or molding is not in the best condition, you can hide those imperfections (and keep the personality) by using just one shade of paint. Paint the walls, trim and molding all the same color to keep your home’s character in tact.
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Eliminate your compost pile with a hugelkultur garden
A compost pile can be beneficial to any garden, but more often than not, a compost pile can be unsightly. But if you still want to reap the benefits of a compost pile without the view of a pile, a hugelkultur garden might be the answer. A hugelkultur garden consists of mounds of rotting wood covered with soil. To start, use wood that is in the decomposition stage (the more rotten the better) and place in your desired location. Once the mound of wood is built, cover the wood in soil and then plant like you would for any other raised bed garden. Along with the benefits of compost, the mound also eliminates the need for constant irrigation because the wood acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture and then releasing it slowly into the soil.
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