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I’ve moved/re-located a lot in my life so far – and there is not an end in sight ;-). In the last 20 years, I’ve moved:

  • four times within a city
  • twice within a country
  • five times within a continent
  • and twice cross-continent

Obviously, I’m a bit restless … but I also know a trick or two about the whole moving thing. So, here are some tips, besides “book your relocation company on time”.

01-23-Stillwater, MN-002Relocating is a great time to de-clutter. So, as soon as you know you will move, de-clutter one room/area a week – either every day a little bit or one whole day and it’s done. Depending on the season it’s likely you’ll be already able to pack away your Christmas decoration/winter coats/swimsuits & summer dresses/easter eggs. Everything you can pack now, you’ll be thankful for in the last weeks before the moving day.

Kitchen: start to use up your groceries: the half empty package of coconut flakes which you needed for a special birthday cake? Either use it or ask your neighbours if they want it (while it’s stile useable). The bottle of wine which was a gift and it’s not your taste? If you can’t use it for Risotto or coq au vin, again: ask neighbours and friends if they want it. Get an idea of items you want to use up and plan your meals accordingly. The last two or three days before moving, plan for take away or going out (a good time to invite yourself at friends and family for a farewell dinner ;-)).

This is also a great time to get rid of those set of ugly cups which were a gift from your aunt five years ago. Similarly, if you know you will be replacing a current item, discard the old piece before moving. You may notice you won’t miss it and won’t buy the replacement.

On the other hand, if you’re not moving trans-continental and your new destination doesn’t have restrictive laws for bringing food, then, just before your moving day, pack some of your trusted and loved staples in a small box for your first meals in your new home. This is especially helpful when moving with children; it gives them a sense of home and decrease the stress of finding the right kind of pasta sauce within the first 24 hours of arriving.

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Picture from Paula Jo Nyman

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