a new place is usually seen as a new beginning, a chance for a fresh start, a
new page in life. The moving process may seem overwhelming. However, it is just
a sequence of actions that result in the relocation of your belongings from one
place to another. So, while the emotional and mental preparation for your house
move is crucial for the successful outcome of your relocation adventure, the
actual preparation of your items for shipment is just as important. You need to
inventory your possessions, sort them out, declutter your home, get rid of any
unwanted items, carefully pack the things you’re going to take with you,
provide appropriate insurance for your valuable, and so on. Now you just have
to figure out how you’re going to pack and move everything without breaking the
bank, your fragile lamp, or your back.
The first step to figuring this out is to sort things by category. Organize your belongings by category, not by room (Note: that the category part only applies to the organization process, not the unpacking — that’s a whole separate ordeal!) Instead of spending a day cleaning out your entire bedroom, spend an afternoon sorting through every article of clothing you own. Scour every coat closet, dirty clothes hamper, and laundry room until you’ve got all your clothes in one place. Then do the same thing for books, shoes, important papers, etc. All these preparatory steps are essential for organizing a smooth and trouble-free move.