Moving can seem like an overwhelming task to any of us. And, you certainly don't want to move anything you don't need or want, so be sure to resolve only to pack those things that are NOT clutter. What is that? Anything that brings you great joy or serves a purpose. Otherwise, it is time to donate, ditch or pass along to someone else that can use it.
Andrew Mellen, an expert on order in NYC gave some great guidelines in the August 2016 Real Simple magazine on starting actions for you as you move.
"Work backwards from your end date, scheduling manageable blocks for packing-- and mark them on your calendar and set a timer" he says. Also, "If you're 3 weeks out or less, consider yourself down to the wire. Stop thinking about living in your home and begin thing of it as camping" He goes on to suggest that you set aside a week's worth of clothes and essentials for each of you in the household. That way, everything else is free game to pack. I think it is also always good to pack one box marked as FIRST BOX, which should be loaded last onto the truck and off-loaded first! This should contain things like paper towels, toilet tissue, soap--anything you need immediately that first day so you don't have to go searching. Every time I have moved that has made it lots easier for me. I hope these ideas help you as well.
As you are decluttering, you may find you need some help. Many cannot do this alone and that is totally understandable. So, where do you go for this help?
You might start with your adult children. They are there at no cost, they know you and your stuff and if they are willing can be a big help.
If that isn't working, consider a Personal Organizer, such as...ME. I work as a nonjudgmental helper to keep you on track and getting the process to move along, with you always in charge of anything that gets ditched, donated, kept or sold.
An estate liquidator might be helpful if you have a lot that you want auctioned off. You will get pennies on the dollar, but it also someone else carrying the workload. I have used them and found it a great relief.
Senior Move Managers can help you if you are relocating and need someone to oversee the entire process from start to finish. Be sure to check references!! And, they aren't cheap!
Junk haulers bring a big truck and make all the trash items go away. You would need to have it all ready for them as they just take it and get rid of it at the landfill. Some people find this hard to actually watch their things leave, or you may find it freeing. Be sure to think it through.
These are ideas for major decluttering. I hope it gives you the keys to get started today.
I saw this idea at diyncrafts.com about using shower curtain hooks for storing your scarves and loved it! http://www.diyncrafts.com/14948/organization/85-insanely-clever-organizing-and-storage-ideas-for-your-entire-home