Tips to Prepare You for Your Next Big Move
Our time in Hawaii is ending. Yes, it’s true. Our island life will be over this summer. Hubs has been reassigned to a new unit and that means we will be moving. We’re heading to Colorado, where the weather could not be more different than it is here. I had a pretty good plan to move us here since I had to do it mostly myself. Hubs was in a class and I had the house packed up, cleared, and settled us in for a Florida vacation while Hubs was doing Army training.
This time around, he is here to help. Kind of. The month leading up to the movers coming, he will be in yet another course and so after making a list of things we need to do, we decided that he would take a week of leave and we would sort through stuff and get rid of a lot of stuff. And we did! We only have a few things left on our list – cleaning the grill and cleaning the lawn mower and then we are ready for the movers to come take away our stuff.
Since we’re ahead of the game, I thought I would share some tips because if you’re in the military, you know, summer time is PCS time!
- Make a detailed list of everything in your house you need to sort through. My list was broken down by room and closet. I didn’t just have “master bedroom” listed, I had 3 subsets: my dresser, Hubs’ dresser, closet. Once you have your list, go through each closet and each dresser in every room. Make 3 piles: keep, donate, throw away. Bring trash bags with you as you sort and get to organizing. If you haven’t seen or used the item in question for a year: get rid of it. Seriously, you don’t need those glitter flats you wore once in 2013, you don’t.
- Reorganize what you’re keeping. We sorted through our garage which has decorations for various holidays as well as plastic tubs full of our childhood memories. We went through our boxes and got rid of things that weren’t as sentimental as we once thought. Yes, I do like old photographs but do I need triple copies of the same picture? No. No I do not.
- Clean as you go. Hubs power washed the inside of the garage since everything was pulled out of it. We also vacuumed out the closets. Of course we will have to do this again before we move out but next time we clean, it won’t be as dirty.
- If you’re like us, you will probably have a ton of trash after all this. Plan your sorting to end on the day before garbage day. We kept all the trash just inside the garage and on trash day, we pulled everything out. I did this to prevent pickers but that failed pretty hard because not 5 minutes later, people were digging through it. It’s cool, I get it. But you know what’s not cool? Leaving trash ALL OVER THE STREET because you couldn’t clean up after your picking session. This is why you should wait to pull your trash out.
- Do not be afraid to get rid of kid toys. Yes, they might cry. I had Hubs take the younger two to the commissary while Piglet was at school so I could sort the toys without the tears. If your kids are like mine, they have way too many toys anyway. Clean the ones that are still in good condition and donate them. I also took this as a chance to reorganize the remaining toys.
- While you’ve got all your stuff out, take mental (or physical) notes about what you want to take with you in your suitcase. My plan is to fly with 2 suitcases, 1 for the adults and 1 for the kids. When we came here, we had…8? I don’t know. A lot. Too much. Each kid has a backpack for their toys and will be their carry-on. The suitcases will be for clothes. When I was able to see all our things, I made a note of what to take and what to let the movers pack. We will have 2 packing dates so most of our stuff will go with the main shipment and we discussed what would be set aside for the second shipment.
Now that we were able to get our house prepared, we are going to be able to relax and enjoy our last few months on the island. Taking time to sort out and clear out all your extra stuff will make your move less stressful. There is no need to wait until a week until the movers arrive. This will only bring more stress to you. And since I currently cannot enjoy a glass of wine after a long day, the less stress, the better. 😉
What are some of your favorite tips for moving?