Deciding What to Move

Some folks can pack a suitcase or two and be ready to move next door, across the country, or halfway around the world. Others need the largest moving van available—or maybe even a fleet of them. Most of us fall somewhere in between. How much do you have to move? A room full? A house full? A whole farm full? Your decision of how much you do yourself in the move depends somewhat on how much stuff you have to move.

The apprehension of a moving decision can come from the overwhelmingness of it all. There’s just so much stuff! What goes and what stays? How do you get rid of it? Should you just walk away and replace it all at the other end?

These decisions are important in the moving process. Chances are you already have the facts you need to make the decision; trying to come to a firm decision, however, becomes overwhelming.

How can you decide? Here are some “opportunities” for making a smart move based on the “challenges” of your type of move.

If you’re moving a young household:

  • Get rid of toys no longer used.
  • Replace that bulky swing set or sand box at your destination rather than move it.
  • Sell or give away youth beds and get standard beds for your new home.
  • Give away some of the numerous toaster ovens you got as wedding presents.
  • Hand down hand-me-down clothing to cousins, neighbor children, or charities.

If you’re moving a mature household:

  • Start emptying your nest now, giving heirlooms to children and other relatives who have the room for them.
  • Turn your junk into someone else’s treasure—hold an estate sale and let them move it.
  • Go through your stuff asking, “Is there someone I know who can use this more than I?” If so, give it to them.
  • Rethink what makes you really happy and what is ultimately important in your life.
  • Plan to make room in your new home for lots of visitors.

If the membership of your living group is changing (marriage, divorce, death, felony conviction, college, boarding school, interplanetary travel):

  • Decide whether to keep or get rid of items that belong(ed) to others.
  • If necessary, ask for help with the physical and emotional aspects of splitting the sheets or reviewing the memories.
  • Relax and try to find some good things about the situation.

If you have a home-based business or a second office in your house:

  • Review your business objectives to decide whether they should be continued, modified, or eliminated with your move.
  • Decide how you want to change your business’ communication system as it is moved: more phone lines, a fax machine, call waiting.
  • If you have an inventory, consider renting a separate location for it near your new home.
  • If you have a bulky desk, consider selling it here and getting a new one there.

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