Things to do before moving (Part 1)
To-Do Before Moving
As mentioned before, our family will be moving back to Basel next month. Moving countries or continents is not an anomaly these days with most countries welcoming foreign workers and most of us being willing and able to uproot ourselves. Moving is a pain - I hear you say. It can however be made easier with some pre-planning. Because we are not (yet) minimalists, here are some useful advice relating to pre-moving.
Decluttering (a major step)
A seemingly obvious step prior to any move - one that requires so much time and energy. Clothes, books, toys, gadgets, kitchen stuff, etc. Watching “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix a few months ago provided me with the initial boost to start jettisoning items (though not in Marie Kondo’s strict order). So did reading Fumio Sasaki’s thought provoking book “Goodbye Things”. Positive reinforcement will be sought from “Outer Order, Inner Calm” written by a favourite author, who incidentally also co-hosts the popular podcast called “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” that I really do recommend you listen to if you are into a happier life, self improvement and sisterly banter.
Labelling and Printing
Labelling cords and plugs
Using tape you can write on or matching coloured stickers while they’re all sitting together in harmony now. Despite knowing better, we skipped this process during our last move and boy was it tedious to try and match them when they were all jumbled in a box!
Several copies of the enlarged floor plan of the new place which will be pasted on each door of the new apartment. The plans will include different coloured stickers in each room as well as clear drawings of the furniture meant to be there. Hopefully they will enable movers to efficiently unload the boxes (which should be by then also affixed with clear labels and coloured stickers) and assemble the furniture in the right places, rapidly, with minimal guidance. We were a bit disorganised about this process in previous moves. It was hectic attending to two young children and talking to the movers every few minutes. No surprise that a bed (or two) had to be dismantled to be relocated to the right place.
Do you have any great pre-moving advice to share? I would love to hear them. Even better ideas on how to embrace minimalism once and for all :-)