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Moving- one word, all of the emotions. We moved pretty much every 7 years like clockwork and with that experience, I can relate to how that person is feeling. There are many reasons for a person/family to move. Need more space, a better commute, downsizing since children are moving out, divorce… but whatever the reason, the main feeling is stress. There are a lot of moving parts to the act of moving from deciding to go, to filling up the tru

ck, to unpacking the last box. The key to having a smooth move is to stay above the fray. Control what you can control and don’t worry about the things that are out of your hands. I know this is easier said than done, but it helps to go into this with an open mind and understand that yes, things might not go your way and might possibly take longer than you think.

The very first thing to do after you actually decide to move, even before you pick a realtor, is organize your house. The move will go much more smoothly when you weed out all the things you don’t want. This helps to save money on moving things you will never use and it makes the unpacking process so much easier. I know this is a daunting task, but you must only do a little at a time. Concentrate on one room at a time, and within that ro

om, do a cabinet or closet, one at a time. Take everything out of the cabinet, wipe down the shelves and only put back what you are going to use. If you set yourself a goal of a room a week, you will be amazed at how quickly you can make progress. Do not overwhelm yourself, and ask for help when you need it. Make a plan with what you are keeping and what is going. Have a yard sale - get the kids involved. Top tip: tell them they can keep whatever money they earn from their toys and books if they clear out their rooms. Money is a great motivator. Think about donating or selling your items that you no longer need. Remember to think about the space you are moving into. During our last move, we went to an apartment from a house, and had way too much furniture. It was a little sad to part with things I had since we were first married, but I eventually saw it as an opportunity to refresh our style and do things a little differently.

So, when you decide the time has come for you and your family to move, put on a positive attitude and your patience pants. At Living Simple, we understand, and can help make your next move run smoothly, be less stressful, and make this a positive, happy experience. Check out all our services at and let’s get moving!

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