- Start a month before the big move. Go room by room.. and pack for an hour a day. It’s a lot less stressful.
- You can pick up sturdy boxes for free from liquor or grocery stores.
- Check places like Habitat for Humanity ReStore or Goodwill for big clothes boxes.
- Pack small boxes on a tabletop if possible. That will keep you from kneeling or bending for any length of time.
- Donate or sell whatever furniture or appliances you don’t absolutely need.
- Pack your medications, medical records, financial records and any other important documents in separate boxes.. and take them with you on moving day!
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- Begin with ceiling fans and work your way down to the baseboards.
- Again, go room by room whenever you have some time.
- CEILING FANS.. a microfiber cloth or hand mop is great for collecting the dust.
- WALLS.. to keep them fresh, lightly dust them every 3 months with a mop (dry or slightly damp). To remove everyday marks, try some warm water and a clean sponge. But be careful with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It could remove the color or finish.
- DOORWAYS AND TRIM.. again, a microfiber cloth works wonders on any dust that may have collected. Cleaning wipes get them to really shine.
Disposing of items is not as difficult as you may think.
- Help a charity by donating gently used clothes or various household items. Some organizations even come to your house, pick them up and leave you a receipt.
- You can place unwanted items by the street with a sign that reads “Free.” Watch them disappear!
- If you’re really ambitious, hold a Yard Sale or sign up at an online auction site. Turn those unwanted items into cash.
Go through items room by room and ask yourself:
1. Do I use this item regularly?
2. Or is it something that I love?
If not.. consider tossing, donating or storing it.
For example, rid your medicine cabinet of ANYTHING that has an expired date. Pharmacies usually have a receptacle that will safely dispose of such medications.
As for clothes, my rule of thumb: if I haven’t worn it in 2 years, say Goodbye.
You’ll be amazed at the space you create.
Take one project at a time:
1. Decorating — get your items together and sort them by room (or outdoor space). If you have children, let them help put out the decorations.
2. Shopping for the food — prepare your list. If you can buy ahead of time, by all means, do. And have your recipes at the ready!
3. Expecting company? — Start a week before they arrive and clean/prepare one room at a time. (guest room first, then guest bath) Remember, the entire house does not have to be done all in one day. And don’t stress about being perfect!