Step Into Our Moving Van

September 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm 1 comment

Move on up!

Over the past few weeks we’ve been helping a customer downsize from a house to a condo.  Not only did said customer move dwellings – she moved cities as well!   

The entire process got us thinking about how emotional, stressful, exciting, and transforming the experience of moving can be.

There’s the physical/logistical pieces: preparing to pack (we like to call it Editing), finding boxes, finding trusted movers, packing, transporting, unpacking, settling in. And the emotional pieces: going through EVERYTHING you own at once, memories evoked, making decisions around what to keep and where to put it, saying goodbye to a space once called home.

Despite inevitable challenges, we see the entire process as an opportunity to grow. (And shrink! Which is growth to us.)  

Taking up residence in a new space forces us to map out exactly how we want our homes to look and feel. It compels us to trim the excess.

We asked our customer to pack only the things she needs and loves.  Tough stuff for someone who’s spent a lifetime collecting knickknacks, magazines, records, clothing, books and linens.  Needless to say we worked our magic and our customer is now enjoying her beautiful new home filled only with useful and meaningful things.

Here’s how:  

Prepare well in advance

Choose areas/rooms in your home and begin de-cluttering.  Create Pack, Toss, and Maybe piles.  Ask yourself those tough questions.  When was the last time I used/wore it? Could it be put to better use by someone else? Can I access or purchase another if I ever really need it?   

Purchase boxes from liquor stores and grocery stores. Furniture stores can also provide larger boxes and scrap cardboard that can be used to protect furniture etc… A drop of lavender oil inside each box goes a long way. Invest in durable tape as well!

 Book reliable movers weeks ahead or make a ton of friends!

Clean items before packing them.  Makes the unpacking process and immediate use so much easier!

Always pack like with like. After filling a box/container, mark it clearly with the room it will be stored in

Carve out time to properly dispose of no longer needed items

Welkom Huis!


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Isis Miu  |  October 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I love this post! I’m moving in five months and will definitely call for packing/editing assistance. Thanks for the tips and witty writing!


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