Moving Soon? Here Are Some Tips for a Smoother Transition
This time of year is peak moving season! I'll be preparing for a move myself come November (fingers crossed that the snow hasn't arrived yet). Inspired by this transition I spoke with one of my closest friends and co-founder of Better Life Project, Natasha Nesrine, who just finished moving into her new home with her husband-to-be.
Below are key takeaways and tips from Natasha based on her moving experience.
Were there any strategies you used in your moving transition?
1. Sell everything you don't want in your new house.
Use donation and garbage as your second and third options. I used the Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji to sell almost $3,000 worth of unwanted furniture and stuff. You'd be very surprised as to what people will pay for. Even if it's $5 or $10 it still adds up.
2. If you don't absolutely love it, get rid of it.
Living without something even as "essential" as a couch can totally be done and it's not as painful as you think. We sat with pillows and blankets on the floor for a month and now we are so appreciative to have our new couch. Not having one forced us to be really intentional about finding a new couch that we loved, and gave us the kick in the pants we needed to get serious about replacing it. Otherwise it would have remained as another eyesore on our to-do list. My policy is it's always better to fill your space with things you love instead of things just for the sake of having them. This has left me feeling really proud of where I live.
3. Label your boxes with everything that's inside them and the room those items belong in.
One of the worst things about moving is not being able to find something when you need it, and wanting to tear apart everything in your line of sight until you find the Afterbite. We did this for every box we packed and it's saved a lot of headaches.
4. Seek and accept help from others.
We had several people offer to help us move and we couldn't have done it without them. Even the smallest things make a big impact on moving day.
5. Buy a bunch of healthy food.
We actually didn't do this but my mom was smart enough to know we would need it. Every time I've moved she's set me up with several days worth of healthy and quick packaged foods — like hummus and crackers and salads from Costco — so I could focus on all the other stuff and not worry about cooking. If it weren't for her, I'd be surviving on corn on the cob!
In the entire process, what would you say worked well and what didn't?
Trusting other people to get things done instead of micromanaging. My tendency is to check up on what everyone is doing to make sure it's being done according to my specifications. Tell the person doing the job two things: 1. What needs to be done, and 2. What really matters to you regarding that task. Leave out instructions on how to do it unless they ask. This will have them feel responsible, empowered and trusted with the job.
What didn't work
We tried putting all our boxes in one area and bringing them to each room one at a time to unpack them. This didn't work because the room we initially piled everything in was the most used room in the house — our kitchen. This just ended up driving us nuts and probably contributed to prolonged unhealthy eating.
I also bought a few new furniture pieces and fixtures from the Facebook Marketplace before we moved. This didn't work because there's obviously no return policy, and once we put them in the house we realized they didn't match what we were looking for. I realized I should have waited until we moved in to take some measurements and plan out a colour scheme, instead of getting really excited and jumping on a good deal.
Any final tips?
Do just one project at a time — start to finish. We got to a point during the first weekend in our new house where stress levels were running extra high because as we looked around we just saw unfinished projects everywhere. Tasks were started and left incomplete without the area being tidied up and everything properly put away. We solved this problem by making a whiteboard with three columns: Task + Tools Needed, Date (to be completed), and Name (of the person responsible for completing the task).
Looking for extra support in your transition? Natasha is a certified Life Coach who is happy to help! Get in touch.