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3 Critical factors in reducing your stress when moving


#1 Use moving as the event to motivate your de-cluttering and purging efforts. 

If you feel moving is overwhelming, welcome. So does the rest of the world, even Professional Organizers. Even n my own personal experience I start packing with more than enough time. For example, two months before the move date is a great time to get started, (also depending on the amount of space and stuff you have). You never want to lose interest or momentum so do a little bit every day, but continuity is key. Yes moving is the goal but remember you need to unpack on the other end so why not pack in an organized way, start the process.: de-clutter, categorize, prioritize, commit, and follow through.


#2 Letting go is not just giving your items away, it’s an art and it needs to be practiced.

Moving is a huge motivating factor that catapults us to evaluate our “stuff” and finally gives us a tangible reason to release the items we simply don’t need, use, or want. The more we get rid of these items before we move, the faster our home will empty and obviously be available for sale, if that’s a part of your moving goal. I always look at a new space as a chance to do it right this time and if you organize on the packing end, it’s a cakewalk on the unpacking side.

Also, some will take this opportunity to make a little petty cash and have a little bit of fun with the pre- move by using things like Facebook Marketplace, Let Go app, or even having a yard/tag sale to get rid of the excess items. The sale is a specific deadline to work towards. In addition, it’s a chance to make some side cash; whatever amount of money you make, this is a powerful motivator to let go.

This is a lot of extra work if you decide to do it on your own (without a professional) but it can be a lot of fun and social.  There is some type of great feeling a person gets when they see their worthless item become of value in someone else’s hands; it’s a great thing to feel, especially while undergoing such a stressful process.


#3 Practice mindful rotation.

Obviously, as stated above, moving is the ultimate time to let go of the old to make space for the new.  It’s not silly to think we are always going to see a new piece of clothing or find a new product we like and want to try. So all we have to do is practice the art of letting go which involves the fundamental idea of rotation. We all have too much stuff (yes, even organizers will wind up with more than they need, unless we practice the art of rotation).   What does that mean? Here’s one example,  I put my clothing in a certain system: whatever comes next is what I pick, if I do not pick it twice I obviously don’t like it, it doesn’t look good on me, or I’m over it and it’s time to go into my donation bag.

Living the fundamental principle of rotation in all areas allows me to continually get new things and get rid of old things without clutter building up. Yes, I’m in a constant state of rotation.

Because of who I am, the abundance of “stuff” would slowly start to overcome me and I would find this completely unmanageable.  I don’t ever put myself into that position, I just can’t.  I find others who are not so sensitive unfortunately do get themselves overwhelmed and get squeezed out by their own possessions. However, once they start to practice the art of letting go through rotation, they are continually looking for what can be let go of, and this is a healthy pattern to be in.

So yes, can moving be less stressful? Definitely, moving can be a positive place of transition and can actually benefit you,  and once you start to think this way you can become more careful about what you bring in because you know eventually everything must come out.


2 Responses

  1. Great Blog! I love the idea of the rotation method for clothing. Do you use this method with other items in your life???
    • dbarash
      Absolutely!!! In fact I use it in several areas. It’s forces me use everything I own and makes it quite easy for me to get rid of items I’m no longer interested in.

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