Living is accumulating. From the moment we receive our first gifts to when we’re giving presents to our children and grandchildren, we acquire, we gather, we collect, we treasure and, in some cases, we hoard.
Firstly, you’ll be turning your house over and packing it into boxes so you’ll know exactly what and how much you have. It’s all laid out for the taking or the tossing.
Secondly, you’ll be in a cleaning mode. There will be extra bins about the place and friends and family around happy to take unwanted items off your hands. Take advantage of the disorder to put order in your life.
Thirdly, being hard on yourself and your family members about hanging on to unwanted items will enable you to save on moving – always a big expense – and make the process a lot easier.
Lightening the load will also make a huge difference at the other end.
One of the great pleasures of moving home is the opportunity to give your interior space a make-over.
This doesn’t mean tossing away all your furniture. Simply think about the bits and pieces that have been lingering in your life a little too long, taking up space and providing little pleasure.
And, course, moving often means downsizing, or at least drastic rearrangement. So lightening the load means you will have more storage space at the other end, enabling you to have an uncluttered start to your new life.