Reorganizing your lifelong accumulation of household goods can be a bit overwhelming so keep in mind why you’re moving: the ultimate goal is peace of mind and easy living. It’s time to enjoy the lifestyle you’ve earned without the burden of a house, yard and so many things to keep track of. This is your opportunity to make your new home exactly what you want, surrounded by what you find meaningful.
Start by organizing small items such as clothing, papers, knick-knacks, toiletries, dishes, glassware and linens. Then designate a space in your home to set up three areas: one for items that will be going to your new residence, one for items to be given to children and family, and a third for items to be donated or sold. Try to sort through a few things each day.
Move on to large items such as upholstery, wood furniture, lamps and art. Consider the floor plan of your new residence. Ask for measurements of your new space and use graph paper and scaled drawings of furniture to “arrange” your things. This will help you decide the best use for these larger items. Think about how you will spend your time and how best to arrange that new space to accommodate your needs and desires.
Make a list of items in each of the three areas to help you keep track of what you’ll need to have moved and who among your family will get other items. You’ll also want to itemize donations for tax purposes.