moving day

Being a Downsizing Diva carries a lot of responsibility, especially when you are thinking about doing your own downsizing and moving. The big thing we know for sure... it is easier to let go of someone else’s stuff than it is to let go of your own. 

In less than a year, I had three different addresses. I downsized from a not- so-large condo (851 square feet) to a smaller condo (677 square feet) to my present home (606 square feet). When planning for each of these moves, I decided to sort, downsize and myself.  

The reason was NOT because I was afraid to let the Divas and or my friends see how much stuff I had; I want to test our system personally and make sure it really worked!  
In the process of managing my own move, here are FIVE THINGS I know for sure:  

1. Packing for a move can be liberating.  When you start packing, you will be amazed at just how much stuff you have. I’m not just talking clothes -- there are small appliances, pots and pans, food, cosmetics, sports equipment, books, linens, jewellery... the list goes on. But lighten-up and you really will feel better!   

2. Another name for our stuff is “possessions” ...because our stuff often possesses us and not the other way around!   

3. Downsizing is easier to do with objectivity!  When you have someone, who is not emotionally attached to your stuff to help you downsize, you look at your treasures more objectively and often see the humour in what you’ve kept.   

4. An Inventory is NEVER a waste of time.  Take the time to make a list of everything you are packing in each box. That way, if you don’t  get around to unpacking everything right away, at least you know which box to open to find whatever it is you’re looking for.   

5. Details, details, details…. more information is always better!  Identify the room destination for each box or item that is being moved. A bit of extra planning during the preparation for your move will make Move Day easier for you AND your movers.     

Here’s to moving experiences... every one of them! 

Karen Shinn

Karen Shinn

Downsizing Diva Co-Founder. Toronto East & North York

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