“We have to move.” Those four little words can create such a world of stress and uncertainty. But, I’m here to help. As a self-proclaimed expert mover (My husband, son and I have moved to 5 different states in 8 years), I’m here to offer three book suggestions. These three books have helped keep me sane through so many moves.
There are some steps you can take to keep your life in order so that if the need to move arises, it won’t feel like such a monumental task. And the bonus part… even if you never move, your house will be clean and organized. Win-Win!
Minimalism. It seems like the cool new thing to do. But isn’t it just what generations before us naturally did? One of my favorite decorating books is Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith. First off, the book itself is gorgeous on my coffee table. Most of all, I love her styling tips. She takes you through the whole styling process like a friend chatting with you over coffee. I that appreciate that she does it all in a “show me don’t just tell me” sort of way. Keeping a minimalist style is pretty self-explanatory. Less stuff in the house means less stuff to pack… and clean. Which segues us quite nicely into the next tip!
Keep the house decluttered. I can’t imagine there is a person out there that has not heard of Marie Kondo’s life-changing magic of tidying up. It was the craze that swept the nation. Suddenly, we were all asking objects all over our home did they “spark joy”? While you can take Ms. Kondo’s method to any extreme you like, the general principle rings true. Keep your home free of things you don’t need. Get rid of those toys that your child outgrew two years ago. Donate the books you won’t read again to the library. Go through your kitchen and clean out the pots and pan you never reach for. Taking the time to do these little cleanouts on a monthly basis can make a big difference.
Keep the house clean. The next book is a bit controversial. While I am not a fan of the author’s outspoken political and religious views, I do think that the cleaning strategy she has put together is brilliant. Sink Reflections by Martha Cilley is a guide for the disorganized. I, without hesitation, fit this category. The idea is to break your housecleaning into daily tasks that should take a minimal amount of time. A morning routine and an evening routine help to keep your household in order. Along with this, you follow a weekly rotation of deep cleaning different rooms each week. As much as I hate to admit it when I follow this method my house looks great! Even though the book is about cleaning, it comes with a healthy dose of “don’t sweat the small stuff”, which I very much appreciate.
Bonus tip- Hire a great moving company. Every move we have made from state to state, we have used a professional moving company. This has relieved so much of the stress that comes with moving. Having someone there that you can trust makes the move that much smoother. The amount of time that you will save from having to pack your entire house is worth its weight in gold.
When we have moved, they have literally packed our entire house in a two-day span. I can’t even begin to imagine how long it would take me to do all that work. Also, this is why frequent decluttering is essential! You won’t have to spend hours trying to go through everything before the mover pack or worse yet, have them pack a bunch of things you don’t even want!
If you are local to Minnesota like my family, I recommend Relief Moving Company, LLC. With a 4.9 rating on Google from over 70 reviews AND an A rating from the Better Business Bureau, they have proven they are a great company to work with. They are a small professional moving company that will take care of all your needs. The best part of a small company is that you matter to them. This labor moving company in Blaine MN has multiple moving options so that you can make the best choice for you and your family. Do you need to simply have a piece of furniture over to your apartment? They can do that. Need to move to a new house a few cities away? They can do that. Need to have your whole house packed up and moved to a new state? They have got you covered!
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