Moving Tip #1

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Moving Tip #1


You can do any amount of research on how to move...finding the right moving company, packing efficiently, and so much more. However, having gone through many moves, including one right now, I would suggest that one of the first things you need to do is edit everything in your house to see what stays or what movingwill go with you to your new home.


There’s no reason to take what you don’t want, need or use any more or what is long past its expiration date to your new home.


My tip is to begin early and take one area at a time. Begin with a drawer in your kitchen and have a trash bin on one side and a box for donating on the other.


Go through your pantry and closets, check out your drawers as well. It’s easier to pack if you’re not having to decide what you want to pack.


THIS is the time to try on every article of clothing and decide if it’s a keeper.


The set of dishes you bought when you first moved away from home may or may not make the trip with you. Decide this before you begin to pack.


Don’t be afraid to keep that special martini glass that looks more like a work of art.  (Yes, something I do admit to) With few exceptions, many of us are collectors of things.  But you need to learn how to control your things...don’t let them control what you do in life.



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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. Funny what you learn from the reality. I saw a crooked moving company in Florida on the national news and thought of you. I hope you aren't using them.

Jan 29, 2019 07:12 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - I do not envy you going through this.  But you have the right attitude and smarts to declutter.  This post is a good reference for decluttering in general.   Every time I think of the word "declutter" I get the hebee geebees! LOL!

Jan 29, 2019 07:37 AM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


This is great advice for anyone who is moving. It seems more people than not move stuff they don't want or need rather than getting rid of it, and I have certainly been guilty of that as well. You really don't recognize how much stuff you have until it's time to have it paid to be moved!


Jan 29, 2019 07:37 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Excellent suggestions on Moving Tips #1 and so true.  Now if only I can get my wife to think like you.

Jan 29, 2019 07:43 AM #12
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hello Kathy: I thought you would be on the road to Houston today, and maybe you are. I envy your skills as a home stager because that's the only way I can figure how you managed to pack up and get out of Delray Beach so fast! Seems like once you put your mind to it, well, let's just say that no grass grows under your feet.

Jan 29, 2019 09:01 AM #13
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I think (jokingly) that every real estate professional should be required to move every 5 years. It would certainly give us more empathy.

Jan 29, 2019 09:33 AM #14
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That is an excellent tip, Kathy!  I am considering adopting that method as part of my spring cleaning this year.  I'm haven't moved in 36 years, but I can still practice your tip.

Jan 29, 2019 09:36 AM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 29, 2019 09:38 AM #16
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

This is great advice, Kathy.  I need to get more ruthless about this very thing even though I have no plans to move any time in the near future.  It will make the move easier whenever I do move... or for my heirs when they take me out in the pine box.   Keeping you in my thoughts as you relocate.  Hopefully. the hardest part is done.  Setting up a new home should be fun.

Jan 29, 2019 09:49 AM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Although we are not moving, this past week has been going through all kinds of stuff, shredding docs, etc.  Tomorrow, we have friends with two trucks to bring the rest, and we are giving them a few things they could really use.  A

Jan 29, 2019 11:32 AM #18
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy these are good tips and I am sure you will probably have a few more after this move.

Jan 29, 2019 03:08 PM #19
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I went through this with my mom when she moved.  Why pay to move things you aren't going to use or wear anymore?

Jan 29, 2019 03:36 PM #20
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

I do believe this is your moving day.  You asked the other day about a new heading for you Saturday's posts.  How about (Houston My Home Town)?

Jan 30, 2019 02:30 AM #21
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It makes no sense to bring stuff to the new house that you aren't using at the present house. I advise all my clients to toss or donate as much as possible before their move. Even better if they can make those decisions prior to listing so it helps with the staging!

Jan 30, 2019 03:28 PM #22
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

When one of my clients moved here from up north he sold everything and only brought his television, golf clubs and bar "because that's my life". He had the right idea!

Jan 30, 2019 08:18 PM #23
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy Streib Wishing you a smooth and easy move. All the planning in the world and it is still a very stressful time. Thanks for sharing your journey. We are all thinking about you.

Jan 30, 2019 11:16 PM #24
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

It's a good strategy even if someone isn't moving: just take one drawer, one cabinet, to clean out and get rid of stuff.

Jan 31, 2019 06:44 AM #25
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

The great thing about moving - it forces us to make these decisions. Or at least, I hope it does. I like to do this periodically's good for the soul and makes room for new energy.  D

Feb 02, 2019 08:09 AM #26
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true!  A great idea to eliminate clutter before you move.  I still remember my first move wherein the corporate packers actually packed a bag of trash!  From that moment on, I became more detailed in how I got ready for a move.  Great list!

Feb 04, 2019 01:05 PM #27
Thomas Maloney
Supercheap Storage South Brisbane - Sydney, AU

As we all know, buying a house is already complicated enough. Hence, we don't need the extra headache when we move into the new place. Moving isn't a daily task that we need to undertake regularly. However, it is a process that requires careful planning right from the start to ensure that it becomes a smooth process which lets you settle down with ease with minimal effort and costs.

Mar 07, 2019 02:33 AM #28
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