Your house sold, now what? First, let us say CONGRATULATIONS!!! Now it’s time to get organized.
First Things First
Now that your house sold begin notifying people of your move.
Go to your local Post Office pick up a change of address kit. This will help you to inform everyone where you are headed. Don’t forget to notify banks, credit card and insurance companies, Doctor offices. All the people that you are in contact with on a regular basis.
Next step after you house sold is pack some of your belongings. When doing so, break it down by room it’s more manageable this way. The room that you use the least every day is the first place to start. In my house, it would be the dining room. Pack anything that you know you will not be used within the next three months AND when doing so envision how you want your new home to feel.
As you pack
Envisioning your next home is a way to streamline your clutter and stuff. Keep in mind the vision of your new home, do you really want to have to unpack all that clutter that you will never use at your new abode? If you’re like me I am sure I still have a box or two in the attic that was moved from the last house. Get rid of it! Sell, donate or throw it out why take the extra baggage?
As you pack each piece imagine wrapping, physically carrying to your new house, unpacking and finding a space for it. If it’s worth the effort do it, if not get rid of it, it’s time to let it go.
On a weekend or when you have some extra hands to help, tackle the Outside– all that outdoor stuff. This might be a little overwhelming. Start with the front of the house, get rid of anything that is broken or does not work. Hoses that leak, pots that are broken, toys that your kids no longer play with, furniture or tools that you haven’t used or know you will need to replace because they are in disrepair. Remember to keep in mind what your new home is going to be like…
Open me first
As you pack up each room remembered you will need essentials for the very first day once you arrive at your new home. Make an “OPEN ME FIRST” box. It’s sort of like the first gift in the house. In it include basics like toilet paper, tools (screwdriver, hammer etc), trash bags, light bulbs, shower curtain, a few towels, sheets for the beds. These few items will help the craziness of moving day go a little smoother. It will allow you to start settling into your new home and loving it right away!
Share with me any “essentials” you were happy that you needed the first day in your new house!