. Setting Up Shop After the Move
When you move, sometime you don’t completely, completely move. You just get most of your stuff into the new place and somewhere in the unpacking process, you stop moving. Some boxes get left in the garage still stacked and neglected, or they might even get into your basement or closets, but they are still unpacked and their contents unused.
One woman asked me the other day if she should just take her unpacked, still-stored-in-the-garage moving boxes right to the thrift store because she hasn’t looked at them for five years and hasn’t needed any items out of them. Yes, yes, yes. If you haven’t finished unpacking and haven’t used the items (and they aren’t sentimental, valuable, or worthy for family history needs) out they go.
Other times, the unpacking gets all done, but the moving boxes are left around, sometimes stuffed with crumpled newspaper, peanuts, or cardboard dividers. While they are useful and might even be needed sooner than later, let’s get the packing peanuts and paper into a large garbage bag, the boxes flattened, the all these items “deep” stored. You don’t need to feel like you are going to move again soon every time you enter the basement or garage just because you never finished moving in this last time.
So let’s get done with the “finishing” of your last move, whether it was six months, six weeks, or six days ago. With all the diligence you can muster, put off starting “life” again until you have finished moving. Yes, don’t start any new projects until you have “set up shop” and are done with this last move. If that means taking unopened boxes to the thrift store, so be it. Yes, you might want to open each of them to make sure that personal, embarrassing or useless items won’t be donated, but no cheating. If you don’t need it, you don’t it need. Anonymously share it again with someone. You will never know where it goes, you will never see its use again, but neither will you be burdened with unfinished packing.
In the same way, if that means an afternoon in the garage slitting the tape of those “great” moving boxes and flattening them, let’s get to it. Throw out the non-useful, bent or weak boxes. Get rid of the packing material that has shed or disintegrated past usefulness. Finish, finish, finish.
Sometimes, I believe we don’t finish the move because we get distracted as those around us want to take up regular life again before we finished right, right after the move. More often, we have become ill from the stress and cultural shock and by the time we are back on our feet, we are behind without much chance to catch up, let alone finish the move. But now it is time to complete this important project and “set up shop”. Everything will be different and better when you have settled in. If you don’t like this place, wished you hadn’t move here in the first place, and even are waiting for a chance to be gone, keeping the move half done won’t help things a bit. Its like people who keep their skinny clothes in a hope of losing weight. It just doesn’t work. Neither does “half” moving. You will be happier and things will work better longer if you are “done”.
So my challenge to you is to look around your house. Rarely have I coached at a home that doesn’t have a box here or there unopened and unused from the last move. Find it (or them), search and decide, and be done. It is nice to finally be “home” and settled down!
Find more helpful ideas in my House of Order Handbook.
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