This spring many college graduates will be relocating to a new city to start their careers. Many families will also be on the move after the school year to start a new adventure.
As someone who has temporarily relocated to Prague, Hawaii, Philadelphia, Houston and Boston, I have a certain understanding of the relocation process, even though in my case it was only temporary.
Finding a place to live is crucial, especially if you have a family. If you can, visit your new city for a weekend and check out different neighborhoods.
Consider renting first before you pull the trigger on a serious financial investment of a condo or house. For example, take a short-term lease, or rent through AirBNB for a few months to seek out the right neighborhood for you and your family.
Variables you want to consider are schools, crime, location, public transportation and traffic. If you are unable to visit, hit the Internet and search neighborhoods using Google Maps.
Understand that moving is stressful, and stowing your belongings into boxes is time-consuming. One of the key things to do before you pack up your stuff is to get organized.
The biggest challenge is packing. What do you take and what do you let go? Packing is a great time to purge emotionally, and also to clear out the clutter.
Create four piles: yes, no, donate and maybe.
The Yes pile is filled with items that you can’t live without and you would grab if your house caught on fire. Those items may include important documents (birth certificate, passport) as well as photos, laptop, medications, jewelry, family heirlooms, and grandma’s china.
The No pile is old files and paperwork, and clothing that you’d use as dust rags or to wax your car.
The Maybe pile is stuff that you could live without. If it fell off the moving truck, you would not be devastated.
The Donate pile should be loaded with items that you have not worn or used in more than two years. This doesn’t necessarily include your wedding dress, unless you want to donate it.
There are several charities which will sell your wedding dress for charity, or reuse your dress for a bride.