I have moved a lot in my life. Apparently, I still don't know what I'm doing.
Yesterday, I moved from Boerum Hill to Brooklyn Heights, a neighborhood I have always deeply loved. But that's not the point.
The book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" has been all the rage for awhile now. You are supposed to hold every item you own and see if it "sparks joy." If it doesn't, you toss it.
Well, as my friend Dayna, an amazing professional organizer, said "You need certain things that won't spark joy, like toilet paper." Exactly.
And sometimes you can't afford to throw out everything you own if it doesn't spark joy (hello, ten-year-old Target nightstands). You slowly replace those things.
But the beautiful organic cotton linens I bought at a market in Paris on my honeymoon? Tossed. The relationship is over and every time I looked at them, I thought "Oh, I bought those in Paris with him." I didn't have a negative reaction - but do I need to think that every time I see them? No. On to Goodwill.
Let's talk about memory boxes. I am a big believer in throwing out REALLY bad photos of yourself. Of course, you need a few photos of the bad haircut from ninth grade or the ridiculous clothing you wore. But in a digital world, would you keep bad photos of yourself? Of course not. Gone.
I am planning on digitizing all of the old photos I am keeping - I have a million from high school and college. But I don't need hard copies - I will never frame them or blow them up poster-size. Of course, I will keep copies of really special photos. But the rest - tossing.
Just THROW STUFF OUT. Donate it (like my 150+ DVDs), recycle, or toss it.
On the day of your move:
- Always have a roll of paper towels and a bottle of multi-purpose cleaner. Do you know how much dust gathers in a year, let alone three or more years, even if you have a housecleaner? It's disgusting. You are going to want to spray down your bookshelves and furniture.
- Go through your place and collect all remotes, chargers, computers, phones, and cords. Put them in ONE bag. I am currently missing my laptop charger and my Apple TV remote. #dumb
- I thought I was smart and I'd have one suitcase of clothes packed and one bag of really important/valuable items, like my passport. But then I kept tossing important items into separate bags because so much seemed "important." This turned into, like, ten "important" bags and zero clue as to what is in each bag.
- Order pizza on your first night, obviously! Thanks, Front Street Pizza in Brooklyn, for an amazing first-night pie.