Moving to another country can be stressfull, but it can also be exciting. There are a few steps you can follow in order to be ready for the big move and not freak out two minutes before the plane departs because you forgot your phone charger on the counter in the kitchen.
1: Stop procrastinating and start doing
I am a big, what am I saying, a huge procrastinator and to me, the best thing is not to think about all the tasks I still have to complete, but simply get up and start from somewhere. I know that as soon as I start going through my closet, deciding what I am going to take and what I am going to leave, I will want to keep going and I will achieve more than I was expecting to. The key is: start from somewhere and keep going.
2: Make a list
It’s always a good idea, a few weeks before you start packing, to make a list of all the things you need to do. I suggest writing all your task on paper, mental lists never work..
3: Clear the clutter
Moving to another country means that you have to make a choice and decide what you will be taking with you and what you will be leaving out of your new life. Decluttering your closet of clothes you never wear, clearing out drawers and your desk is a good exercise not only for freeing the space around you, but also to clear your interior self. I always feel so much lighter when I go through those decluttering moments. It’s a welcomed physical detox.
4: Start Packing your suitcases:
This is probably the step that breaks me into the realization that I am actually moving. When I start packing there’s always a mix of feelings going on inside of me. Do you feel the same way? Excitement, fear of the unknown, happiness, sadness all these emotions share the same space in my mind. I usually pack books first, then clothes (the best way is to roll them so they don’t get wrinkled and take up less space) and your shoes. The valuable items I suggest packing in your carry-on, you don’t want your suitcase to get lost with your jewellery in it! When you think that most of the things you want to take with you have been put away in your suitcases, stop the work and go do something else. While you’re not thinking about it, you might remember that you didn’t pack something important.
5: Last check-up before leaving
This part is the the one I dread the most.. I always fear I will leave something out the morning of my departure, like my beauty case or computer charger. I keep checking the suitcases over and over until moments before getting into the car and leaving for the airport. Stop the insecurities. If you think you followed all the steps you had set yourself at the beginning you shouldn’t have forgotten anything. Give the suitcases and your bag a last look, remember to put your passport and ticket along with your phone, in your bag and you’re all set!
Have a safe trip!