We would like to introduce you to one of our guest contributors, Amy Woidtke (woid-key).

Amy is THE greater Seattle professional organizer turning couple’s stressful home transitions into peaceful, new beginnings. With over 15 years of experience, she guides clients through home organizing, remodel, and relocation so they can experience more time, energy, and a renewed sense of home.

Hey – you’re doing it!  You’re bought a house and it’s time to do all things move-related.  Oye vey, that can be overwhelming!  Did you know moving is considered one of the Top 5 Life Stressors?  And guess what?!   It doesn’t have to be that way.  Here are 3 tips to get you turning that Top 5 Stressor into a Top 5 Blessing!


1. Start Here…

Before you even begin to prep for moving, it’s important to know where you’re going, or to begin with the end in mind.  You wouldn’t build a house without design plans, right?  Well, treat your move the same way.  Get your New Home Vision:

  • Imagine you are giving friends a tour of your new home after you’re settled in and everything is perfectly in its place.
  • Engage all your senses. What does it look like?  Does it have a scent or sound in the background?  What textures are there?  How does it feel to you in your heart?
  • Write it down.  Download my printable New Home Vision page here.

Beginning with the end in mind sets the tone and is your guiding light for your entire move process.  When you know what you are going for, it’s easier to clear out everything that doesn’t fit your new picture!


2. Delegate:  A-Z or LMNOP!

Time is a precious commodity.  Doing all things moving can be time-consuming, stress-inducing and sanity-stealing!  What will you have to miss doing?  Who will you have to miss spending time with to handle this move?  How will missing work affect your bottom line?

Did you know you can delegate your move project to a professional?  Whether you need A – Z or LMNOP, they handle more than just the obvious things like packing, moving and cleaning.  We are called Professional Organizers or Move Managers.

So, do yourself a favor this next time…Delegate!  Delegate as much as your budget will allow:  Scheduling services, packing, moving, selling, hauling, donating, cleaning, space energy clearing, unpacking, putting things in their place, etc.

Need trusted resources?  Ask your professional organizer, move manager or realtor for recommendations.


3. Downsize, Declutter and Donate

When was the last time you looked through those boxes you’ve been moving around with you since college?  What’s all that stuff in the back of your closet that hasn’t seen the light of day in 10 years?  What about the collection of crafting supplies you bought with all good intentions of doing projects and 2 years later, you still haven’t?

For the love of God(dess), please do yourself this GIANT service and refrain from toting those boxes and random piles of stuff to yet another home.  No shame here – this is a Shame-free Zone.  Just do it.  Face the Sorten!  (insert bad joke laughter)

4. Ask yourself:

  • Do I love it?
  • Do I need it?
  • Do I use it?

Not only does it cost you time, energy, and money to move stuff you don’t love, need or use…it clogs up your energy and spaces, preventing the free flow of all things great as you embark on your new home adventure!


And, as you embark on your next adventure, your donated items can support folx on their next adventure too like transitioning from homelessness or getting a new job!


Thank you, Amy, for your insightful and entertaining insights.


If you would like Amy and her team to provide their services on a more personal level, please contact Amy via her website.