How to Make the Big Decision to Move Country Using a Decision Weighted Matrix

Have you ever had to make a big decision and have been stuck between a rock and a hard place? Are you just relying on your gut feeling? Do you find it hard to detail why you are coming up with the decision?

Have you ever heard of a ‘Weighted Decision Matrix (WDM)’? A WDM breaks down a large decision to be made into smaller chunks of independent criteria which you specify. It really does ‘dumb’ down a big decision into smaller bits which you can assess each criteria – and then get an overall decision based on each of the smaller chunks. It really is a helpful way to make big decisions; especially when they are not clear cut.

I have used this WDM to determine whether it truly was worth moving to another country; moving to Australia from New Zealand. It was such a hard decision to make at the time that we employed this method in order to help us make the final decision. This method proved independently it was the right decision to go for.

Here is how to do it – using moving country for example for the decision to be made.

1. List every criteria you value most in life; such as –

• Family

• Climate

• Money

• Access to housing

• Access to schools

• Employment opportunities

• Cost of living

• Friends close by

• Anything else you can possibly think of which is important to you and your family.

2. Next thing to do is write a number between 1 and 5 next to each of these values you have just written. The number 1-5 corresponds to how much you value the criteria with 5 being you value it the most. Example Family – 5. You value family the most you possibly can. Money – 2. You value money only a 2 out of the scale to 5.

3. Next thing to do is list the current situation and the decision to be made. Example –

Stay in the USA / New Zealand

Move to Australia

4. Under each decision (if you stay where you are or whether you move) you need to specify of the values you have picked (Money etc) are met or not. The scale here is 0-3. IF the value you specified is completely met then you would give it a 3. Say, by moving to Australia the money value was completely satisfied, you would rate that 3. If it wasn’t then you could rate it 0 or 1 for example.)

5. Once you have rated each of your specified values/options such as money/lifestyle against each decision to be made (stay in the USA or move to Australia for example) then you multiply the value score by the criteria score.

6. Sum total each column for what you just did above and you have a winner.

7. This is a very basic example and you need to fluff out the options using many more such as access to schools, retirement etc.

4 Tips For Packing Fragile Items For Your Big Move

Moving out is such a tedious task considering the loads of things you have to pack. While some are easy to pack and be put in boxes like clothes and other nondelicate stuff, some of your essential things will need special consideration such as your fragile possessions. To help you with this endeavor, here are some quick tips which you might want to follow.

Use protective covers. Fragile items have the tendency to break easily especially if they are moving within the containers you chose to put them during the move out. Fortunately, there are various wraps you can use to add an extra layer of protection to those things you don’t want to get damaged. You can wrap them with old newspapers and other old paper materials in your household. Bubble wraps are also great for use. Cottons, rugs, and old clothes can make fillers in the boxes to assure that the fragile items won’t move, but you still have to secure your items with tape as some materials have the tendency to slip. Use as much tape as you need. Anyway, you’re doing it to secure that the items will not break, bend or get damaged.

Always prepare packing materials ahead of time. If time is your enemy during the move out, you don’t want yourself be caught in a packing dilemma such that some of your materials are missing just as when you’re boxing those things up. It is always advisable to prepare ahead of time. Make sure that you have with you the wraps, scissors, quality boxes, packing tapes, and other extras you think will be useful for your packing tasks. Rest assured great slice of your time will be saved!

Label the boxes which contain the fragile items. More than the wrapping and packing tasks, you also need to remind yourself which of the boxes actually contain the fragile items. With the help of your felt marker, write boldly, clearly and in readable size the word “Fragile”. It will be a great reminder!

Remind your movers. While the felt markers can actually speak for the fragile items telling people “Hey I am the box with the fragile items!”, you still need to tell the movers which of the boxes contain sensitive and easy-to-break items. Allowing them to know the contents can also help them be extra careful with what they will be carrying.

Whether the fragile items are expensive or just those thingamajigs with sentimental values, it is hoped that the tips above will help you carefully pack them.