Finding a new place is wonderful and exciting, but then moving day is upon you and things start to get quite stressful. However, have no fear! We’re here to save the day with tips that will make moving so much easier.
1. Get organized early:
I know. We procrastinate. However leaving anything until last minute will cause chaos. You will have weeks before to start the process of packing and you should start as early as possible. A fun way to get everything done is to create a to do list with alerts for everyday before moving day. Being able to check things off a list is satisfying and will help motivate and remind you of what you need to do.
2. Be flexible:
Moving will take a lot longer than you think. You don’t want to make obligations that day that you won’t be able to meet. This will only add to your stress, so moving should be the only thing on your schedule for that day.
3. Figure out your moving method:
If you are moving a short distance away, you may want to rent a truck or ask friends to help you move. However, if you have a large family or are moving a far distance, you may want to hire a moving company. Moreover, it may pay off to hire movers since they usually come with insurance. Therefore, if fragile valuables are broken, they have to compensate you, as opposed to the awkward situation if a friend breaks anything of value.
4. Communication with your movers is key:
Whether you hired a company or you have friends helping you out, let them know what is being moved. Explain the details so that they know what to expect and what equipment might be needed on moving day. Also, some movers may charge extra for moving certain items so be sure to ask if any of your items will attract an additional cost.
5. Have everything ready before whoever is helping you move arrives:
You don’t want to be the person that has everyone waiting around as you finish packing. Additionally, professional movers may charge you for the extra time that you have them waiting, so ensure that you’re ready and waiting.
6. Pack an essentials bag:
When you finally get to your new place, you’re going to be too exhausted to scramble through all of your things to find what you need. So, packing all your essentials, including a change of clothes for a few days and toiletries, will make for easy access and less of a headache.
7. Label what’s in the boxes and where they’re going:
In addition to labeling what you’re placing in the box, label the room it’s going to. Unpacking by room is a lot more manageable. Also, label the sides of the boxes and not the tops. This way, you can identify them even when they’re stacked. An alternative method is labeling each side of each box with a number (or you could even colour-code them to the room they belong in). Write each number in a notebook along with a brief description of what’s in the box and where it goes. This way you can check through your list and if a box is missing, you’ll know.
8. Pack things that you will need first in a clear bin:
Pack things such as eating utensils, some cookware, toilet paper, trash bags, a box cutter and phone chargers, in a clear bin so that they are easily spotted when you move in. These are things that you will need immediately and this way they are separated from the numerous cardboard boxes.
9. Stuff fabric items into the crevices of your box:
Use pillowcases, clean socks (keep them together!) and clothing as extra padding for the fragile items being packed. This way you are also packing fabric and fragile items all in one!
10. Seize the opportunity to purge:
This is a great chance to get rid of everything that you’ve been hoarding. Pack items that you know you will definitely need, but if you have a box of magazines left untouched for years, throw them out. You don’t want to be moving unnecessary clutter into your new home. If you have things that are in good shape but you don’t need or use them anymore, give them away. Have clothes that don’t fit or just don’t fit your style anymore? Give them to a church or charity. Have books that you’ve read already and don’t really want anymore? Give them to a used bookstore or a library. There are so many people that can benefit from them. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
11. Separate items of important value:
If you are hiring movers to help you, ensure that you pack and move special items yourself. They won’t handle these things with as much care as you will. These include important papers such as birth certificates and passports.
12. Have all your equipment ready:
Moving requires boxes, tape, scissors, markers, and the works. Make sure you have enough of these while packing. If you don’t have enough, you’ll stop what you’re doing and you’ll have to restock. This wastes a lot of time and can be frustrating.
13. Avoid using trash bags:
On moving day there will be a lot of boxes and bags that need to be thrown out. You don’t want anyone to accidentally throw away your belongings, thinking that it’s trash.
14. Protect your toiletries:
Having a bottle of shampoo exploding in your things will be disastrous. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap and then place the tops back on. This will prevent them from breaking and leaking everywhere during the move. Additionally, you can place a cotton pad or ball in your powder cosmetics to prevent them from breaking.
15. Keep things together:
If you had to take apart a table or a mounted flat-screen TV, place the small parts into sandwich bags and tape them to the back of the item they correspond to. You can also do this for cords for your electronics.
16. Take photos of your connected electronics:
It will be a hassle to figure out where the wires of your electronics go. Taking a picture of them will make it a whole lot easier when it is time for you to reassemble them.
17. Make a note of what’s in your fridge:
The more food you use before moving out means the less you will have to throw out. It might be a good idea to make your last grocery trip two weeks before you move out. Keep this list to a minimum and only buy the essentials. This way you can avoid as much wastage as possible.
18. Have someone watch over the children and the pets:
Moving day is chaotic enough. You don’t want to have to be worrying out where your children or pets are as well. Hire someone to watch them or ask a friend to do it. This will ease a lot of stress on this day.
19. Pack snacks and drinks:
Moving day is exhausting both physically and mentally. Ensure that you stay hydrated and take breaks to eat a snack so that you have the energy to keep working.
20. Make it fun:
Play music as you pack and invite friends over and make a day of it. It would be great to spend a day reminiscing with your friends of the memories you had in your old home. Your attitude will play a huge role in whether or not your move is stress-free, so stay positive!