Preparing to make a move could have you feeling stressed out. In fact, many adults agree that moving is one of the most stressful things they have had to endure throughout their lives. While there is a lot that goes into the process of moving your household or business that will require a lot of effort on your behalf, we’ve prepared some moving tips that can make your next move without feeling so worn out, exhausted, frustrated, and stressed.
To help you avoid the moving blues, we’ve put together a collection of 7 moving tips that can help make your move go smoothly and be as stress-free as possible.
1. Get an Early Start To Your Move
It takes time to move. You have likely gathered quite a lot of stuff over the years and you are going to need to pack all that stuff into boxes. It may not seem like it is going to take up much of your time, but once you start going through belongings in each room, you will see how quickly time can pass when you are trying to figure out what you want to get rid of and what you want to bring with you to your new home. Because it is tiring and time-consuming, get an early start by going through what you want and packing boxes in different rooms weeks in advance.
Some moving companies offer a packing service – check into local moving companies to see if you can get some help on this.
Hint: this is one of the most valuable moving tips we can offer!
2. Wait to Buy Items Until You Move
Now that you are moving to a new home, you may be interested in purchasing new furniture, such as a new couch, coffee table, dining room table, and more. Rather than buying those items now, loading them on the moving truck, and transporting them to your new home, wait to purchase those items until you finally make your move. It is much easier to have the furniture delivered to your new place than to purchase it, have it delivered to your old place, and then pack it again on a moving truck a few weeks later. Simply save yourself more time and energy.
3. Stay Organized
It helps to stay organized when you are moving to a new place because you want to be able to reduce the workload and eliminate the stress. For example, if you have different documents and personal information that you need to bring with you, place them somewhere secure and then label the container or box so that you know where those important documents are located. You may want to keep that information with you – move it in your car or truck yourself.
Keep labels on all the boxes you have so that you are well aware of what is inside of each of those boxes. If you know where everything is at, you will have less work to do when it is time for you to unpack your belongings.
4. Create Your Own Checklist
Always make sure to create your own checklist. Successful people always make lists and you should too.
If you have the checklist in front of your face, you can start crossing things off the list as you make your way through it. If you are not sure what to add to the list, you can always go online and print out a moving checklist so that it is that much easier for you to remember all the different things you will need to do to make this move with ease.
In addition to using a helpful checklist, you may want to use a moving organizer, too. The organizer should contain all the important documents you do not want to lose when traveling from one home to the next, such as details on your mortgage, a leasing agreement if you are renting, and anything else that is of importance to you.
5. Put Personal Necessities in Special Boxes
The last thing you want to do is get to your new home and have trouble finding the stuff you want or need in that moment, such as your shower gel, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, bras, underwear, and other items that are considered necessities. If you want to avoid having this problem, each person living in the household should grab their own box and load it up with all the items that are important to them, including their toothbrushes, facial cleansers, eyeglasses, and anything else they would need to use. Some people like to place these items in suitcases so that it is easier for them to get to what they need when they arrive at the new place.
It is just as important to have special boxes for other items that are important in each room. For example, you may want to have utensils in a special box because you do not want to go days without using utensils simply because you cannot find them in all the different boxes that are scattered throughout your home. You may want to have a box for towels to use when taking a shower and a box that contains dish soap and a sponge to use when washing dishes after making meals.
6. Get Rid of What You Do Not Need
Why cause a clutter in your new home? If you have items in your home that have gone unused for months or even years at a time, now is the time to part with those items. Consider planning a garage sale where you can sell a lot of the items you are not using to make a bit of extra cash. The extra cash you make could help cover some of the moving costs, which can always come in handy.
Aside from selling items you are no longer using, you may want to donate items and even throw some items out if they are broken. There is no use in taking stuff to your new home that is going to waste space and go unused for several more months or years.
7. Be Prepared to Pay For Help
A professional moving company can be your greatest asset when you’re moving. Professional movers can be worth their weight in gold as their moving experience can slash the time it takes to move you by a lot, in turn reducing stress and anxiety. Make sure you do a little research into your local moving company’s reviews, etc. to make sure you are getting a mover who will get the job done.
Moving is stressful and it is not an easy thing to do but there are ways to get through it with the least amount of stress possible. By following these helpful moving tips, you may be prepared to get an early start so that you can get more done ahead of time.