Moving is all about change; it’s an exciting time and it can be stressful if you’re not prepared for everything involved. Here’s some tips to help you with your move and to keep your stress level under control.
- The first thing that you’re going to want to do, and this will make everything much easier, is to get rid of everything that you don’t need. If you haven’t touched it in a year–throw it out–you don’t need it. Unless of course it’s your grandmother’s ashes or something like that. So go through your ‘junk drawers’ and clean out your closet. Donate, sell or if need be, throw out anything that you’re not using. Getting rid of your extra stuff and clutter will make you feel better and help keep your new place clean and put a few extra dollars in your pocket.
- In the weeks leading up to the move, stop grocery shopping. Eat as much of the food in your fridge, freezer and pantry as you can.
- You’re going to need more boxed than you need. You can get them for free quite often from different businesses, such as grocery stores and retail stores. Or if need be, you can just buy them. You’re also going to need lots of tape, permanent markers, bubble wrap, newspapers, and scissors.
- When packing your items, pack everything that goes into one room into one box, or a group of boxes. Don’t mix the kitchen with the office items.
- Label all sides and top of boxes so that you know what is inside them and which room they go into.
- When packing, also make a box of essential items such as toiletries, sheets, towels, pillows, and if you’re a coffee or tea drinker, your pot/kettle and tea or coffee.
- Pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger ones, with the heaviest items on the bottom and lighter or more fragile items on top. Think of it much like bagging groceries.
- Remember not to pack up your toolbox until the very end of the move. It should be the last item out of your house and the first item into your new place. You will need the tools to disassemble and reassemble everything.
- Before leaving after everything is packed, be sure to do one last walk through and make sure that you have everything you need packed.
- Have arrangements for your first night’s meal at the new house.
- Be sure to call ahead and make sure that all the utilities are hooked-up at the new place so that everything is working when you arrive.
By following these simple steps your move will be much more organized and as easy as possible. Be sure to ask your friends for help when moving and to thank them for their effort somehow. And if they have any advice for you on moving, listen to what they have to say.