Moving to a new home can be incredibly exciting, but it is also incredibly stressful. Packing takes a lot of time and effort, and you have to worry about ensuring fragile or valuable items are properly handled. Then, there are budgetary concerns to think about, as well as logistical issues related to your living circumstances while you’re moving between homes. And while moving is never going to be a completely stress-free event, there are a lot of little things you can do to make your move easier, less stressful, and more organized. Here are a few simple hacks that will help.
Start Planning Early
Don’t wait until a week before your move to start planning and packing. At least a month beforehand, you should start accumulating moving supplies and packing up non-essential items, like holiday decorations. Spreading out the work in this way is going to make it a lot easier to get everything done on time.
Declutter before Packing
If you’ve lived in your current home for a while, odds are you’ve accumulated quite a lot of stuff. It’s always a good idea to sort through your possessions long before moving day, and get rid of the things you no longer use or need. This keeps you from wasting time packing up and moving stuff that will likely just be stored in the back of a closet or in the garage.
Ask the Grocery Store
Moving will always come with expenses—whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional moving company. However, you can cut back on those costs by asking for extra boxes at your local grocery store. These places often have sturdy cardboard boxes that they’ll be tossing out after unpacking the produce or other food items. All you have to do is ask, and they’re usually happy to give you those boxes for free.
Use Colored Stickers
Use color-coding stickers to mark what room each box belongs in. You can get these at any store that sells office supplies, and they’re incredibly cheap. Assign a color to each room, then put a coordinating sticker on the appropriate boxes. When you’re unloading at your new home, put a paper on each room’s door to indicate the correct color for that room. Your movers will easily be able to get boxes into the right rooms without having to read the writing on boxes and ask you where things belong.
Don’t Empty Your Drawers
Odds are, your first instinct when packing up your bedroom will be to take all your clothes out of your dresser and pack them into boxes. But your drawers are perfectly functional, very sturdy boxes themselves, so why leave them empty? Instead, leave your clothes in the drawers.
If the dresser is not too heavy with all your clothes in it, you can wrap the dresser in plastic wrap to keep the drawers from falling out. If the dresser is too heavy to handle while fully loaded, remove the drawers and wrap those in plastic wrap individually to keep items from falling out.
Use Your Towels and Linens
You might have to buy bubble wrap and other packing materials to protect fragile items while moving. But first, make use of the soft, protective materials you have. Use towels, rags, sheets, pillowcases, etc., to wrap up fragile items. You can even use some clothing if you like; socks make great wrappings for small glasses, perfume bottles, and other small breakables.
Make Plans for Kids and Pets
If you have pets, or your kids are too small to be of any help on moving day, make sure you make arrangements for them while the house is being packed up. Your front door will be left open for extended periods of time, and the last thing you want is for a beloved pet or small child to wander out the door without anyone noticing. Additionally, not having to worry about your young children or pets will enable you to focus more on getting everything loaded into the moving truck, and will help to reduce your stress.
So, see if your kids can play at a friend’s house during the day, or drop them off with a family member. Ask a neighbor or friend if they can take your dog or cat for the day. This will make your moving day go a lot more smoothly.
If Using a Mover, Find One Early
Handling your own move is obviously a lot more stressful than using a professional mover—especially if you’re doing a long-distance or cross-country move. So, if using a mover, be sure to do your research and find one early. Get quotes from at least three moving companies, and be sure you fully understand what each quote includes.
For a quote on your upcoming move, contact Quality Moving Experts today.