Most people enjoy moving to a new house but hate the actual moving process. That’s why it can be so important to make things as easy and as stress-free as possible. It’s nearly impossible not to get stressed at all, that’s normal.
The point is to lessen the natural stress of moving by taking part in some packing tips for moving. These tips can help you through the entire process. From before you even buy a house to the day that you move, and beyond.
Preparing For The Move
Preparing for the move is one of the best ways to make moving less stressful. In fact, it includes some of the best packing tips for moving overall. Planning makes everything less stressful, not just moving.
So this may just be the most crucial step. Plan what you’re going to do, when you’re going to do it, and what you need to do in order to get things moving in the right direction. Prepare for the move with these tips.
Before you even think about moving, you need to clean out your stuff. Go through each room and throw out (or donate) everything you don’t want to take with you. Do this again the week before you move.
That same week, think about what you’re getting for groceries. Make things easy on yourself, don’t good. And then the day before you move, give away everything that is unopened and throw out everything else.
Call the internet company a while before you move and have then go and install your new internet. This goes for anything like that, including cable, that you want at your new home. They will need someone there, so call a friend if you don’t have time.
Make Sure Everything Is Running
It happens a lot. You and your realtor have a misunderstanding and you’re left without running water or electricity. When a home isn’t lived in, it can get shut off, especially if it is on the market for a while. So make sure it’s all good.
You can either have someone you trust with a key check everything out once a week or go yourself the week before. It’s amazing how having everything ready can make you feel at home when you get there.
If you take your time, you can get all the packaging you need for free. Call friends who have just moved or family members who work at retail stores or restaurants. They can have you more boxes than you can use.
You can also buy bulk bubble wrap and stuff online to make things cheaper. You’ll have to order it early for the best price, so order as soon as you can and save a lot on something you’ll probably need anyway.
Making A List
This comes in two parts. The first list is a list of things you need to get done. These are bigger things like calling the internet provider and changing your address. Then the second list is the list of things to be done on moving day.
This list can include a list of tasks, like throwing the food out and even down to locking the doors. Then, it can include a second list, which is a checklist of everything you want to be moved into the moving van.
This is especially helpful if you plan on leaving furniture and other things in the home. After all, if you have a crew helping out, things can get left behind in the chaos and you may never get it back. At least not without a hassle.
Make Packing Easier
When it’s time to pack, you want to make it as easy as possible. This is true for vacationing, camping, and of course, moving to a new house. Follow these packing tips for moving to make things run smoothly.
Yes! Instead of cleaning out drawers, utilize that space by keeping the things you’re taking in the drawers. Fill in any empty space with other stuff and wrap it in plastic wrap. Stack the drawers in the van.
You can even put the drawers back in the dresser when you put them in the moving van.
Don’t Fold Clothes
Instead of folding your hang-up clothes, leave them on hangers. You can put them in trash bags with the top of the hangers sticking out the top. This will prevent wrinkles in clothes you don’t want wrinkled and will keep things tidy.
Use What You Have
Instead of struggling with boxes and bubble wrap, use what you have. Wrap breakables in sheets and towels. Put them in pots, pans, and baskets you have lying around the house. This will save money and space.
Get A Carry-On
You don’t want to dig through boxes when you want toothpaste, so get a carry-on for each person. Put everything you need for at least a day in it, even a change of clothes and a few snacks. This will make things easier.
Colored Duct Tape
Find a way to color-code everything. Use a different color of duct tape for each room or each person. Whatever system works for you. This makes things a whole lot easier on the other end and will make packing go smoothly.
Whether it be the way you have your spices organized or the way the TV is set up, take pictures of anything that isn’t obvious. Then, anyone can put it back the way it was. You can even take pictures of each box on the inside.
Get A Babysitter
Moving with younger kids or pets isn’t easy. Get a friend or family member to look after them at a different location to relieve some stress for everyone. Kids are no help and pets just get in the way.
Unpacking can be almost as stressful as packing if you don’t do it right. After all, you just want to lay down at the end of a long day of moving. Relieve some of that stress with some unpacking tips for moving.
Put Every Box In The Right Room
Don’t stack all of the boxes in the kitchen or living room when you put them in the house. Take them directly to the room they go in. If you have color-coded the boxes then you will be able to do this with ease, even with a team.
Don’t let anyone do their room first. Instead, assign every person a common area. Someone unpacks the bathroom, someone the living room, and another the kitchen. This can relieve stress from whoever feels most responsible.
Find Something To Relax
Whether it be music or some candles, find something to help you relax while still getting the work done. TVs can work as long as you don’t get distracted. Most people prefer music, just make sure you get to pick the genre.
Fold boxes as you go. Don’t let them stack up or it will feel overwhelming. Fold them up and put them outside or at least out of sight as you go. You can have one of the younger kids gather them up, as you go, in each room.
Finally, order pizza! Or something to look forward to at the end of the day, or even during a small break. Just don’t cook or stress about dinner. Call ahead of time so everyone knows what they have to look forward to.
These final tips can set your mind at ease if you take them seriously. Just don’t take yourself too seriously. Everything will be fine and in a couple of weeks, you’ll be completely moved in and can put your feet up like you’ve lived there your whole life.
Take Things Slow
It doesn’t matter how long it takes. If you start early enough, it really doesn’t matter. So take things as slowly as you want to, and then a little slower. As long as you’re not a procrastinator, then things will go smoothly this way.
If you can finish getting ready early, then take a load off the day before. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep and get to bed early. If you get done really early, you can take a whole week off before moving day.
Consider Hiring A Professional
A professional moving company can make things a whole lot easier. If you can afford it, then go for it. Get quotes from the companies themselves and ask friends which companies they recommend. Then book the job!
Moving doesn’t have to be hard. It can be a day full of memories rather than one full of stress. Make the most out of the day by enjoying as much of it as you can as a family. Do the work together and lighten the load by asking for help.
It’s amazing how much you can get done with a little planning beforehand and teamwork as you do it. So plan together, work together, and make moving day a memory. It doesn’t have to be fun, but it can be a good one.