When it’s time to move, cut the stress and put these 10 things that make moving easier, to work for you and your family!
Moving is a stressful, and often emotional time, for many of us. There are so many things to consider, tasks to be done, and costs to manage. And even if you’re excited about what’s coming, memories may make the experience bittersweet.
But scrambling around at the last minute, trying to figure out what goes where, is a prescription for stress! So, whether you’re moving in a hurry, or have the luxury of time, use these tips to create an action plan, and get started as soon as you make the decision to move.
SUCCESSFUL SORTING & STREAMLINING
- SORT & STREAMLINE. Moving begins when you first decide to leave. If you’re selling a house, that’s when you’ll begin de-cluttering, to help it be most appealing to buyers. And this is the ideal time to take a first solid cut at clearing and sorting your possessions.
- Separate out the items you want to bring to your new home and those you don’t: keep only the things you love and use at least once a year.
- For items on the “maybe” pile, take a hard look. Do you really want to pay to move these items…? Trash, sell or donate anything you wouldn’t buy again.
- If you’re going to donate, you may be able to have the organization pick items up, rather than you driving all over. But be sure to make arrangements for donation pick-up ahead of time, especially for large things like furniture or carpets. (If you’re in Wake County, NC, here’s a list of some organizations who accept donations.)
- Pack rarely-used rooms, like guest bedrooms or even dining rooms, as early as possible. If you have a big move or are downsizing, renting a storage facility may be a big help, buying you time to make decisions once you’re settled.
- BREAK THE WORK INTO PHASES. This will help the process be both less overwhelming and less physically demanding, once your home is sold and the real packing needs to get underway.
- Tired packers are more likely to start pitching things into boxes, and that can create sheer mayhem when you’re searching for that thing you were sure was in the “open me first” box!
- Most of us can manage a few hours at a single stretch, so think in terms of 2-3 hour projects. Big jobs like clearing out (and, later, packing up), your garage, kitchen or collectibles are likely to be multi-phase projects.
BONUS TIP: Start to use up the food in your freezer and pantry!
MORE THINGS THAT MAKE MOVING EASIER
Seasoned movers know that packing is way easier than unpacking, but following these tricks will help you get settled into your new home faster and more easily.
- Take photos of things that need to be connected (home theater setups, televisions, computers, etc.).
- Designate a color code for each room in your NEW home; mark the boxes accordingly (markers or colorful duct tape will work fine). Sort and pack items according to which rooms the items will go TO in your new home, not where they are today.
- Separate items you’ll need in the first week, then the next few, then longer term. You might number them 1-2-3, so movers can group them accordingly.
- Group and pack up small items that are similar into small boxes or bags before loading them into moving boxes or suitcases. Add a label to the box to indicate where it goes — that is, into what desk, cabinet etc — and what’s inside.
- Take photos of what’s in each box as well as the box label. (Keep these on a master moving list, vs on the box itself.)
- Roll draperies to avoid creases.
- Wrap removable shelves (for bookcases, china cabinets) in newspaper, then tape together, to avoid sticky glue issues.
- As soon as you have a closing date, call your utility companies and schedule the cut off and start up dates.
Moving is one of the most stressful things that can happen in life. The key thing is just not to give up – even if you have some setbacks along the way, keep at it and eventually everything will work out. If you’re just starting your journey, we’d love to help you through all the steps in the buying and selling process; just contact us today.