Is a move in your near future? Whether you’re moving across
the street or to another country, moving can be a stressful event in anyone’s life. Luckily, a little preparation and organization can go a long way in reducing the level of stress on you and your loved ones during this time. Consider the following tips for a less stressful move.
Hire Help Early
If you are planning on hiring movers, do not delay the selection and hiring process. Movers book fast, especially during summer which is considered “Moving Season.” Begin looking for a company as soon as possible. The more lead time you give, the better selection of companies and dates you’ll have.
Only Move what you Love
Moving unwanted items is time consuming and costly. Make sure you are only moving what you love, have room for, and will fit the décor and style of your new home. Even if you are moving into more square footage, it’s important to go through the purging process beforehand to make sure you are only moving the items you will use and enjoy in your new home. The last thing you want to do is pack, move, unpack and then get rid of unwanted items. Save yourself the hassle and do the work upfront. If you are having a hard time making decisions about what you should keep and what you should let go of, refer to the March, 2015 Newsletter article Keep it, or Eliminate it? How to Make Decisions when Organizing for help.
Get a Jump Start on Packing
The thought of packing up an entire home can be overwhelming. Start early by packing items and areas that don’t get regular use. For example, the guest room, formal dining items or the attic. Removing artwork from the walls is also a great way to get a jump start on the work. Stack boxes and wrapped artwork along the wall or in a designated staging area so they are out of your way.
As you pack, think about where those items are going to live in your new home. Pack items together according to the destination, not where they currently reside. Label boxes clearly with their new location. It is also helpful to write down the contents of the box. For example, if I were packing my daily dishes, I would mark the box ‘Kitchen’ in large letters and then indicate ‘Everyday Dishes’ below. This will make the unpacking and setup of your new home go much faster because you will know exactly what is in each box. You don’t want to have to open every kitchen box to try and find the cereal bowls.
Make it Easy for the Movers
Create signs with the names of each room in your new home. Post the signs with painters tape on the door or entryway of each room. This helps ensure the movers (or friends and family you’ve enlisted as help) unload boxes in the correct room. A lot will be happening on moving day, and you won’t be able to oversee everything at once. By posting the names of the rooms, you’ll be less likely to have to move a group of boxes that ended up in the living room that were meant for the family room on a different floor.
If you will have someone help you unpack, take pictures of areas that need to be set up or organized in a special way before you pack them. This will allow others to complete the unpacking and set up job without having to ask you questions.
Keep Essentials Accessible
Make sure that everyone in the family packs an overnight bag with a change of clothes and toiletries for moving day. Put these bags in the car, not the moving truck. This way, if something happens and the truck doesn’t make it, or the schedule gets delayed, you and your family will have the bare necessities. Don’t forget to pack a bag for your pets with plenty of food, water, toys and a leash.
In addition to the overnight bags, you can label a few boxes “Open Me First” for items you know you will want right away. Consider including the coffee pot, disposable plates and silverware, hand soap, toilet paper, and cleaning products.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to an organized and successful move. Remember, you don’t have to do it all on your own. Whether you would like help with downsizing and de-cluttering, creating a move plan, packing, unpacking or organizing your new home, Eliminate Chaos is available to help with any and all aspects of your next move.
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Here’s to a happy and stress free move season!