Moving soon? You’re likely well aware of everything you need to get done before moving day. However, with all the stress that goes into moving, you can easily be overwhelmed by the confusion and mayhem of relocating.
Your Moving Must-Do’s
Moving doesn’t have to be a chaotic and traumatizing experience. With proper planning and preparation, you can set yourself up for the perfect move. Ready for the best move of your life? Read on for 10 essentials to make your move a success.
Don’t Wait, Start Now!
The majority of moving day stress comes from running out of time to finish everything. Don’t put yourself in that position. Start as soon as possible to get everything ready for the move.
Cut Back on Your Belongings
Another way to avoid disorder as you move is to downsize your belongings. Instead of struggling to find a way to take every piece of clothing, furniture, and tech you own, bring only the essentials. Once you’ve decided what to take with you, donate or sell the rest.
Save Yourself from Confusion with Labels
Labeling your belongings is the best way to stay organized as you move. Having easy to read labels on each box and bag will make sorting through your items as simple as possible.
Pack by Going from Room to Room
It’s too easy for you to get distracted and confused if you pack up multiple rooms at once. Don’t leave a room before packing it up completely. Once you get to your new place, each room will already be properly sorted.
Nest Boxes When Moving
Place smaller boxes in larger boxes as you pack. This will help reduce the risk of smaller items being damaged or lost during the move.
Keep all Important Documents Close by
A sure way to induce moving stress? Lose your important identification and financial documents. Place all of these documents in a folder, bag, or briefcase that you carry with you at all times.
Transport Valuables Safely
Don’t just toss your valuable materials into the moving truck and hope for the best. Make a careful plan for transporting your more expensive and fragile items. Consider shipping these belongings or carrying them on your person as you travel.
Keep a Box of Essentials
This box should be clearly marked and readily available, containing the likes of soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. The essentials box will be a lifesaver when you enter your new place. Have this box close to you during the move, so you can use it as soon as you arrive.
Create a Moving Inventory
Never move without a careful list of every box and item that you are moving. This will help you make sure that nothing was lost, stolen, or damaged along the move.
Consider Bins Instead of Boxes
Plastic storage bins are an ideal item to use when packing. Instead of cardboard boxes, these bins are an efficient way to package and transport your belongings. When You make it to your new home, you can easily use these storage bins again.
The major stressors during a move can be avoided. Use these 10 tips to help you stay on top of everything as you relocate. With the right plan and careful preparation, you’ll be able to arrive at your new home with your belongings (and your sanity) intact.
About the Author:
Hayden Stewart is a contributing writer and media specialist for the Allied Van Lines Moving Blog. He regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and home blogs, based around the transitional obstacles that come with moving, settling into a new home, and more.