Finally moving into your dream home? Imagining yourself living it up in your new place is one thing, but truly getting yourself there is another. Moving is a ton of work. It can be stressful. And messy.
Here are some tips to ease the burden of relocating:
Preparation is Key
Moving at the last minute can result in undue stress and lost or broken items. It is vital that you begin preparing for your move at least one week before the move-in date.
- Start by decluttering and purging your current home of any items that you no longer need or use. You don’t need to drag these items along with you to your new home.
- Start collecting boxes as early as possible. To be safe, collect more than you think you’ll need. You don’t want to have to run out to the store in the middle of moving.
- Double-check that you have all the items you need to start packing—packaging tape, labels, markers—and set up an easy-to-reach station with those items so you don’t lose anything in the process.
Get Organized and Stay Organized
The surest way to keep track of your things while moving is to stay organized. This goes hand-in-hand with preparation. It’s hard to stay organized at the last minute.
- Write up an inventory of all of your boxes and bags to ensure nothing gets left behind or stolen during the move.
- Consider color coding your boxes with duct tape by room and be sure to label both the top and sides to make unpacking easier.
- Fill a clear plastic box with first day essentials, like hand soap, paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies.
- Pack an overnight bag with a change of clothes and toiletries so you don’t have to search through boxes at the end of a long day of moving.
Pack like a Boss
You can pack, or you can pack efficiently. We recommend the latter.
- Don’t remove your clothes from their hangers; simply pull a large trash bag over them from the bottom up, and leave the tops of the hangers sticking out. On move-in day, hang them right up in your new closet and pull the garbage bag off.
- Use cling-wrap to secure utensils in their organizers, and Ziploc freezer bags to store other small drawer items, rather than tossing them in a box.
- Pack any laundry baskets, bins, or suitcases you have lying around to kill two birds with one stone. You’ll save on boxes and space.
- To prevent leaks from bottles of cleaning products, soap, or shampoo, unscrew the caps, place a sheet of plastic wrap over the opening, and replace the cap with the plastic wrap in place.
Don’t Forget to Eat
Pack a cooler with food for the next couple days, just in case you don’t have time to run to the grocery store right away. Be sure to include plenty of water—moving is hard work!