Moving can be very chaotic and stressful. The mere thought of having to pack up your entire life into boxes, is enough to induce anxiety. It doesn’t have to be that way! There are plenty of things you can do to make the moving process run much smoother, saving you time and your sanity.
As soon as you make the decision to move, this is the time to start packing. Most of your belongings can be put into boxes right away, including out-of-season clothing, décor items, extra bedding, and dishes. Have a look in your storage areas and pack up those items. Chances are, you will not be needing these items between now and when you move.
Start in rooms used the least!
As you’re packing up the extras and items you don’t need, your basement and attic (or garage) are great places to pack up first. These areas tend to be used for storage, and usually contain items you don’t need on a regular basis. As you pack things up in these rooms, you’ll have space to store these boxes, and others, as you go along, away from the high-traffic areas in your home.
Declutter! Declutter! Declutter!
You will feel the urge to start tossing everything you own into boxes, just so you can get the packing over with. However, you can reduce the amount of work you’ll have unpacking at your new home, by selling, donating or throwing out things you no longer want or need, rather than packing them and taking them with you.
Save money on packing materials!
Tape, boxes, markers, and bubble wrap are necessities when it comes to packing up your home, however, it doesn’t have to break the bank! Many of your local businesses have boxes to give away, you just have to ask! Of course, you can always purchase boxes if need be, but if you have the time, it’s worth visiting the grocery store! In lieu of bubble wrap, use items you have on hand for your breakables. Those extra bed sheets and towels? They’re fantastic for wrapping up your décor items, dishes and more. Same with the weekly newspaper; instead of tossing it into the recycle bin, save it to wrap smaller breakables.
Don’t forget to clearly label your boxes!
If you’re able to, pack one room at a time, putting related items into each box (CDs, DVDs, bath and body products, etc…) Clearly label each box with the room it belongs to (Living Room, Kitchen, Bathroom) and add a short list of the items inside. Doing this alleviates much confusion when you get to your new home. With everything clearly labeled, you’ll know exactly what room each box goes to, making for easy unpacking.
Pack your essentials last!
The items you use all the time, food stuffs for quick snacks and meals, anything you use daily. Packing these items last means they will be the last to get loaded onto the moving truck, and the first to be off-loaded at your new home. Clearly mark these boxes as “essentials” and add a star or large sticker, in case there’s a mix up when unloading the truck. As an added tip, pack an overnight bag for yourself and your family, including a change of clothes, toiletries and toilet paper, and keep it in your car, so that its easily accessible when you need it.
Label the rooms in your new home!
To help yourself, and those assisting you with the move, label everyone’s room! Adding signs to each door and doorway will help you remember who picked what room, where your new home office is, and will stop the “where does this box go” question, every time a box is brought into the house. Making sure all of your boxes are clearly labeled, will make the unloading process run smoothly.
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