Making transitions in life can be hard and tedious. Moving your home from one place to the next takes a lot of discipline and organization to pack and move with ease. Looking at your home and trying to imagine everything in boxes may be very overwhelming. However, if you follow these small steps to take when moving, you can take a deep breath and handle it well.
Steps to Take When Moving - Keeping Your Move Organized
Prepare and Organize Early
You should start preparing for your move about two months in advance if possible. Eight weeks before you need to move gives you enough time to separate everything, make checklists and pack the things that won’t be necessary to you until you get to the new house. By making a list and categorizing your things, you can easily see what size boxes you’ll need, and other materials necessary to transport your things. Larger furniture or mattresses may need straps to strap them down to your transport vehicle, and glassware will need some kind of padding or wrapping for safety. These are just some examples of small details you don’t want to worry about later.
While you're taking inventory of your belongings, take note or place stickers on anything that you can let go of. The more you sell or donate, the less you have to pack and transport from old home to new.
If you plan on hiring movers, this is the time to book them. Let’s face it, movers have limited availability because everyone wants help with the big stuff. Booking a month or two ahead will ensure that you get movers when you need it. If you are moving in the summer, moving costs are at its peak and can be avoided if you book early enough.
One Month Before, Get Packing
Now that you have gotten rid of belongings and organized the remainder, it’s time to get it into boxes! As mentioned previously, pack anything that you know you won’t need or use while it’s packed: seasonal clothing and shoes, books, even silverware and dishes if you don’t mind going to disposable products while all the packing is getting done.
You should clean as you pack. Saving all of your detailed cleaning for the very end can be overwhelming and sometimes feel impossible to manage. Instead, clean as you get things into boxes. Once you empty a cupboard, wipe down the inside and the doors. When you’ve cleared the whole kitchen, wipe the counters, appliances and floors. Clean one room at a time as soon as it gets emptied and packed away. You may also want to clean the inside of your new home before moving into it as well.
Pack your day of bag during this time! Consolidate all of your necessities for your daily routine in a bag or purse while everything else is in boxes. This bag should contain anything you need for moving day(s) to avoid looking through boxes to get things like toiletries, water, chargers for phone or laptop, snacks, a change of clothes and anything else you think is a necessity.
Two Weeks Prior - Final Details
Last but probably most important is to change your address with documents and utilities to the new home’s address. Make sure all of your accounts that contain the old address on file like the bank, subscriptions and car or home insurance are all updated as well.
Clarify with your moving service about your reservation for movers and make a moving day schedule. Plan everything from when to hit the road to what you’re going to eat through the day (or days if you’re moving states and driving).
Although an overwhelming task, moving doesn’t have to be so difficult. As long as you have enough time to prepare, clean as you go and follow more of these steps to take when moving, moving day can be as stress free as you’d like. Don’t forget to have a day-of bag set aside during the move, so you don’t have to dig through boxes to find necessities.