Packing up your life and shifting into a new home can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Whether you’re just moving into a different neighborhood, or whether you’re moving to a completely different state, here are some tips to help make it as smooth and painless as possible.
Devise a Strategy …Early: The earlier you start, the less overwhelming it becomes. Space out tasks over a period of days, breaking the chore into smaller manageable pieces, and make sure to leave yourself plenty of time for relaxation in between. Get the kids (if they’re old enough) and friends to help you out too.
Stay Organized: Make sure you have lots of boxes and masking tape, as well as bubble wrap for fragile items. Document valuables and keep track of expenses, and keep a to-do list of everything that needs to be packed. Instead of throwing things into boxes by whatever fits, compartmentalize them by room so that the unpacking won’t be a hassle. And make sure to label boxes clearly. Trust us. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.
Know What’s Trash: Face it, there are things your new home could do without. Don’t be a packrat. If that clunky old lamp doesn’t work, then now is the perfect time to get rid of it. Sell or donate anything you don’t want or need. Moving should be a fresh start, an opportunity to reinvigorate your home and life.
Hiring Movers: Depending on your budget and the distance of the move, you may want to hire professional movers. It’s important to figure out what level of help you want: if you want full-service assistance or if you’re able to do the packing and/or driving on your own. If you decide to hire movers to help you pack, remember to supervise.
Stay Positive: Packing up your life and moving to a new environment is stressful enough as it is. Rejoice in all the good memories you’ve made in your old home with family, and take time out to bid the neighbors goodbye. Moving can be physically and emotionally exhausting, so it’s important to keep a positive mindset and smile.