Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these seven tips to make the most of the process and survive your move:
1. Pack the essentials.
Consider moving an opportunity to clean house and start fresh. If you haven’t used an appliance or worn something in the past 4-6 months, it’s not worth packing. Only packing what have become your essentials will save you time packing and unpacking (not to mention the space you’ll save), which allows you to enjoy your new home sooner.
2. Pack early.
Tempting as it might be, don’t wait until the last minute to pack your house. Packing early allows you to be less stressed as your moving date approaches. It will also give you more free time on moving day to oversee the move and make sure all your belongings make it to their final destination.
3. Label your boxes.
Want to make your move-in process easier and more efficient? Labeling boxes with the rooms and/or categories where they belong will shorten your unpacking time. Consider color-coding your boxes with different colors of duct tape, stickers or marker to indicate the rooms where boxes go. Numbering boxes is another useful technique to get boxes quickly organized into the right rooms. For the particularly organized, you can create a Google Spreadsheet to list which box each item is packed in so you can easily locate your belongings once you get to your new home.
4. Change your Address.
It may seem like common sense for utilities and your cable bill, but your address matters for more than monthly bills. Be sure to update your address with your credit card companies, bank accounts, magazine subscriptions, and shopping accounts, like Amazon or Blue Apron. To make sure you haven’t missed anything, set up mail forwarding through USPS (it’s simple and costs $1) from your old address to the new one.
5. Pack an overnight bag.
You probably won’t unpack all of your things the first night. Have a bag packed with your overnight essentials separate from your things to move. It will save valuable time finding the things you need right away – and make your first night feel more like home.
6. Take pictures of your electronics.
Before you unplug that wire configuration behind the TV, take a picture of your electronic connections to make the setup process much easier and efficient. With the pictures, you will know exactly where each cord goes, and you’ll get your electronics up and running fast.
Moving is the perfect opportunity to collect all of the things you don’t need and donate them to someone who does. Items like clothing, decor, books, toys, furniture, appliances and tools that haven’t been touched for the past 4-6 months should make their ways to the donation bin. Have oversized items, like furniture, that you don’t want to move? Plan ahead. Many donation centers, like Salvation Army, will pick-up large furniture, if you make an appointment.
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