Moving can be super stressful.
There’s so much to do outside of just packing your things…and packing is SO overwhelming! Where did you get so much stuff? Will it all fit in your new place? How will you get it all into these boxes?!
Luckily, there are ways to lighten the load and allow you to breathe a little easier in the midst of the madness. Here are five key moving hacks that everyone should know!
1. Plan Ahead
Again, there is A LOT to do when making a move. By planning ahead, you can save yourself time and anxiety by being ahead of the game! Some great places to start:
Start Packing Early
By starting with packing things that you don’t use regularly, like decor or extra dishes and clothes, you can set yourself up for success when the unexpected happens and you get put on a time crunch to complete your move! Depending on how soon you know you will be moving, you could start weeks or even months in advance; having a spare room or a storage unit to store things makes this so easy!
Make Utility Arrangements
Most utility companies should have a way to schedule ahead of your end service date for your current location and the start of your service at your new home. By making these arrangements early, it takes a huge weight off your shoulders knowing that your utility services like water, sewer, electricity, and gas will be uninterrupted and have already been taken care of so that you can focus on your daily life and packing.
2. Make Some Decisions
One thing that you can do to take some of the strain off your packing is through making some (maybe difficult) decisions. What really needs to make the move? Here are three basic questions to ask as you pack:
- What do you want to keep?
- What do you need to keep?
- What is just taking up space and needs to be donated, recycled, or thrown away?
A recent popular lifestyle change that has proven for tidying as you go can be found in the KonMari Method. Does it spark joy? No? Out it goes!
3. Stay Organized
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it is so easy to get jumbled in the mayhem that ensues when trying to pack and move on time! Some quality organization tips to keep in mind when you move:
- LABELS. On everything! The last thing you want is a random cord that you have to search to find the device it belongs to! Also, while mystery boxes may be fun, no one likes them while moving.
- Instead of using cardboard boxes, consider plastic bins. The handles make them easier to carry, they’re sturdier, and you can get clear ones to see exactly what is inside them!
- Pack by room, location, and item type! By clearing one shelf at a time, it will make it easier to put everything back together in your new home.
4. Call A Professional Mover
Trying to move everything on your own can make the stress even worse. By hiring a professional moving company, you can save yourself time, anxiety, and potential injury carrying things you shouldn’t be!
Our residential moving services include packing and unpacking for you, loading a moving truck you’ve rented, using one of our own trucks and transporting your things for you, or a combination! You have your own day to day schedule to see to; by getting help to take the weight of packing and moving off your shoulders, you don’t need to interrupt your busy schedule!
5. Reward Yourself
Finally, take a break! Too much stress isn’t healthy. By making time to decompress, you will find the whole process gets that much easier. Yes, moving takes a lot of work…but you should still enjoy the excitement that comes with it!