Most people have conflicting emotions when it comes to moving. Whether you’re upgrading to a bigger, better home in your neighborhood or you’re moving to an entirely new city, you’re bound to be excited about the potential in a new home. But you’ll also have to deal with a certain amount of melancholy if you’ve enjoyed your time in your current home and you’ve built a strong foundation of memories there. And then there’s the stress associated with packing everything up. But by and large, you’re probably looking forward to getting into your new place. And you can definitely find ways to make the prospect of packing a little easier. Here are some tips to help you get through the process with less stress.
- Clearing the clutter. There are two good reasons to sift through your stuff and send whatever you can to the landfill, the recycling center, or your local Goodwill. First, anything you get rid of now is one less thing you’ll have to pack. But it’s also one less thing you’ll have to unpack. If you’ve been telling yourself that you’ll just pack everything and then sort through it when you unpack later, you’re likely to end up with a lot of unopened boxes in your garage for months or years after your move. So take the time to go through it beforehand and you’ll make the moving process a lot easier and more efficient all around.
- What goes where. It’s really tempting to get only large moving boxes for easy packing and stacking, but this is a mistake. You need to size boxes according to what’s going in them. For example, a box containing your daughter’s plush toy collection can be relatively large because the items inside are bulky, but lightweight. You’ll still be able to carry a large box with such contents. But a similarly sized box filled with hardcover books is going to be a lot heavier, and you’re likely to hurt yourself or bust open the box in the process.
- Getting organized. There are several ways to organize your move. First, you should probably set up a schedule for packing that ensures you’re not burning the midnight oil in the last few days leading up to your move. From there you should go through every room and make a list of the packing materials you’ll need (dolly, straps, moving blankets, boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, etc.) so that you can pick it all up at once. And don’t forget about labeling boxes so that you know which room they go to and what’s inside. For this last organizational step, you may want to consider downloading an appropriate app for your smartphone or tablet. Moving Checklist Pro and Sortly are two you might want to check out. Although there are free apps out there, most get mixed reviews. It’s worth paying to get the best features and ensure you don’t lose any data.
- Dismantling furniture. The upside of taking furniture apart is that it can be a lot easier to lift and maneuver. You just have to make sure that you have all the parts and you know how to put it back together.
- Hiring help. Whether you call up your friends to give you a hand and pay them in pizza and beer or you opt to hire a pro like DB Moves, you’ll find your move a lot more expedient with a little help. If you’re short on cash, call anyone you’ve helped with a move in the past to reciprocate. Otherwise, let professional movers take on the burden of hauling and even packing your stuff.