Purchasing a new home is exciting. But moving all of your belongings from one home to another can be really stressful. The main keys to a successful move are to start early, stay organized, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Simplify your move with these tips
Plan ahead. As soon as you know that you’re going to move it’s time to start planning. You’ll need to either hire movers, or enlist the help of friends and family as well as rent a moving truck as soon as you have a move date set in stone.
Don’t move clutter. Start a few boxes in each room, one for donations and one for things you’d like to sell on Ebay or Craigslist before the move.
Free boxes. If you do not mind re-taping broken down boxes then you will save quite a bit of money. Most stores break their boxes down, and if you simply go in and ask, they are more than willing to hand them off free of charge. Not only does this save money, but you’re helping the environment also. When you’re all moved, recycle them.
Splurge on tape. If you take my advice about the free boxes, you’ll need packaging tape. I have found that some of the off brand cheap tape does not hold up well at all. It’s better to spend a few extra bucks and get the better stuff that will keep your boxes of items safer during the move.
Stay Organized. Label moving boxes with not only what’s in the box, but which room it goes in at your new home. You can also color code boxes using various colors of duct tape and sharpie markers.
Stress free closets. Keep clothing on their hangers in your closet. Simply divide them into sections and poke a hole in the bottom of a trash bag, put it over the neck of the hangers, pull it down over the clothing and tie at the bottom. I would use a better quality trash bag so they don’t tear easily. You can also use zip strips or rubber bands on the tops of the hangers to further secure them.
Keep plates safe. Pack plates upright instead of laying them flat, and put Styrofoam plates in between each one.
Put your towels to work. You can use kitchen and bath towels as extra padding in boxes of breakables.
Utilize storage space. Doing things like packing your spices in the crock pot will save space. You can also pack items inside of any baskets you are taking with you.
Storage bags. Freezer type bags can be your best friend. You can store all sorts of tiny items that could otherwise easily get lost during a move in the and label with a sharpie.
Enlist help. If you plan on taking on the challenge of moving with professionals be sure to arrange help in advance. It may help to divide your move into shifts. A group of people to help load at your old house, and a group of people to help unload at the new. Be sure to have plenty of cold drinks on hand, as well as a plan for feeding your help. Ordering pizzas, subway, or something similar would be the least stressful way of feeding a group.
Kids and moving don’t mix. Getting the kids involved in moving before the big day is great! Older kids can go through their things and start boxes for donating, and help pack. But on the big day younger children will more than likely not get the attention they need and it may prove to be unsafe for them. If you do not have anyone to make such arrangements with then perhaps a designated person on moving day to simply keep an eye on the kids would help out.
Overnight bag. It will help to have a bag with all of your essential items. Medications, pajamas, a change of clothes, phone chargers and so on. If you have a large family pack a bag for the grownups and one for the kids too.
Clear tubs. Pack a clear plastic tub or two with the items you’ll need the most at the new house for the first day or two. Toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, napkins, cutlery, favorite toys, and so forth.