Moving can be a bittersweet experience, and the stress that comes with it can be overwhelming. From planning and packing to saying goodbye, there is a lot of work and emotions that come along with the process. Below are some helpful tips to help make your move a little bit easier.
Supplies and Preparation
It is important to create a moving plan. The first step should be setting a moving date. It is important to give yourself enough time, preferably months in advance to plan for packing. Giving yourself enough time is important so you don’t feel rushed.
Once the date is set, you then can make a list of what items you want to pack first. One helpful tip is to have a garage sale to clear out unwanted items. Once you have rid yourself of items you no longer need or want, you can then make a plan for packing.
You should begin by making a checklist of all the packing supplies you will need such as boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and more. You may be unsure of how many boxes you will need to move. Fortunately, we’ve got your back! Consider the number of rooms you have in your home to pack. Be sure to get a variety of box sizes for packing various items. Additionally, you should always get more boxes than expected just to be safe!
To make life easier when packing, try color-coding each room by using colored tape. For example, all the items you box up in the kitchen should all have the same color packing tape and so on for the rest of the rooms.
To avoid messes, you should tape off any products that may spill such as shampoo, laundry detergent, soap, etc. When packing your clothes hanging in your closet, try putting trash bags over the hangers so they can easily be transferred from one closet to another.
Organize Electronic Devices:
Another important tip to remember is to take pictures of all cords connected to your electronics (including cable box, TV, and wifi) to help you remember which cables go with each device.
Pack Necessities Separately:
Lastly, you should pack all of your necessities such as a toothbrush & toothpaste, medications, and a change of clothes. This will allow you to have easy access to your necessities once you move.
The worst part about moving is saying goodbye. It can be an especially emotional time if you have children. For some children, the home you are leaving may be all they know, so it is important to make the move as stress-free as possible for them to cope with.
Remember to let everyone know you are moving, especially if you are moving far away. You should notify your doctor’s office, as well as your child’s school district.
If you are moving a long distance, consider having a “going-away” cookout with friends and family. During this time, you could take a family picture in front of the house so you have a keepsake to bring to your new home.
Lastly, don’t forget to celebrate all of the memories you have made in your home. The night before, you should make a toast to all the memories in the home before you leave so you can have a final sentimental goodbye. You’ve probably packed away any alcohol you plan to bring to your new home, so try an alcohol delivery app to get a last-minute bottle of bubbly or your favorite six-pack delivered for the occasion. This way, you won’t have to make a trip to the store, and you’ll still be able to celebrate the joyful memories made there one final time.
Although moving may seem hectic and stressful, planning ahead of time makes the moving process much easier. Breaking the steps down into small achievable goals, will help you feel less stressed, and give you more time to enjoy your family and friends before you start a new chapter in your new home. Happy moving!