Moving day is the culmination of a process that’s taken weeks, if not months to unfold. Between searching for a new house and selling your current home, a lot of time and energy has been invested. Now is the time where you finally get to enter a new stage of life – are you prepared?
9 Tips to Make Moving Day a Breeze
Excitement, anticipation, and nostalgia…these emotions are common on moving day. However, one emotion that you shouldn’t have to feel is stress. While there will be isolated moments where you’ll feel stressed, the entire day shouldn’t be characterized by the emotion.
In most cases, stress is bred from a lack of preparation. If you create a plan for what the moving day will look like – and do so well in advance of the actual move – you don’t give stress much room to thrive.
Since it’s probably been a while since you last moved, we’re going to provide you with a few practical tips and suggestions to help you feel better prepared and less stressed once moving day finally does roll around. Take a look:
- Get Rid of Clutter
Whether you realize it or not, you have way more stuff than you’ll ever need. Between junk drawers, closets, cabinets, toy chests, garden sheds, garages, and countertops, you have thousands of items that you won’t ever use. Instead of packing these up and moving them into your next house, use this opportunity to toss them. Not only will this lift a metaphorical weight off your shoulders, but it will also physically lighten your load when it comes time to move.
- Start Packing Early
Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can start packing a couple of days before your move. Not only will you find it challenging to get out of the house in time for closing, but you’ll also feel an immense amount of pressure and stress. For best results, begin the packing process as early as possible. By doing a little bit here and a little bit there, you can move at a leisurely pace and still get everything done in time.
- Use These Clever Packing Hacks
While you may be tempted to throw everything into boxes and bins without much rhyme or reason, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration on moving day by using some of the following clever packing hacks:
- On a sheet of paper, draw a basic floor plan of your new home and assign each room a color. Then, as you pack up, label each box with a colored sticker so that you know which room it should be placed in upon arrival.
- To reduce your need for additional boxes, utilize space-saving furniture like drawers and cabinets.
- Clothing, linens, bedspreads, towels, and pillows can take up a lot of space on the moving truck. In order to maximize space, use vacuum-sealed bags to pack these items.
There are dozens of hacks just like these. By implementing the ones that make sense, you’ll enjoy a much more coordinated moving process.
- Pack a Personal Bag
There are certain things you’ll need when you arrive at your new home on moving day. These may include items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, dog food, screwdrivers, hammers, drills, picture frame hardware, brooms, mops, rags, money, light bulbs, bedding, a change of clothes, etc. Instead of trying to hunt down each of these individual items, pack them in a personal bag or box. Having all of these things at your fingertips will allow you to be more productive.
- Get Small Children Out of the House
Children are either a huge help or a huge distraction on moving day. In most cases, their role is determined by age. If you have young children, you’re better off getting them out of the house. Hire a babysitter to take them on an outing, or send them over to a relative’s house for a few hours. The less time you have to spend keeping kids out of trouble, the more you’ll get done.
- Get Help From Friends
You never want to be the person who calls on friends to help every single time you move, but there are times where it’s perfectly acceptable. If you have friends who you’ve helped in the past, don’t be afraid to ask for a return favor. Offer free food and beer in return for their help – this typically helps a lot.
- Clean Before Unpacking
Before you get too far into the unpacking process, make sure the house is clean. Hopefully, the buyer left it in good shape for you, but it’s still nice to freshen things up before making the home yours. A quick vacuum and/or mopping of the floors and a wipe down of countertops and surfaces should suffice.
- Eat a Substantial Lunch
It’s easy to get so caught up in transporting items, cleaning the house, unpacking boxes, and dealing with the dozens of other logistical issues that require your attention that you forget to refuel. While you might be too busy to realize you’re hungry at the time, skipping lunch will make you tired, cranky, and less productive later in the day. Take 30 minutes and grab a bite to eat. You need this little break more than you know.
- Take a Deep Breath
If you feel yourself getting stressed at any point during moving day, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Remember that this is a normal part of moving and that it’ll be over within a matter of hours. Focus on the positives and block out the negatives.
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