1. Enlist Friends and Family—Doing a task that is stressful is always better with HELP! Whether it’s muscle help to load up or unload that big ol’ moving truck, or mental help with deciding what to do with personal possessions (like a push to get rid of something!) or even someone who can watch children or pets while you work—it’s all so much better with friends and family. Just be sure to return the favor when they need someone too.
2. Use Towels/Potholders to Pack Breakables—Not only does this help you find a place for those items, but, it saves on wrapping materials. Kitchen towels will be with kitchen items, bathroom towels—you get the idea. Large blankets are good for larger items that need to be protected as well. One other handy thing that helps when you run out of wrapping material is old wrapping paper you never seem to use up year after year. Since you spent the money and it’s just sitting around, what a good way to make sure it’s not wasted!
3. Color Code Labels by Room—This will guide whoever is helping you move by making it easy to see where to take the box to when it’s being unloaded. Large colorful duct tape (different color per room) with a general name (like KITCHEN) followed by a general content (KITCHEN: utensils) in sharpie will help you to see what you need most as well.
4. Take Photos Before You Pack—If you do this in each room before you start, you will know how things looked and were placed as well as what condition the item was in before the move. This will come in handy when setting something up OR if you ever might need to make an insurance claim.
5. Use a Rolling Suitcase to Move Heavy Items—If you are moving, you will want at least one case per family member to have all necessary items handy when you first get to your new home. But, if you have extra cases, or can pack several family members immediate needs in one or two cases, use those extra rolling suitcases to pack some heavier items like books or special breakables that you want to handle yourself. This is much easier to handle for those “less muscled” helpers!
6. UNPACK by Function First—Depending on the time of day you arrive to your new place, making sure you unpack what you will need FIRST is important. Unpacking is as exhausting (though more exciting) as packing and most people won’t be able to unpack everything in one day. Having the first room done that you will need, will help you to rest better that first night and prepare you for the rest of the job. Here are the three top rooms to do first: a. Kitchen—if you are at your new place early, this room ready to go will make sure you and your family can eat easily that evening or the next morning. Just being able to have a glass of water will help a lot on moving day! b. Bedroom—if you arrive at your new place later, this may be first on your list. Having your bed ready to plop down in at the end of this very busy day is a MUST. Children’s rooms especially. They will be tired too and a good night’s sleep is best for everyone! c. Bathroom—Always good to have everything up and ready to go so everyone can be clean and ready for the next day. Moving is messy! Your personal suitcases can only hold so much and you will need more than just your initial toiletries at the ready as soon as possible. Like extra toilet paper, First Aid accessories and maybe some bathroom cleaner? You just never know what you really need—until you need it! It’s good to have the bathrooms ready to go as soon as you can.
These are just a few tips to help make your move more seamless and stress free. Maybe they will inspire you to have a few more tips of your own to make your move a happy adventure!
Thank you to HGTV.COM for the inspiration behind this blog!