Moving can often be equal parts exciting and stressful. In fact, according to HealthStatus.com, moving is one of the top five most stressful life events that we experience. So how can you minimize
stress and ensure a smooth move?
Our friends at The Real Estate Book have compiled a list of six organizational tactics to keep moving day on track.
Before a moving box makes its debut, begin with boxes of another kind. One labeled “donate” and one labeled “trash.” You may even find some items you would like to sell online or consign. The less that you have to pack on moving day, the better, so simplify. If you are moving from a place you have called home for several years, chances are that your basement, attic, and closets are storing some unused items. Don’t wait to do this. Begin purging well before moving day to expedite your packing. A garage sale also may prove helpful, by putting extra cash in your pocket to help pay for moving supplies.
CREATE AMOVING BINDER:
With so many small details to keep track of, moving can quickly become overwhelming. Create a moving binder with several tabbed sections to manage all of the details. HGTV.com suggests the following categories for your moving binder: utilities, receipts, checklists, movers, inventory list, and schedules. Printable moving checklists and inventory sheets can be found on numerous websites, such as Upack.com. Perhaps you could also add a tab for your new home, such as the address, shops nearby, or any legal documents. Keep the binder in an easily accessible place that won’t be disrupted by the hustle and bustle of preparation, like on top of the refrigerator.
When it comes to putting your entire life’s belongings into boxes, it can take quite a while. Be sure you have gathered ample amounts of boxes, newspapers or bubble wrap, tape, markers, and labels for everything that will be packed. Begin packing the least used items first. Upack.com suggests packing these items about 5 weeks before your moving date. Give yourself either a daily or weekly packing quota to help spread out the process. Save time by packing your hanging clothes last either in a wardrobe box or keeping them on hangers in a personal vehicle.
LABEL, LABEL, LABEL:
Speaking of packing, labeling is key! Clearly label the contents of each box with a permanent marker. There is no such thing as too detailed when it comes to labeling. Label several sides of the box as well, in case you find yourself with a box of unknowns at the bottom of an immovable pile. Do a colour-code system using coloured stickers and matching coloured paper. Assign each room in your new home a colour and place the co-ordinating sticker on each of your boxes. The coloured paper will be placed on the doorway of each room. This will make it easy for hired movers and friends alike to get everything to the correct room.
THE BIG ITEMS:
When you have the help of movers, you want to have the exact placement of your furniture already planned out. Begin by getting measurements of all of the rooms in your newhome if the purchasing arrangement will allow. Figure out which furniture items will be placed where, and label the assigned room clearly on your inventory list (located in your moving binder).Don’t forget about your major appliances such as the washer, dryer, and refrigerator. Will they fit? If the new home doesn’t have the space for certain appliances, plan accordingly to have one purchased and delivered to your new home.
KEEP BASICS + VALUABLES CLOSE:
When it comes to diamond rings and toilet paper,there is one thing they have in common: you don’t want to be caught on moving day not knowing their whereabouts! Place basic essential items in your personal vehicle.Things like hand soap, paper towels, bottled water, and toilet paper need to be within easy access throughout moving day at both locations. Also, each family member can have their own overnight suitcase packed with a change of clothes, toothbrush, and anything else they may need. As for valuables, put them in your vehicle the morning of moving day before anyone else arrives to help. This way, no one will unknowingly move or pack something important. Things to keep an eye on include jewelry, important files and legal documents, eyeglasses, computers, cell phone chargers,and wallets.