Moving is no easy task and it isn’t something most of us do often, so knowing where to start is maybe the biggest obstacle to get over. Here we have gathered top tips on making your move less stressful and better organized. It will get you started and have you on top of your game immediately, making the task less daunting and overwhelming.
One of the hardest things to organize for a move is how to pack the things you will need and use up to the point of walking out and closing the door of your old place behind you. The way to handle that task is to initiate a move day and first day box for each person and pet in the family. It can be two or even three boxes if you wish, or it can be a piece of luggage. The point is to designate a space to contain what can’t be packed away now, but will be at the final point.
Label the box or boxes or luggage with a tag or sticker that designates them for their purpose so they aren’t accidentally packed up and moved. It should contain anything the person or pet will need immediately the day of the move and the first day in the home. It might mean “living” out of those containers rather than drawers or a closet for a few days or weeks, but it will keep each person organized and in touch with items that they need without having to find them. If it isn’t in that container then it can be packed away and labeled to be found after the move.
There should also be a first day box or two that contains moving supplies that every new homeowner needs. Cleaning supplies and personal toiletries and a first aid kit are top on the list for what should go into that box. It might also contain towels, bedding, drinks, and snacks.
Pack your boxes not as to their location or purpose within your old home, but their location and purpose of your new home. Label boxes as to where they need to go within the new house so that if anyone is helping you during the move they know exactly where to put the box they are carrying. To make sure mistakes aren’t made you can hang up a temporary sign within each room of the new house designating the room’s purpose and which boxes should go there.
Boxes and designated rooms can be further identified by colour coding. Buying coloured tape to put on the corner edge of boxes can make them quick to identify. If you are especially organized you can use two colour codes: one colour for identifying where the box’s belongings once resided and where the box is intended to end up. It can help you quickly find a box without having to read written labels or writing on each box to help find one you are looking for. It will easily stick out if one box is with others in a location other than where it should be for unpacking.
Don’t pack away bedding or pillows. Use those items to help stuff into empty spaces within a moving container, or to fill a large box, or to use between furniture pieces to protect them. Pet bedding can be used the same way.
Buy an empty notebook or file box and use it to hold important things you need to be able to put your finger on immediately. It can be notes you have made about where you have packed items. It can hold important financial, legal, or medical records. It can hold phone numbers, addresses, business quotes from companies you are working with during your move, and contact information for medical information or emergency services. Make it your holding space for anything deemed critical and too important to pack away. This box will be with you in person when you step out of your old home and with you when you step into the new. It can be your safe storage choice for valuable information.
If you have pets, update their identification tags with new information prior to the move. If your pet becomes lost you want to have new telephone numbers and new addresses on their tag to get them back to you safely. Experts suggest you pass over putting an address and use the valuable and limited space of an identification tag to hold as many phone numbers as possible so if one number isn’t answered the next one will be and someone trying to get your pet back to you will be able to make contact. Adding the word “REWARD” in bold letters on the tag could motivate a person to put in extra effort to get your pet back to you if it became lost.
With all of the tasks you have on you with moving, the most timely and exhausting can be the task of readying a new home to occupy or cleaning up the old one after you leave. If you can afford to do so, consider letting a cleaning service take on those tasks for you. This is where you can let friends and family know that they can help by buying you a gift certificate or service with a cleaning agency. You can arrange for the service to occur prior to your arrival and at your departure. If anyone in your family is sensitive to cleaning supplies, make sure you express your concerns and let them know how to clean your home without exposing your family or pets to chemicals or fragrances that could be health hazardous.
Hiring a cleaning service will not be as expensive as you might think when you consider what it will cost you in time and effort and energy if you have to complete the tasks yourself. Without furniture and belongings in a home it is much easier to clean, so services often greatly discount cleaning empty homes. As mentioned, friends and family will often express a desire to help, so tell them of your wish list that includes a cleaning service as this is one tip that could make your move go much smoother.
Finally, make sure you allow time for everyone in your family to connect and enjoy the process of moving into the new chapter of your life, including your pets. Moves are a major change and stress is going to come into the experience, but you can counter it taking over by including fun tasks, breaks, and including positive energy into the experience. Play music and dance around and sing aloud while packing. Go on a walk and be nostalgic and talk about memories you recall and how you plan to make new memories at your new home. Take pictures during the process so you can have fun recalling the events of packing up and moving.
Perhaps the best tip of all is to keep injecting fun and joy into the process of moving. Make a note everywhere you can in your to do lists, on mirrors, and everywhere you might see a note to remind yourself to choose fun and joy to stay front and center in the process and moving will be more of a life experience than a stressful burden. Enjoy and keep mindful of those that had little choice in the decision of moving such as children, elderly family members, pets, and the friends you will leave behind. By keeping it fun on your end you will help others enjoy the adventure you are soon to start with a positive outlook, good energy, and a great hope for the new things that lie ahead.