Moving can be a stressful process, no matter how far you are traveling. Planning your move minimizes the stress associated with this task while also simplifying the process. Here are several tips that can help you get through your move with relative ease.
1. Begin with a Moving List
Gather all of the information you need together in a single file. Use the computer or paper, depending on which is easier for you, to create a list of moving companies in your area, supplies you'll need to purchase, and tasks you'll need to complete, such as contacting the utility company.
2. Choose a Central Base
If you pick a single spot to complete all of your packing, you'll never have to search for your packing tape or scissors.
3. Declutter before You Begin to Pack
Why bother packing up items that you won't need or want once you move into your new place. Go through the attic, garage, closets, cabinets, and bureaus and donate, sell, or give away any of the items that you no longer want. As a side benefit, you'll save on the cost of packing supplies as well as on the expense of paying someone to move your stuff.
4. Develop a Packing System
Create a numbered list of your packing boxes, making note of the items contained in each box while also numbering the appropriate boxes. This list will assist you once you move in, allowing you to choose boxes according to your immediate need for them. It also allows you to pack valuables without clearly identifying them to strangers who might be tempted to steal them. You can always keep these boxes in your vehicle so that you have them close by at all times.
5. Make Arrangements for Pet Care
If you have pets, you might want to ask a relative or friend to care for them while you move. Moving is stressful on pets, so you'll want to minimize their anxiety as much as possible. If you must take your pets with you, be sure that they are wearing identification tags with your name and phone number.
6. Create a Moving Day List
Moving day will be hectic, so you should make a list of everything you'll either need to do or to take with you so that you don't forget anything. Don't forget to include snacks, first aid kit, and money or credit cards.
Moving takes a lot of work on your part as well as on the part of the movers. You can minimize the stress associated with relocating as well as reduce the amount of work you actually have to do by creating a to-do list, streamlining your possessions, numbering boxes, listing contents, and making arrangements for your pets during the move.