Moving day is one of the most stressful times for anybody. Having to pack up your entire life and relocate can be scary. Follow our moving checklist and moving tips to ensure you have a stress-free move.
1.Create a Moving Map
The first and most important thing you can do is create a moving map. This is an overarching timeline of your move, with each element specifically noted and scheduled. For example, your moving map may list “Return Cable Boxes” one week before your move. Obviously, you’ll want to follow your schedule as closely as possible.
The process of creating a moving map can seem overwhelming; there are so many moving parts happening in tandem that it’s natural to feel a little stressed. However, by writing everything out in a clear, easy to read and understand way, you’ll be able to make sure that everything is taken care of and, in the long run, your move will be much easier because of it.
2. Call Your Utilities
As soon as you know you’re moving, you’ll want to get in contact with all of your utilities. Let your water, heat, electric, cable, and internet companies know that you’ll be moving and give them your moving date.
This ensures you won’t be stuck paying for an extra month’s worth of utilities you won’t be using. It’s a quick and easy couple of phone calls to make, but it can easily be forgotten as you get further along the moving process. That’s why it is a good idea to call your utilities sooner rather than later.
3. Make Checklists for Each Room
A paramount packing tip is to make checklists for each room. Before you start putting anything in boxes, list out everything in that room you’ll need to bring with you to your new home. This is a great way to make sure that you’re not overlooking or forgetting anything.
Once you have each room’s contents listed out into a palatable checklist, it’s time to start packing.
4. Start Packing Sooner Rather Than Later
The process of physically packing is what usually makes people feel overwhelmed. Dealing with stacks of boxes and years of memories, not to mention navigating wrapping fragile items in plastic wrap and dealing with heavy items like cabinets and dressers, can be a lot to handle. This is why we recommend you begin packing as soon as possible.
Even if you have a full month before your moving date, it’s still a good idea to get a head start on the packing. This way, you can do a little bit at a time, instead of waiting until the last minute and becoming stressed as you hastily throw everything you own into boxes. The more time you have to pack, the less likely it is that you’ll get overwhelmed at all you have to do.
5. Pack One Room At a Time
In an attempt to make your moving process as stress-free as possible, you’ll want to pack one room at a time. Instead of converting your living room into your go-to packing room, tackle each room individually. Make sure your guest bedroom is completely backed before you start packing your bathroom. This will keep you on target and relaxed.
Also, when you’re packing up each room, utilize the checklists you made for each room. As you pack an item, cross it off the checklist, so you’ll know it’s packed. Once you’re done packing, take a look at the checklist and look for any items you may have glossed over and forgotten to pack. These lists will keep you organized and ensure that all of your belongings are safely packed away.
6. Label Everything
If you don’t have a good label maker, consider investing in one. If that’s not in your budget, make sure to at least stock up on Sharpie markers. You’ll want to label each and every box.
At the bare minimum, you’ll want to include which room the box should be going to. It’s also a good idea to list out some of the box’s contents so that you’ll know what’s specifically in it without ripping off its tape and digging through. Labeling everything will alleviate a considerable amount of stress when your actual moving day arrives.
7. Color Code Each Room
If you want to take labeling one step further, think about color coordinating each room’s boxes. This can make moving day even easier and further eliminate any confusion with your professional movers.
If every box with a blue label is going to the bathroom, everyone will know where that box is going. This will further take some of the stress of moving off your plate and make the whole process much more pleasant.
8. Reach Out to Your Friends and Family
Just like any time you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or in need of help, you should reach out to your loved ones when your move leaves you stressed. At the very least, they will let you vent and release yourself of your frustrations. More likely than not, they’ll be willing to help you pack!
You should consider throwing a packing party. Invite your friends and family over, order some pizzas, throw on some music, and enlighten everyone as to your packing process. Show everyone your moving map, explain the steps to them, and hopefully, everyone will be working in tandem to get most of your stuff packed up! It’s also a great way to spend time with your friends who might not be so readily available after your big move.
9. Hire Professionals
When your moving day finally arrives, you’ll realize just how much stuff you have and, likely, just how heavy everything is. This is why, prior to your move, you should speak with a moving company to have professional movers come and assist you.
Moving services will take care of the more physically demanding aspects of moving day, leaving you to finalize some of the smaller, individual last-minute elements and say one final goodbye to your old home.
As outlined in this post, moving can be overwhelming. It can feel like there’s so much to do and at night, when you’re lying in bed, trying to sleep, chances are you’ll think of more things you need to do.
As moving day looms closer, you’re going to need your energy, so don’t sacrifice sleep to get it all done. If you’ve properly implemented your moving map and checklists for each room, there should be no need to get out of bed and do some midnight packing. Conserve your energy for the big day and make sure to get plenty of sleep.
It is our hope that if you follow this list of moving hacks, you’ll be able to lessen some of the moving stress. Make sure to always remember that moving is an inherently stressful process, so expect to get a little overwhelmed at least once throughout the process. However, following these tips can help you not lose sight of the big picture and stay on task, so that when your big day finally arrives, you’ll be all set to move into your new home.