With moving day fast approaching, you probably have more things to do than enough time to do it. If you want to save some of your valuable time and energy, and keep the stress level down to a manageable degree before that day arrives, here are some our great moving tips to help you get where you are going, with the least amount of hassle and worry.
Getting yourself and your ‘stuff’ ready for a move can be a very stressful and chaotic upheaval on anyone’s agenda. To give you some kind of perspective, the processes and procedures involved with moving you, your family, and all your precious belongings ranks as the third most stressful of all the events in your lifetime, following much too closely behind two other unwelcomed occurrences – death and divorce. On the positive side, there are numerous moving tips and techniques you can consider trying to make the event far less upsetting and inconvenient for both you and your loved ones.
1. Get an Early Start
Moving is nothing if not an immensely time-consuming as well as time-intensive process, and that is usually because of the hours, days, and often weeks involved in packing up all your belongings from the closets, basement, attic, garage, and every room of your current residence. Most people are generally amazed by two key elements involved with moving – just how much stuff they actually possess, and just how long it takes to get everything organized and ready to go. They invariably wind up running out of time and patience, and throwing together the tail end of the move just to get the whole thing over and done with.
This can often lead to more problems and headaches at final stage of the process than the ones it all started with in the beginning. Generally, given all the logistics, most people require at least four weeks to get everything organized in the proper fashion. The best rule of thumb is to allow from four to five hours to pack each room with the proper care and efficiency. Multiply that times the number of rooms you have, and you can begin to formulate the entire process, from start to finish, and work backwards from that point.
2. Get an Organizer and Checklist
Some of the most important things to remember about moving is that you are not the first, nor the last, and you are certainly not alone in trying to get it done. Statistics show that nearly one in eight households move during any year, which provides an astounding array of information on exactly how to do it, and do it well. Almost all of these resources tend to agree on two must-have necessities – a checklist and an organizer. The checklist for moving is a detailed itemization of the things that must be accomplished before moving day, and can be arranged as a type of calendar. It will provide you with the ability to track your progress as well as making sure nothing is forgotten along the way. The moving organizer can be something such as a 3-ring binder with sleeves or pockets to safely store important paperwork concerning your move, such as leases, rental or mortgage documents, info on setting up utilities, telephone, and so on. This organizer can be thought of as your portable office during the transition period.
3. Get ‘Open Me First’ Boxes and Suitcases Ready
One of the most inconvenient of all moving hassles is trying to locate what you need, and right when you need it, upon arrival at your new residence. Starting the unpacking process can prove to be a chaotic undertaking unless it is done in an organized fashion. One convenient approach would be for each person to create a single suitcase or backpack containing all the necessities they would require if they were going on a three day vacation. These critical necessities would include three changes of clothes suitable to work in, toiletries, prescriptions, eyeglasses, and other crucial must-have items. Keep these things separate from the rest of packed items for handy access when you arrive. Likewise, have an ‘open me first’ box for every room, visibly labeled in a different color from the other boxes, containing the items that can be immediately available upon arrival. These would include soap, towels, toilet paper, coffee maker, paper cups, plates and utensils, and so on. These must-haves make the ‘first 24 hours’ in your new home much more livable if they are easy to find.
If you follow these general guidelines, you will be well on your way to make your move as well-organized and as hassle-free as possible.