9 Moving Tips To Stay Sane And Organized
Summer is prime time for home buying and selling. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, you’re probably going to end up moving a lot of stuff. The actual process of moving your household belongings can be daunting, especially if you’ve lived in your current house for awhile. Follow these tips to take the pain out of the moving process.
- Start early. As early in the process as you can, start sorting through your belongings (starting with the things you don’t use often, such as seasonal clothing, holiday decorations, etc.) and disposing of things that won’t be going with you. Sort everything into three piles: keep, donate and toss. Box up the items that you’re keeping, but that you won’t use until after you move.
- Have a system. Packing everything you own into boxes, then into trucks, then back into a new house is a complex and confusing task. Come up with a system for identifying what is in each box and where it needs to go in the new house. One common way is to color-code each room, and write the contents of each box on the outside in the corresponding color marker. That way you can simply label each room in the new house with a color, and everyone knows where to stash the boxes as they come off the moving truck.
- Pack a suitcase. The first night you move into your new home, there’s a good chance that you might find yourself too exhausted to finish unpacking everything, so pack a suitcase with what you’ll need the first day or two. You’ll be glad not to have to dig through four bathroom boxes to find your toothpaste.
- Pack the rest of your luggage, and any other containers you have. Fill luggage, duffel bags and laundry baskets with clothing, sheets and blankets. They’re sturdier than cardboard boxes, and you’ll have to move them anyway.
- Use a couple clear plastic totes for things you’ll need first. Include things like a box cutter, cleaning supplies, eating utensils, a pot or pan, toilet paper, tools, etc. Having them ready and visible means less searching on moving day.
- Wrap your breakables in clothing. You already have to move your clothes and your dishes. Wrapping them together saves on the cost of bubble wrap and the wasted trips moving boxes partially filled with plastic bubbles.
- Keep sandwich bags handy. When you disassemble your bed or shelves, it’s easy for the screws to disappear in the move. Put them in a sandwich bag, label it and tape it to the item you’ve disassembled.
- Make moving easy on your helpers. If you’re having friends or family help you with your move, make sure to make it as easy as you can on them. Have everything packed in boxes and labeled before they arrive, have food and drinks plentiful and available and consider giving them first dibs on any furniture or items you were planning to sell or donate.
- Reward yourself. Pick a finishing-touch decor item you’ve had your eye on or a celebration meal, and use that as a reward when you finish packing. There’s nothing like a little extra motivation to help you through those last couple of boxes.
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