Selling your home? Relocating for a new job? Going on an adventure? If there’s one word that movers alike would share in describing their moving experience, it’s probably “stressful.” It’s the feeling of being constantly overwhelmed and that you need to understand all the bits and pieces of the process even if you’ve never done it before. Never fear! By following these four tips below, you can have a stress-free move every single time.
#1 Stay Organized
Your life will probably feel chaotic during your moving days but having some semblance of order will help you stay sane. Gather all your moving materials into one spot (markers, packing tape, labels, etc.). If you decide that it’s going to be a corner in your kitchen, then truly make it that corner in your kitchen. Make a conscious effort to bring all your materials back there after each time that you use them. Knowing where to find what you need when you need it and not having to look for scissors constantly or frantically will make your life easier and less stressful (even if it doesn’t seem like it now).
#2 Start Early
Everyone will tell you this, but if you decide to have just one designated packing day, then you’ll be kicking yourself. Start early and take the process little by little. You won’t feel as overwhelmed and stressed for time if you have an entire week to process what’s going on. A lot of people may procrastinate because 1) they’re nervous about what packing entails, and 2) they don’t want to pack their daily living items. Both of these reasons are valid, but it also presents progress. Do yourself a favor and don’t wait. You can pack all the daily living items in a couple of boxes towards then end, but do you really need your winter clothing items in the middle of summer? The hardest part of any project is starting, so get to it!
#3 Use a Color Coding System
It’s really easy to start throwing everything in a box and think that you’ll deal with it on the other side. Unfortunately, Future You will be kicking past you for doing so. Use a color coding system for each room of your house that all the boxes from that room are labeled clearly. Then, label the rooms in your new house with that same color. You, your movers or anyone else who is helping you will know exactly where it goes. Talk about making it easy for yourself.
#4 Find a System that Works for You
Speaking of a system…practiced movers know that being able to find what you really need makes moving much less stressful in those first couple of days in your new space. Finding a system that works for you (beyond just color coding) truly helps take moving from a hassle to a bearable experience. Need your work clothes? A pot or pan? Baby toys? You should know exactly which box those are in so you’re not digging around. Make a list, number the boxes, write down what’s in each box, and be able to find it when you need it. If you know that it’s in the kitchen in box #4 with the salt shaker, you’ll be ahead of the game.
Moving is a necessary process for many individuals. You don’t have to love it, but now you can do it with confidence. You’ve got this!