On a scale of 1 to 10, going through the process of moving is probably a 25 for most people. The disruption to your life, the mess, the time and energy, and the money spent all add up to make a mess that will raise any normal living person’s blood pressure. Part of the reason that moving is so stressful is that it happens rarely, just long enough that we manage to forget all of the handy moving tips that we picked up the last time that we went through a move. That’s why everything that you need to help make the moving experience less stressful is compiled here, so that you can easily access it the next time you go through the harrowing experience of relocating.
Tip #1: Start early. Moving does not begin with the movers show up at your door, it begins weeks and possibly even months before that. When you know that a move is on the horizon, take that time to start your spring cleaning. Go through cabinets and closets and throw away items or donate things that you no longer need. Use your move as a reason to finally go through all of your clothes and get rid of things that no longer fit. It’s also a great time to have a garage sale for all those books and movies and games that you’re never going to use again.
Tip #2:Use a moving service that you trust. Talk to family, friends, and co workers and only hire a moving service that you feel is going to make your day easier, not harder. Get quotes early so that you have time to read reviews before you have to book them. The longer that you wait to book your movers, the more likely it is that they will be unavailable when you need them.
Tip #3: Be realistic about what work is going to fall on your shoulders on moving day. One of the most common mistakes that people make when moving is leaving too many items unpacked that the movers can not take. They think that they will just throw their unpacked items in the car at the end of the day and everything will be fine, but more often than not they leave multiple loads of items left in their home. This increases the amount of work that they end up doing after the moving help has left. Do not fall into the same trap of leaving yourself alone in your home with piles of belongings that could have easily fit onto the moving truck if you had packed them up ahead of time.
Tip #4: Label everything. You will no sooner finish packing up your bathroom when you realize that you accidentally packed up your toothbrush or some other precious item. Be specific when you are labeling boxes so that you can easily find items later.
Tip #5: Do not wait until moving day to start sorting items for good will. It will only frustrate you as well as your movers.