Moving is never easy, especially if you've got an entire house worth of stuff to pack up and relocate. Whether or not you've hired a moving company, expect to spend at least a few weeks preparing, your life will be much less stressful if you know you've done all you can to be ready. There are countless preparations you can make in advance that will help the process go as smoothly as possible. Victoria Homes wants you to know these very handytips for moving.
Start getting ready to move months in advance
In the weeks or even months of preparing for moving day, sorting through your possessions in the interest of getting rid of unwanted or unneeded items will not only help you declutter your home and cut down on the total amount of stuff that needs to be moved, it will also help get you in the right mindset. Chronic procrastinators know the overwhelming feeling of an arduous task left until the last minute. By getting into the routine of paring down your belongings a little bit at a time long before you start boxing things up, you will be rewarded with the feeling of calm that comes with being well and truly prepared.
Pack up and label your boxes room by room
When you're ready to start putting things in boxes and shrink-wrapping furniture, you'll want to make sure it's all getting packed as efficiently as possible. There are countless ways to save space and time when preparing to move, and you'll appreciate that foresight not only when it comes time to pack everything up, but during the unpacking process as well. One of the biggest ways to save time is to pack up room by room and label all the boxes accordingly. That way, when you're moving in you can pile all the boxes in their respective rooms without having to open them up and check what's inside. Another great way to be prepared for the first few days before you're unpacked is to put together a kit of essential items. You'll need a few sets of clothes and some toiletries, but also dishes and cookware, garbage bags, and any tools you know you'll need right away.
Maximize usage of your available space to cut down on boxes
Part of an efficient moving process is making sure you're not doing more work than you need to. For example, rather than packing the contents of your dresser into boxes, take the drawers out, shrink wrap them, and put them back in the dresser. On a similar note, if you've got any suitcases or laundry baskets, you can pack things in them to cut down on the number of boxes you need. Save the heavy stuff for suitcases with wheels. When it comes time to unload, you'll be glad you did.
On moving day
Whether it's just you or you've got friends and family or professional movers helping you out, make sure everything is squared away before the big day. Having to rush around and pack while people are waiting to load everything up can turn an already strenuous day into a stressful one. Hiring a moving company can give you peace of mind as well as take a huge amount of work off your shoulders. Movers usually offer insurance so if anything ends up damaged due to being mishandled, you know you'll be reimbursed. If you've got children or pets, hire a sitter to look after them for the day so you're not worried about tripping over them or worried about them wandering off while the doors are open and there's so much activity going on. There are many ways to get yourself ready for moving day, but the main benefit of any of them is that you'll feel more mentally prepared, making for a breezy and stress-free experience.