Nobody throws a party when it’s time to move – at least not to celebrate the moving process itself. Between packing, organizing, labeling and cleaning, you still have normal life to live like working, cooking and caring for children. So is it really possible to have less stress along the way? Yes! And here’s how:
DELEGATE. Despite normal patterns, you shouldn’t have to do it all. Get a list together of your closest friends, families and kind co-workers and have each one sign up for a day or duty to help. Be sure to provide them food and comforts along the way. After all, it’s your back and mind they’re saving!
REDUCE. Get rid of what you don’t need. We tend to move many things that we just don’t use and then they stay in the box in the next house forever. The less you pack, the less you have to move and unpack. If it doesn’t have deep family meaning or if you don’t use it often, stick it in a box and drop it off at Goodwill. Other families will be wonderfully grateful.
ORGANIZE. The best places to start on organization are your junk drawers. All houses have them. Go through your drawers and put your “must keeps” in sealable plastic bags. You or your movers just can drop the bags into the box, and when you are unpacking, you can just dump it back in. Everything is together. This is especially helpful for junk drawers, utensils, underwear drawers.
GO ROOM BY ROOM. Box things up one room at a time. Depending on how much time you have, choose one room per day or couple days or per week. Be realistic and give yourself extra time for bigger or more filled rooms. Be very clear with labels. Use words like, closet, clothes, shoes, dining room utensils.. This way, when the boxes are moved, you’ll not only have an easier time finding them at the new house, but they’re more quickly make their way to the rooms they belong in.
SMALLER BOXES. Make sure you aren’t afraid to use many small boxes instead of less large ones. The large ones get packed with more things and can become heavy and cluttered. Smaller boxes keep things organized and specific. Easier to put away and easier to transport.
PLAN AHEAD. This one is about utilities. Utility companies need about a month notice to know you will be turning yours off, switched or turned on. Some require appointments that may be booked out 2 weeks. Don’t get stuck without phone, internet or gas, etc. Think ahead. Call your current and future providers and let them know your move date to determine the best on/off services days.
BUDGET FOR CONVENIENCE. This is not the time to be perfect. If you know you’re moving, make sure to set aside a certain amount of money during your last 30 days, especially if you have a demanding job or children to care for, to cover the cost of meals out and entertainment – because you’re definitely going to need more of it right now. To be honest, it would be best to set aside an additional 30 days of convenience money to keep things easy while you move in as well.
RELAX. Do not move and pack 7 days in a row. Every 3 or 4 days, stop. You will burn out if you just keep going. Even if you stop at noon one day, give yourself a long stretch of doing something relaxing and rejuvenating. Get a massage, go see a movie, workout, take a hike.. anything that gives you a deep breath.
Moving doesn’t have to be another thing you dread. With the right planning and help, it can be a pretty simple and low stress situation. So whether you’re buying, selling or even remodeling, Unique Home Builders are here to support you along the way. Please contact us and let us know how we can best serve you!