Summertime happens to be the busiest moving season, and there’s no wonder why. Moving to a mountain property in the middle of a wet and snowy season can be stressful. Not to mention the summertime has the benefit of being the end of another school year, having more daylight, and mild weather. Getting ready for a move can be an exciting time, and although there can be some nightmares to the process, it’s a myth that moving has to be a stressful experience. So how do you achieve the perfect stress-free move?
Taking ample time to prep for your move will make all the difference in the end. Before you collect your packing supplies and even before you hire movers, assess your space, items, and time.
1. How much is coming with you? Save yourself time and money by purchasing an accurate amount of boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and whatever else you feel you might need to move your belongings safely. To do this, take account of the number of items in every single room. After your initial assessment, sort out your belongings into three categories:
What’s moving with you?
What’s being donated or gifted?
What’s being thrown away?
Once you’ve determined what items are coming with you, you’ll be able to get as much or as little supplies as you need. Don’t underestimate the importance of oddly shaped or old boxes. They’ll come in handy as you pack away the items you’ve decided to donate or gift away. Having those particular items in a few boxes ready to move will make it easier to get them quickly and cleanly out of your home. Then you’re off to the right start!
2. Are you hiring professional help? You might be thinking of moving on your own, or with the help of friends and family. Although doing the work yourself is always an option that will save you money, it might not save you from stress. If you’re moving a copious amount of items, or have a lot of junk to dispose of, you might think about hiring a company to remove at least those unwanted items for you. There’s no harm in getting quotes from several reputable moving companies. Plan ahead in whatever you decide. The best moving companies will most likely be booked out far ahead of time, especially during the warmer season.
3. Do the research. Not all movers are created equal. Some companies are better than others and you’ll have to figure out which companies you can trust in your area. Damages can be expected during any move, but you shouldn’t be panicked or worried about the safety and care of your belongings in general.
4. Pack strategically. It’s daunting to look at your belongings as a whole. Instead, break up those belongings room by room. There should be a method to the packing madness. Start with rooms you use less frequently, moving on to rooms you use on a daily basis. If possible, save yourself from future stress by color coding each room, adding a color marking to each side of a box. As you move those items into your new space, it’ll be easier to establish what goes where. Be helpful to yourself by:
Taking pictures of electronic wiring
Not overpacking your boxes
Leave fragile items for last
Make a “to-do” checklist for each room
5. Keep a box of essentials. There’s nothing worse than getting close to moving day only to realize you need something specific that’s been packed away into a box. If you want a truly stress free move, plan to have a box or container set aside for the essential day to day items. This should include anything you know you can’t live without, from medications to a spare set of clothing for your moving day. Apart from that, keep a well-stocked toolbox handy for the entirety of the moving process. You never know when you’ll need spare nails, a hammer, stucco, or a random assortment of twist ties.
6. Load up the moving truck with your new space in mind. If you’re moving without the help of professionals, try and plan out how you’ll load up your boxes on the actual moving day. It might not always pan out, but clustering boxes by room can help you in the unloading process. It can ease your stress to know that not only is every box accounted for, but unloading and staging each room with it’s coordinating boxes immediately can save you from future confusion.
7. Don’t wait to the last minute. There’s never a point in creating further moving stress for yourself by having a mad dash to pack last minute. If you’re a packing procrastinator, create a packing calendar for yourself. Follow your schedule as closely as possible. The moment you’ve settled on a moving day date, it’s time to start getting your non-essentials packed away. The more time you give yourself to pack your home away properly, the lesser the chances that your belongings will be damaged in the process.
A lot of moving stress happens after your moving date. Here are some tips to get you quickly settled into your new home.
1. Unpack your frequently used spaces first. Your kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms should be the first rooms you unpack. Not living out of boxes will alleviate your overall stress as you unpack your larger, or less frequently used items.
2. Evaluate your new space. Sometimes we underestimate the amount of storage space we’ll have in our new homes. If that’s the case, don’t unpack all your miscellaneous boxes until you’ve settled on where they’ll go. If certain items won’t have a home, there’s no need to unpack them until you make room, or decide you no longer need them.