When we dread something most of us put it off and save everything until the last minute. The same happens with moving. We don’t take the time to think the whole process through. The result is that we minimize what we have to get done, don’t get enough supplies and don’t give ourselves enough time to get it done. Being prepared takes the stress out of moving and allows for you to even have fun!
To be fully prepared, it is good to walk around your space opening all the drawers and doors to get a good picture of what you have to pack. This will help you determine what kind of packing materials you are going to need. It is also good to go to your new home and begin to mentally place your furniture. You can use painter’s tape and mark on the floor where you want the furniture to be set up. This way the items get put right where you want them and usually only small adjustments need to be made.
Once you know you have to move it is also good to start saving any packing materials and boxes you come across so you can re-use them. If you subscribe to a newspaper, start saving all of the old ones to use to pack your breakables. Check in with your local grocery stores as well for used boxes and newspapers. Then buy what you need from your local packaging supply store.
If time allows it is good to start packing as soon as possible. If you are unable to pack in little chunks of time, be sure to give yourself ample time to get it done. The packing portion takes the longest when it comes to moving. The average 2-bedroom house takes about 10-12 hours with 2 people doing the work. Try to keep it fun and light. Watch the way you are thinking about the move. Make the move exciting. A new chapter is opening in your life. Get enthusiastic about what is in store for you! Play music, get pizza and remember to LAUGH!!!!
This part of the moving process is a good time to take an honest look at what you are no longer using. Donate it to your favorite charity or dispose of it if it’s broken. Downsizing before you move helps you to feel lighter and freer moving into your new space.
Another part of being prepared is labeling all your boxes with their contents and what room they belong in in your new home. This alleviates having to move boxes more than once, because they get put in the right room when they come off the truck.
Be sure to pack an overnight bag of what you will need for the next day so you don’t need to stress about getting everything unpacked. That should include any needed medications and important documents. You will also want to be sure that your toolbox is handy so that you can re-assemble any furniture that you took apart.
The keys to a stress free move: Be prepared, keep it light, change your perspective and remember to have fun!