Whether it’s across town or across the world, moving can be a stressful experience. It can be easy to forget about the excitement of a new home and new adventure when you’re staring at a giant pile of boxes, wondering where to start.
Below are some tried-and-true tips to help you get (and stay) organized during your move, so you can relax and focus on the thrill of what’s to come.
Plan Ahead & Book Early
This probably seems a little obvious but the further ahead you plan, the less stress you’ll put on yourself during the actual move.
Once you have a new home secured and you’ve given notice to your landlord (if applicable), your next step should be to reserve your moving truck. Call around and find the best rates. You may also want to consider getting the truck the day before your big move, which will allow you to take your time in loading and organizing the truck. Be sure to call a few days prior to your move to confirm your appointment, just in case.
If you can make it work into your budget, you may also want to consider hiring professional movers. Now this blogger has a herniated disc in her back so the last time I had a big move, I paid for movers to come and unload my truck. They did all the heavy lifting and brought everything up three flights of stairs, all for the bargain price of around$100.
Movers can be as affordable as you want them to be, with most working by the hour. Save your back (and your walls, door frames, and furniture…) by paying professionals to carry in the big stuff. Just be sure to do your research and find a reputable company that guarantees their work. Book them early and call the week prior to your move to confirm your appointment.
Once those two are out of the way, your next step is to work on all things associated with your address. You’ll want to cancel or transfer utilities and services, such as electricity or cable. Make appointments to have your new services started as soon as is convenient or necessary for you. If you’re like most of us and can’t survive without WiFi, be sure to schedule your internet installation for the late afternoon on moving day.
Don’t forget to update your address with everyone who might send you something important, especially your credit card company and financial institution. Go online and update your address directly and then head over to the USPS website here to have your mail formally forwarded. There is a small fee for doing it online but it’s worth not having to wait in line.
Start Packing NOW
Even though moving day might be weeks or months away, start packing as soon as possible. Get as many boxes and totes as you can. Then go through your entire home and determine what isn’t essential for the upcoming weeks. Open every closet, cabinet, and drawer, packing up everything that you definitely won’t need prior to the move. You can probably do without your food processor and hat collection until moving day, so pack it up!
Moving is the perfect time to purge. Don’t pay to move unused, unloved, or unnecessary items. Let go of everything that you don’t need or haven’t used in the last year. Have a yard sale or donate your gently used items to charity. Don’t forget about your pantry! Do you really want to move all that Hamburger Helper that you probably weren’t ever going to make anyways? Bag it up and drop it off at the local food pantry. They will be grateful for your donation and it will be one less thing for you to move.
You might also find yourself shocked at how much trash you’ll throw away when you move. When you start that process early it can save you from a large, expensive final trash pickup. While going through and packing up your home, keep a small bag with you for garbage (used shopping bags are great for this). When you’re done for the day, drop it in your trash can. You’ll break up the garbage a little this way and help cut down on the work during your final cleaning.
Packing is the worst. Even more so if you don’t do it right. However, if you follow these basic tips, you’ll be on your way to relaxing in your new (unpacked) home in no time!
- LABEL EVERYTHING. All totes and boxes should be labeled with what room they go in and their basic contents; i.e., “Living Room – Knicknacks – FRAGILE” or “Jimmy’s Room – Toys”
- Don’t mix rooms within the same box. This will make packing and unpacking go much more smoothly.
- Put boxes in their designated rooms. Instead of dropping all the boxes in the nearest room, put them in the rooms they are labeled to go in. This will save you time and effort when it comes to unpacking and allow you to choose what you’re unpacking first.
- Put all essentials that you will need for your first night in an overnight bag and a clear tote. You’ll want to include a change of clothes, toiletries, a roll of toilet paper, bedding, and other necessities. If your internet is being installed on moving day, be sure to put your router in here as well.
- Use wardrobe boxes to transport your hanging clothes. This will make packing and unpacking your clothes a breeze! If you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for these boxes, keep them on hangers and cover with trash bags. It’s not pretty but it will protect your clothes and save you tons of time.
These few simple tips will help your move go much more smoothly so that you can start to enjoy your new home much faster.
If you are moving to the Eau Claire, WI / Chippewa Valley region, we would be happy to assist you further with your move. Contact our office for more information on referrals, apartments, rental management, storage units, and more helpful tips.