Moving can be a giant pain in the butt. Not only do you now have to spend the time packing up all of your belongings—and let’s face it, there’s a ton of them—but you’ll also need to plan and prepare so that the actual move goes smoothly.
While there is stress involved with moving, there are certain things you can do to make the move easier, and the following are just a few tips.
Stock up on boxes and newspaper.
Buying boxes from moving companies can be expensive, so if you know you’re going to move, one of the best things you can do is to start stockpiling them as soon as possible. Make sure that you save any boxes you receive from shipments, and ask friends and family members to save boxes for you too. You can also ask your boss if it will be okay for you to snag the boxes that arrive at the office. By stocking up on boxes before the move, you’ll not only be able to start packing sooner, but you’ll save a great deal of money in the process.
Along with boxes, you’ll also want to stock up on newspaper so that you can wrap up your fragile items. Start a pile of newspaper and keep it somewhere with your boxes. And like boxes, make sure to ask friends and family members to save their newspapers for you too.
Start packing early.
The worst thing you can do is to wait to the last minute to move. Instead, you want to make sure that you start packing as soon as you possibly can. Make sure to label the boxes by room so that you have an idea of what’s inside, and start packing anything that you don’t use on a regular basis. For example, extra bedrooms, attics, basements and storage closets are all good places to start. From there, you can move on to other rooms of the house and pack items that you don’t use. The more you can get packed prior to moving day, the less stressed out you’ll be.
Leave items in dresser drawers.
Instead of wasting moving boxes on items inside your dresser, simply remove the drawers with the stuff inside and move them as is. This way, you don’t need to worry about packing all the items up, as the drawers serve as moving containers for you.
Throw stuff away.
We all tend to hoard certain items, but moving is the best time to start purging. If you don’t use something or if it’s broken, don’t take it with you and instead throw it away or donate it to someone else. The less stuff you have to move, the easier your move will be.
Plan out moving day.
It’s very important that you also plan your moving day. If you need to hire movers or rent a truck, make sure you do this well before moving day arrives. If you want help, make sure that you ask your friends and family members sooner rather than later if they’ll be willing to help you. You’ll also want to make sure that you have everything packed before movers arrive, and you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of water and snacks on hand for everyone to enjoy.
Jacob Smith works with a moving company in Phoenix. He enjoys blogging about packing and moving tips in his spare time.