Anyone who has ever suffered the aggravations of moving-house would not be surprised to find that a survey of one thousand Americans found that they ranked moving as the most stressful event of their lives. More so than getting divorced, having a baby, or getting married, in that order.
Fortunately, you can alleviate most of the stress from your next home move by taking some time to be prepared. Keep reading to learn more house moving tips that you can use to make your next move a breeze.
Get Organized and Make a Plan
You should make your moving plan at least two months before your move. This will allow you to develop realistic timelines for every task you must accomplish before moving-house.
The first thing to do is take a total inventory of your belongings. You don’t have to itemize every sock and spoon, instead, think in bigger units. For example, count two drawers of cutlery, three bookcases of books, two closets of clothes, etc.
This will give you the information you need to craft a plan, but it will also help you estimate house moving costs and whether you need to hire commercial movers. Don’t forget to include on your list important pre-move tasks, like transferring your utilities. Then, once you have a detailed list of all the tasks and their timelines, start to plot out your moving schedule in weekly or daily increments.
Most people handle their stress by avoiding it like the plague. Unfortunately, with moving (and most other things), this only exacerbates the hassle. Instead, take little bites of your enormous task every day for a month or two before your move.
Start with things you interact with the least. For example, seasonal clothes, like puffy winter jackets when not in use, or books you’ve already read. Then, label everything, but remember to leave boxes un-taped so you can access the contents if needed.
Starting before the stress kicks in and you don’t have a timeline breathing down your neck ensures that you take your time and do it right.
Purge Old Belongings
Nothing is more frustrating than unpacking your things after yesterday’s house move to find your old house’s garbage nestled in among important stuff. That’s why an important part of the home moving process is pre-sorting your belongings into keep, trash, or donate.
A good guideline is to get rid of anything that you wouldn’t realize was missing. That sweater in the bottom of your drawer that you never look at, let alone wear? Donate it.
The spices you picked up three years ago that have never left the back of the shelf and are now strangely all coagulated into one giant mass? Toss it.
Moving-House Doesn’t Have to Cost Your Sanity
Many parts of moving are stressful precisely because they are out of your control. However, by keeping your end organized, you ensure that you’re better equipped to handle the unexpected issues when moving-house, instead of running around putting out fires.
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