The Commonwealth Blog

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

4 Ways to Make Moving Day Easier

We all know how stressful moving can be; fitting pots and pans into boxes becomes one big puzzle and hauling books to the car seems unnecessarily evil. But moving doesn’t always have to be a stressful ordeal.

In fact, with the right mindset and preparation, moving is made simple and can be accomplished in an organized and chaos-free fashion. Follow these steps on how to make your next move smart, easy, and maybe even fun.

Steer Clear of Clutter

Now is the time to take a good hard look at the things you’ve been hoarding in your closet for the last decade. Before packing, consider which items are essential to your happiness and if they’ve recently been put to good use. Rid your space of old socks, rusty pans, and books that will never be read.

It’s okay to be brutally honest in this phase. You’ll thank yourself later when you move into your new home without having to sift through old and neglected items. 

Now that things have been sorted, decide which pieces to sell or donate. Donation centers like the Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Donation Town accept a variety of used household gems. Clothes, furniture, electronics, toys, and sporting equipment can be scheduled for pickup, and getting rid of your things is as easy as making a phone call.

Plan Like a Professional

Just like decluttering your space saves you from a potential headache, planning your move ahead of time helps prevent unwanted mayhem. Research different moving companies and call a month in advance to schedule the best time for your move. Make sure your moving company of choice is certified in your state and has a reputation for responsible handling. After all, you can’t afford to have delicate dishes tossed around when no one is looking!

It will also be beneficial to contact all utility providers so money isn’t spent on services you no longer use. Changing your home address a week in advance ensures important documents arrive safely at their new location. Taking steps such as these, while sometimes easy to forget, makes your transition less dizzying and gives you a leg up on your moving experience. So, pull out the calendar and start planning.

Find the Right Tools for the Job

A packer’s journey usually begins with boxes. There are small ones, large ones – ones with labels and color-specific tape. Basically, there are a lot of boxes out there that will get the job done. We suggest making a trip to your local liquor or grocery store to pick up recycled boxes no longer in use. Why not buy a couple of cold ones while you’re at it? Toast to all your hard work and the friends and family who’ve made your move a bit more doable and fun.

When it comes to packing strategy, there are some things all packers should know. Place heavier items like books and glassware in smaller boxes. They’ll be easier to carry, and you won’t break as much of a sweat. Consider placing books in suitcases to avoid more heavy lifting and use durable trash bags for clothing items instead. Stack dishes vertically and wrap fragile items in blankets, towels, or bubble wrap so they can endure a rickety car ride.

Alongside boxes, you’re going to want plenty of Ziploc bags for screws, chords, and miscellaneous objects. Be sure to invest in durable packing tape and label the sides of boxes to make unloading easy. Packing boxes by item type or room will make unpacking even more straightforward, and it’s a good idea to have a game plan in mind before you load up the car.

Celebrate Your Victory

Moving undoubtedly takes a lot out of you. After all the cleaning, sorting, and hauling of furniture, you deserve a break. Whether hired movers did most of the heavy lifting or your friends and family were recruited for the job, everyone deserves some type of post-moving reward.

Put thought into tipping your mover. Order a pizza and a round of drinks for friends and family. Best of all, sleep soundly in your new home knowing the bulk of work is done and that the all the planning paid off. 

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