Moving can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. There’s a reason they say it’s the third most stressful life event. But we TRULY believe that it doesn’t have to be. With the right planning, organization, and yes, a little professional help, the day can be smooth, not stressful. Here are five ways you can minimize the stress of moving day.
1. Make a checklist. And check it often.
Start a moving checklist, and be sure to keep it up-to-date and organized. One way to sort your list is by date, with tasks that need to be done one month out, two weeks out, the day before, the day of, and even the day after. You can also organize by task, such as packing, cleaning, sorting, getting moving quotes, and turning on and off utilities.Our project managers create a full on project plan for each of our client moves. It includes important logistics, such as timelines, vendor contact info, and packing inventory list, plus a list of reminders for changing the cable, updating addresses, etc.P.S. We have a FULL 8-week countdown checklist available to you for free on our home page
2. Only pack what you plan to take.
There’s no better time than a move to get rid of “items” that you no longer need (or didn’t even know you had.) Consider a Marie Kondo-style approach to purging your belongings, or create the often-recommended “trash” “donate” “sell” and “keep” piles. The key to success? Only those items that make it to the keep pile get to go with you.
3. Plan your new furniture layout in advance.
Either in person or via photos, take the time in advance to plan how the furniture will be arranged in your new space. Knowing exactly where to point the movers as they’re hauling in that giant sectional or curio cabinet will make things easier for both them and you. It also will help avoid setting down a heavy piece of furniture in the wrong spot.When we help our clients move, we sit down one-on-one with them with a floor plan, and measurements of all their furniture, so they know exactly where everything will go on moving day.Try to get your hands on a floor plan, measure all of your furniture, and each wall in your new home, and try to map out your home design long before your movers ever arrive.
4. Pack “day of” essentials bags for everyone.
You can probably live without the fine china for a few days until you can get it moved and unpacked, but you’re going to need your toothbrush right away. Have each member of the family pack an essentials bag full of items they’ll need while the move is in progress, as if they were going to a hotel. In addition to the usual suspects — clothes, toiletries, snacks — don’t forget cell phone chargers and other electronics.
5. Pack a need box.
Just like your personal essentials bag, keep a box of other items you’ll need right away handy as well. It should be packed last and unloaded first, and can include items like cleaning supplies, nails and other small tools, garbage bags, paper towels, toilet paper, scissors, pet food, and a few plates and cups.
6. Hire a move manager.
If you’ve ever wished for a packing fairy, hiring a move manager can be the next best thing. Whether you’re dealing with health issues, trying to move while working full-time, downsizing, or just dreading the entire process, a move manager can help with every detail from floor planning and correctly labeling boxes to taking care of donation runs. Knowing that someone you trust has it taken care of can be a tremendous load off your mind, and your plate.
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