So you’re finally moving into your new home? It is one of the most exciting times. But it could also overwhelm you, especially if you’ve never tried moving before. It will consume your time, too — with all the planning, packing, moving, and cleaning necessary to ensure a proper transition from one location to another. After all, you’re not just moving your belongings. You’re basically packing up your entire life to move on to a new beginning.
So whether you’re someone who is starting a family, moving a family or all by yourself, these five tips will make your move more efficient and less chaotic.
#1. Make a list
For all those who have moved to a new home before, you know the process could easily make you forget things. That is why you should write an inventory to help you track all your items and make sure nothing is left behind. This will also make your moving super organized. So get a pen and paper and start writing everything down. Here are some options.
- make a computer-printed checklist or to-do list
- write it down on a notebook (spiral-bound is highly recommended).
- number every box
- create an inventory of your items according to the number of the box where you’ve placed them. (This helps you find what you are looking for as you settle in)
- check every completed task on the list
#2. Label your boxes
Packing is arguably the most exasperating part of moving. It can be tedious and can drive you to madness, especially when you have a whole house to pack with very few boxes to store away your belongings. That is why it is necessary to have an organized way of packing your stuff. One way is to label your boxes.
When you pack your things, always remember that you will have to unpack them once you arrive at your new home. To avoid the hassle of trying to figure out where you’ve stored which things, label your boxes properly. Labeling your boxes will help you know what’s inside them. You can store related items in one box to avoid confusion. Then write on the box what’s inside them and which room you took them from. To be more efficient, you can also write on the box which room you intend to place those items.
Also, be more specific in labeling your boxes. Phrases like “Kitchen Dishes” and “Kitchen Storage Containers” is more helpful than “kitchen stuff.”
#3. Safeguard your valuable items
Moving into another home means bringing your most cherished memories with you. When storing your valuable possessions, such as antiques, picture frames, silverware, and other collections, it’s best to pack them separately from your other belongings. Make sure to use a bubble wrap for breakable items. You can use some of your clothes as wrapping and save on bubble wrap. This will help lessen the load in your suitcases.
#4. Don’t Procrastinate on Packing
Packing will take a lot of your time. If you’re a procrastinator, you may soon find yourself drowning in a lot of to-do chores and, in the process, forget some of the most important things. That is why you have to start packing as soon as you have determined and confirmed the moving date.
Packing uncommonly used items first will help you save time on a moving day. If you’re unsure which to pack first, consider these points:
- Out of season clothing, decorations, and supplies
- Spare bathroom and guest bedroom
- Book collections and miscellaneous collections
- Sports equipment
- Artwork and picture frames
So basically, all the things in your home that you love, but don’t need.
#5. Pack your survival bag
The process of moving can be so tiresome that you might not want to unpack immediately once you’ve finally settled in. Packing all of your essentials in an easily accessible bag or box will help you survive a night or two in your new home.
Your survival bag will include a change of clothes, toiletries, and other things you might need at work, such as your laptop. You could also put some kitchen utensils like your mugs, plates, spoons and forks, and kettle in a separate and easily accessible container.
While you’re at it, include your sugar, milk, coffee or tea — you might want to have a drink once you get there. You should also keep your important documents, such as certificates, contracts, and other pertinent papers, with you when moving. Never leave them with the movers or in random boxes.
And lastly, don’t forget to update your billing address.