Does your upcoming move seem like a daunting task? Moving does not have to be exhausting if you’re willing to do a little planning in advance. Here are 5 strategies to make your move almost effortless.
5 Strategies to Implement for Your Big Move
Break the Entire Move into Manageable Chunks
This first step is critical to avoid overwhelm. Use an online spreadsheet or old-fashioned pen and paper and map out a game plan for the move. Start as far in advance as possible and create a to-do list of what needs to happen to be ready for Moving Day.
You’ll want to have a checklist for 8 weeks away, 4 weeks away, 1 week away, 48 hours before moving day, and a list for Moving Day.
You can make changes to the lists as needed, but having as much planned as possible will allow you to see what needs to be done. You can accomplish everything in bite-sized tasks, keeping everything manageable and stress-free.
Decide Whether You Want Professional Movers or DIY
If you really want to make your move as seamless as possible, hiring a professional moving company is probably the right choice for you. If you’ve never used professional movers before, you may not be aware of all the services available.
You can obtain a free estimate through a business Network Moving. Whether you are moving locally or long distance, movers can provide a number of services. You can have them pack your home, transport your items to your new home, and even have everything unpacked for you. You select what you need.
If you are doing the move yourself, you need to factor in the cost of moving supplies and transportation. You also need to factor in the time of packing and unpacking and plan accordingly.
Declutter and Donate… and Defrost (The three D’s)
Far in advance of your moving day, thoroughly declutter your home. Be ruthless. Now is the time to get rid of anything that is worn out, never used, or taking up valuable space. You can donate most items, or plan a garage or yard sale. You don’t want to transport unnecessary items to your new home.
If necessary, now is the time to thoroughly clean out your refrigerator. You won’t want to worry about that close to moving day. Defrost if required. The more you prepare in advance, the happier you will be as your moving day arrives!
Take Care of Business
Arrange in advance for your utilities to be transferred. Gather all keys in one place. Remember to notify the post office and any shipping companies or online stores that you are moving.
Possible Companies to Notify:
- Your Doctor
- Insurance Company
- Automatic Delivery Companies (If you receive automatic shipments, or biweekly visits from home delivery companies, Amazon Subscribe and Save, etc.)
- Library (Oh, and make sure to return any materials before you move!)
Plan to have some change and a little cash available for expenses if you’re moving long-distance. You may want some money for tips.
If you have children or pets, plan in advance to have family, friends, or neighbors help care for them as you prepare your move. Moving can be stressful for pets too, so try to minimize the disruption by deciding early the best way to move them.
Use the 1-10-100 System for Packing
Label Your Boxes
This system not only makes your move easier it makes your life in your new home better too! You will want a variety of moving boxes and a black marker to label the boxes.
Think of the items in your home in terms of immediate use, day-to-day use, and non-essential items. Have an inventory sheet handy, or use an online spreadsheet to make an inventory of your boxes. This can also be useful for your moving company.
Your immediate use box is a collection of clothes and household essentials that you need instantly upon arrival in your new home. Label this essential box #1 because it is Priority One. If you have additional essential boxes, label them #2 all the way to 9.
Boxes starting with #10 will be important or daily use boxes. These include the majority of your clothing, kitchen gear, etc. You will want these boxes placed in your new home in easily accessible positions. Kitchen boxes in the kitchen, bedroom boxes in the bedroom.
Boxes starting with #100 are non-essential items. You do not need to worry about unpacking them in the first days you arrive in your new home. These boxes can be stored in the garage or in an out of the way portion of your home, and unpacked gradually or when you have time.
When you assign a number to each box, make a notation on an inventory sheet. Your sheet may look something like this:
Box #1 Clothes for today and tomorrow
#2 Essential kitchen food and dishes, cups, coffee pot
#3 Pet dishes and food
#10 Work wardrobe
#11 Pots and Pans
#100 Game room gear
The inventory continues as you continue to pack. Start with the non-essential boxes several weeks or months in advance, and then start building your immediate-use boxes as you near Moving Day.
Moving Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult
By planning in advance and organizing your move, you set yourself up for a positive experience. Labeling all your boxes in advance will make unpacking far less of a chore.
Consider using the services of a moving company to handle most of the labor. One final piece is to walk through your old home one last time before turning over your keys. Make sure all windows are closed, everything is off, and nothing is left behind. Your new home awaits you!