Top 5 Moving Secrets
Moving to a new home can be a huge adventure, especially if you are traveling a long distance away. There are a lot of people who are constantly moving and who have got the entire process down to a science, but there are many more who have lived in their current homes for a long time and who get very stressed about the idea of having to pack up their belongings and having to find the best movers to help them. You don’t have to be stressed about moving! These top five moving secrets will help you to transform the process from something scary to something that’s actually refreshing and enjoyable.
Secret 1: The Checklist
Many of us are nowhere near as organized as we’d like to be. Life often makes it difficult to get organized and to stay that way, but when it comes to moving the best secret is to get as organized as possible, starting with a checklist. Look at a checklist as your foundation for your move. It will have a list of everything that you need to do, in the order that you need to do it, so that you can always look to the list if you’re confused about what you’ve already done or what still needs to be done.
But where do you get the checklist? There are actually a number of websites online that provide excellent basic checklists to start with, and you can even talk to the moving company that you’ve hired to see if they have any recommendations.
Secret 2: Removing Emotion
One of the most difficult things to do when it comes to moving is to package up everything that you currently have in your home. Instead of trying to package up everything, leaving more for the moving company to do, try to remove emotion from your choices. As you’re packing each item ask yourself if it’s something you’ve used recently, will use in the very near future, or if it’s something that you simply don’t need anymore. The more clutter you get rid of, the less the quote for moving will be and the less you’ll have to unpack once you get to your new home!
Secret 3: Use the ABC System
The best movers out there can do just about everything you’ll need them to do – but they can’t prioritize your life. That’s what you need to do and what will help you to keep things organized. Unpacking is almost always a longer process than packing, but if you prioritize things – marking contents that are very important with an A, those that are less important with a B, and those that you really don’t need in awhile with a C, you’ll know what things need to be unpacked first so that you can get to unpacking the necessities and can then work your way down to things that aren’t as important.
Secret 4: Wrapping Paper
It’s common reflex to grab newspaper when it comes time to wrap things, but it’s important to know that anything that you have wrapped in newsprint will need to be cleaned after it is unpacked because the ink will go onto the item that you pack. Most people don’t realize that the best movers use unprinted newsprint when it comes time to wrap things up. If you want to keep things like your plates and dishes clean see if you can get packing paper from your moving company. You may want to ask the company when you get a quote for moving if the quote includes packing supplies or not. If you can’t get paper from your moving company you can use Kraft paper which can be found at most hobby stores. This helps to keep your belongings protected while, at the same time, making it much faster to unpack.
Secret 5: Overnight Survival Kit
The moving company will do everything they can to get your belongings to you in the time that they quoted that they would, but accidents do happen and sometimes they’re unable to get there right on time. To minimize stress, pack an overnight survival kit! Include things that you’ll need to make the first night in your new home comfortable, such as some sheets and towels, toiletries, a few blankets, toilet paper, pen and paper, some games or reading material for people, and pajamas and a change of clothing for the next day. This way even if your belongings do not arrive on time you can be comfortable the first night in your new home.
Moving doesn’t have to be a huge stress-related ordeal. When you use these tips and hire the best movers you’ll find that the process can be a very smooth one and can be the perfect way to transition from one part of your life to another.