If you’re planning on moving any time soon, you’re probably already stressed about it. Even though people are moving much more these days than they used to in the past, the whole process has probably never been more difficult to organize and do. There are thousands of tips that are supposed to help you move without stress, but sadly, not all of them work. We have taken it upon ourselves to come up with several fool-proof tips and tricks that will make the entire process so much easier. Here’s how you can organize your move and make it stress-free:
MAKE DETAILED PLANS
While you’re probably overwhelmed already with the list of things that have to be done before you actually move, making detailed plans will help you tremendously. The more precise you can be the better for you, so try to include dates or even times of the events that are going to take place in the future. The closing dates, date of your last day at work, date when your kids leave school, date when you can move into your new place… Once you get this done, try to fill the gaps between these dates with packing sessions. Set the date for packing different things: books, toys, kitchenware, shoes, clothes, etc.
PREPARE YOUR NEW PLACE
It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to be moving to a rental property or a fixer-upper, there’s no way that you will be able to move in like it’s a hotel. When the previous owners/tenants take their things out, clean it thoroughly, and think about painting the walls. You will likely notice that there are some minor repairs that should be done, and in some cases, you will even have to do a big remodeling project before you can move in. you don’t want to have to do any of those things when you bring dozens of boxes and you’re exhausted. If you complete everything before you move in, you’ll be able to relax after the boxes are brought. If you don’t have the time to do it on your own, consider asking friends for help or hiring professionals who will clean everything before you arrive.
While inviting friends over to help you move might seem like the easiest idea in the world. You’ll quickly earn that people are very busy and don’t have the time or the means to help you move. Besides, you don’t want anyone getting hurt by lifting heavy objects, do you? This is why you should think about hiring professional removalists to take care of all the boxes and furniture instead. Not only will professionals be able to do it much faster, but they will do it without damaging your home and without hurting themselves in the process. Look for professionals that will fit your budget, schedule them to come over, and your move will be much more efficient than you might have thought.
DON’T PAY FOR ALL SUPPLIES
Moving is expensive, more so than you might have thought at first, and you’ll notice your savings decreasing rapidly. However, you can also save a lot of money on small things if you know where to look and what to do. One of the things you don’t necessarily have to buy is boxes. Make a quick estimation on how many boxes you might need(double the number just to be on the safe side) and start hitting up your local stores. All appliance as well as department stores have hundreds, if not thousands of boxes they don’t need after they receive shipments, and they will gladly give them up if you only ask. A few of these trips to a few stores, and you’ll have plenty of boxes for exactly zero dollars.
DECLUTTER AND DOWNSIZE
One of the best things about packing for a big move is that you’ll finally be able to see just how many things you own. While some are necessary, you’ll likely notice how cluttered your space has become over time. Moving is a great chance for you to get rid of the clutter and downsize, getting rid of the belongings you neither use nor need. All that clutter should be purged from your home and not packed and taken to your next one. Organize a garage sale, list it on the internet, or donate it to someone who might need it.
While moving might be seen as one of the most stressful events in the life of pretty much every individual, it doesn’t have to be that way. A stress-free move is not something out of fairy tales, but it does require some organizing in order to work perfectly. When you have enough time on your hands to prepare everything in advance, the entire process is going to be easy and rather smooth. Even though the entire preparation is far from fun, the end result will be more than worth the struggle.
Guest Contributor: Ron Wolf