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12 Steps to a Stress-free Move

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Near the top of everyone’s list of least favorite things to do, is moving. Whether it is a move across the street, to the other end of the same city or across countries or even continents, the misery is the same.

Are you suffering from pre-moving day stress?

Luckily, there are some ways to make this trek with all your worldly belongings a little less painful.

  1. Sort all your stuff. It’s truly amazing what we can collect over time. And depending on the size of our families, these items can quickly multiply. This is the perfect time to get rid of extra clutter. It’s time to be ruthless and clean out your closets, drawers, and sheds. How many vases do you really need? Is it worthwhile to hang on to those books you’ll never read again? And maybe it’s time to part with that coat you haven’t worn in 4 years. It’s important to cut down on the items you’ll be moving, so be strong and donate, sell or trash. Sort by category and keep like items together, such as gardening tools, seasonal décor, books and documents, toiletries. It’ll make the packing and most importantly, the unpacking, a lot easier.
  2. Plan the Moving Day A day mid-week and not at month’s end will make it easier to line up movers. Everyone seems to move at month’s end and movers book up quickly.  Makes some calls to compare rates. It’s also a good idea to check any recommendations or references they may provide. If you are relying on family and friends, the more hands the better! Don’t forget to reward them with a meal such as pizza and drinks, half way through the loading to keep everyone fueled and hydrated.
  3. Create a master Moving List  There are so many things to consider when you are moving, beyond the actual packing, that it’s easy to miss something. It’s a good idea to set up a timeline where you can check off what’s done, and easily see what still needs doing. Items to include: Set Yard Sale Date (if having one), which leads to cleaning and pricing items, obtaining signs and tables, and advertising; arranging for utility hook-ups, and notification of move out day; change of address at Post Office, and setting aside time to purchase any items needed before moving into the new home.
  4. Pack a Moving Day Box Fill a clear tote with items that you might need right away when you get to your new home.  For example, you could include items such as paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning cloths, soaps, garbage bags and cleaning products.
  5. Pack an overnight bag Include a change of clothing, PJs and any toiletries or meds that you will need.
  6. Set aside a pail full of leaning supplies to have handy when you arrive in the new home. You’ll want to clean the bathrooms and wipe out drawers, cupboards, and closets before putting things in place.
  7. Label Boxes Keep similar items together in a box and label each box with a general description of the contents.  Use clear tape to tape the boxes shut.  It’s easier to stack closed boxes. Also, add a strip of colored tape on the top left corner of the box to indicate the room, or floor of the house it should go to when unloaded. You could differentiate between essential or non-essential items. It may seem obvious, but heavy items should go in the smaller boxes and keep the larger boxes for the lighter things.
  8. Use clear plastic bags for soft items, such as cushions, blankets, and comforters. Ziploc bags are great for keeping smaller items together.
  9. Take pictures of any electronic hookups, garden beds or furniture or picture arrangements that you want to duplicate.
  10. Buy minimal food At least 2 weeks before you move, decrease the amount of perishable food that you are buying to minimize what you’ll have to throw out before you move. Clean/defrost the fridge at least 2 days before you move.
  11. When loading the truck it’s a good idea to load the heavy furniture in first. It’s super handy to rent a dolly for moving day. It’s great for the really heavy items like appliances, but also for piling on a large group of boxes and moving them in one trip.
  12. Book a Sitter for the day or even overnight if you can. Moving day can be upsetting and dangerous for kids and pets, so arrange to have them off-site in a safe environment during the move.
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