Moving can be just as frustrating as it is exciting, and you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed as you make preparations for the transition. However, you can reduce your stress and make the entire moving process run more smoothly by following these ten helpful tips.
Get rid of any belongings you no longer need before you begin packing, to reduce the amount of things you need to move.
Pack One Room at a Time
Start with one room in your current home and finish packing it before moving on to the next. This will keep you focused and make unpacking at your new home easier. Label each box with the name of the room in, which it belongs, so that you can put each box in the appropriate room while unpacking.
Follow the 30 Pound Rule
Keep each box under 30 pounds to avoid injuries when lifting, and to prevent the bottom of the box from bursting open.
Create “Open First” Boxes
As you pack each room, place essential items that you will need right away into separate boxes labeled “Open First.” This way, these items will be easy to find at your new home. Pack these items last, but don’t forget to use separate boxes for each room.
Utilize Towels and Clothing
To reduce the number of boxes you need, use towels and clothing to cushion fragile items; using these items instead of newspaper or bubble wrap means you’re packing more personal belongings into one box.
To keep electronic cords from getting mixed up, label each cord with the name of the device to which they belong, and, if possible, use painter’s tape (which doesn’t leave sticky residue) to tape the cords to their respective devices.
Mark Fragile Boxes
Use the darkest marker you can find to mark boxes with fragile contents. This will ensure movers see that the contents of the box are fragile, and will hopefully handle the boxes accordingly.
Stack Boxes by Weight
When stacking boxes in the moving truck, place heavy boxes on the bottom and light boxes on top to prevent crushing.
Use the Best
If using a moving company, be sure to use a company that is reputable and well reviewed by other customers. Do not trust a company with a bad reputation to handle your possessions.
Change Your Address
Notify the United States Post Office of your upcoming move 30 days prior to moving to ensure your mail is sent to the correct address. You can do this online in just a few minutes by clicking here. Update your address for all other companies and your friends or family as soon as you’ve completed the move.