Beth is finally enjoying the transition to her dream home. She's thrilled to share her favorite moving tips and awesome home upgrade ideas.
The day you complete your new home purchase is often one of the happiest of your life. You’re looking forward to starting a new chapter and can’t wait to get settled in. You may have even started thinking about upgrades, paint colors, and new furniture. Everything seems perfect… and then you remember that you still need to move out of your old house.
Between packing, arranging for movers, switching over utilities, and planning for the first night in your new home, it’s easy to feel completely overwhelmed. Moving your entire life from one location to another is always going to be a little bit stressful, but it doesn’t have to make you miserable.
With a little bit of planning, not only can you make your move bearable, it may even turn into a positive and rewarding experience. These 7 tips will help you set yourself up for a stress-free moving day.
1. Start Preparing Early
Your moving day will be long and exhausting. Don’t make things worse by staying up all night doing last-minute packing. Ideally, you should start packing and preparing for your move at least eight to twelve weeks in advance. This will give you plenty of time to box things up appropriately, reducing the chance of breakage on moving day. Use plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper, and clearly mark all boxes that contain fragile items.
2. Stay Organized
Moving day is hectic, and there are usually a lot of people involved. Labeling all of your boxes with the room they belong in will minimize the number of questions you need to answer and help ensure everything ends up where it needs to go. Mark the boxes that contain essentials with a star or number the boxes in order of importance. This will make a huge difference when it's time to unpack.
When you take furniture and other items apart, keep all screws and small parts in a freezer bag that’s labeled with the name of the piece it came from. If there’s an assembly manual, put that in the bag as well. Tape the bag to the proper item or keep all of the bags together in a designated box.
3. Ask for Help
Even if you’ve hired a moving company, you may need a few friends or family members to help you with your move. There will be so much to do, a few extra hands are bound to come in handy. You’ll want to pack valuables, important documents, and other essentials in your car, and may need some help with loading and unloading. It’s also nice to have help unpacking and reassembling items as they arrive.
If you have children or pets, arrange for them to stay with someone on moving day. It's safer for them, and you'll have one less thing to worry about.
4. Prepare Yourself for Chaos
Don’t do yourself the disservice of pretending the move is no big deal. It’s a major undertaking and should be treated like one. Prepare yourself mentally and you’re less likely to lose it when things get crazy.
No matter how much you plan and prep, there is going to be some chaos on moving day. Go into it expecting that things are going to go wrong and knowing that you can handle whatever comes your way.
5. Stay Calm (and Be Nice!)
No matter what happens, channel your inner Zen and stay calm. Take deep breaths, count to ten, and think before you speak. Remember that your friends and family are doing you a favor, so be nice. Refrain from yelling, snapping, or making snarky comments.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a minute to go off by yourself. Close your eyes, clear your head, and find your balance. Then get back to work!
6. Take Breaks
Your stress-free moving day will be ruined if you and your helpers get overly tired and cranky. Pace yourselves and take frequent breaks. Keep everyone hydrated and provide a cool place for them to rest.
Coffee, juice, energy drinks, and high-carb snacks like bagels will help keep everyone’s energy levels high until the move is done.
7. Show Your Appreciation
When the final box is unloaded, it’s time to celebrate. Instead of diving into an all-night unpacking session, congratulate yourself for getting through an incredibly difficult day.
Show your appreciation for your helpers by capping off the evening with a mini-party. Pack a cooler with plenty of adult beverages and order pizzas or arrange for food delivery. Not only will this give you a chance to relax and unwind, you’ll enjoy a memorable first night in your new home.
Some Final Thoughts
While there’s no guarantee you’ll have a completely stress-free moving day, following these tips will help increase your chances. No matter what happens, remember that it’s just one day and you’ll get through it one way or another. Once your move is complete, you have the rest of your life to enjoy the comforts of your new home.
Do you have any other moving-day tips to share? I would love to hear your comments!
© 2018 Beth Deyo