14 Easy steps that will make moving a snap!
Most people fret moving day. It's chaotic, it's messy, it takes way longer than planned, and when you finally get to your new home you can't find anything you need. Well guess what? It doesn't have to be this way! Follow these easy steps and your moving day will be a snap!
1.Pack an overnight bag of essentials.
your bag should include basic personal items such as pajamas and a change of clothes for the next day, soap and shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, make up remover, medications, and towels.
Before you pack decide what items you no longer need and sell, donate, or give them away to friends. This will prevent you from spending time packing and moving items you'll just end up getting rid of anyways.
3. Pack items you will need right away in a clear plastic bin.
Things you may need right away include a tool kit for re-assembling furniture, a clean set of bed sheets, and dishes and cutlery so you can have dinner, because you will be hungry! If you have kids consider putting in some coloring books, games, and snacks to keep them busy while you unpack.
4. Defrost your fridge.
This should be done at least 24 hours in advance so you can wipe up any liquid before moving it, and thus prevent a big mess.
5. Don't go shopping close to moving day.
Do your last grocery trip about 2 weeks before moving so all your food should be gone by moving day and you won't have to worry about packing it.
6. Take photos of how your electronics are connected.
When you set them up at your new home you will be able to see exactly how they were connected.
7. Label Cords.
Use tape to wrap the cords and label them so you will know what appliance they belong to later.
8. Start early.
Begin packing items you rarely use a few weeks in advance to lessen the work load.
9. Keep screws safe.
When dis-assembling furniture place all the screws in a sandwich bag and tape it the the corresponding furniture pieces.
Pack small items in large boxes and large/heavy items in small boxes. Heavy items can also be packed in suitcases with wheels for easier transportation.
11.Save on bubble wrap.
Wrap your breakables in clothing, and place paper or foam plates between you ceramic plates to keep them from breaking.
12.Label your boxes correctly.
Label your boxes on the sides, not the tops. Write what's in the box and the room it goes in, that way it can be placed in the correct room right away. You can also use colored tape to color-code your boxes with their corresponding rooms (blue for bathroom, yellow for kitchen, etc.)
13.Keep your mattress clean.
Wrap both sides of your mattress in old fitted sheets to keep it clean. Put your bed in the moving truck LAST so you can unpack it FIRST. Bring it straight to the bedroom and put someone in charge of setting it up right away. At the end of the day, having your bed ready to sleep in will be the only thing that matters to you.
14. Keep your helpers happy.
If you are enlisting the help of your friends be sure you are completely packed by the time they arrive. Last minute packing often takes quite a bit longer than expected, and no one likes to wait around. Be sure to order some pizzas and have beverages available for everyone (a good agent will do this for you!)
Be sure to read my other blog posts for even more great moving advice and tips. If you have some great tips of your own please feel free to share them in the comments!