My Top 5 Moving Tips
I don’t normally post on the weekend but since we didn’t get internet connected in the new house until Friday afternoon, and schedule conflicts, I couldn’t finalize the post until today. The move went really smoothly but as all moves do, it took way longer than we expected, especially the putting together of our furniture, but we are finally all moved in and all that’s left is making it feel like a home.
I’m about to blow your mind right now, are you ready? I have moved 14 times in the last 5 years. I would assume that I’d be awesome at it by now, but I’m not. I still get stressed and freaked out from all the chaos and leave a lot of it until the very end but I have picked up some pretty good tips a long the way that I would like to share with you my lovelies.
Give Yourself the Right Amount of Time
In the past I would start packing way to soon because I really like to be organized and prepared. Turns out there can be too much of a good thing. When you start too soon it becomes a long, dragged out process that you’re sick of days before the move even happens. On the other hand, if you wait too long and do it a night or two before then that’s just a recipe for stress and things getting lost. For a single person or small family I’d say a week is good. For a larger family, give yourself two weeks.
Find Your Style
I like to pack with people and in an organized manner. My boyfriend likes to pack alone and at the last minute. You can see how we would clash. Everyone packs different so if you’re moving with someone give each other space and it will all work out.
Pack it Properly
A general rule is to keep everything from one room packed together and label the boxes. I’ve heard of people colour coding boxes with stickers but that’s even too much for me. Maybe it’s because I like the excitement of opening a box and not knowing what’s in it, it’s like Christmas! Just make sure not to pack any boxes too heavy and if anything is mucho important to you pack it separately and move it yourself if you can. Also, pack all the things you’ll need in the next couple days (clothes, screws, tools, measuring tapes, anything for work) in a very special spot so you know exactly where they are and you’ll save yourself a ton of worry.
I hired movers once when I was in college. It was two guys and a van, they showed up hours late and were hung over but at least I didn’t have to lift anything heavy. Since then I’ve never used movers until this last time. We hired professionals and it was the best money ever spent. It takes so much stress off of you and lets face it, there’s enough stress already happening you don’t need to add more. If you’re moving a long distance get insurance for your stuff or, like I said before, move anything important yourself. Then just sit back and let them do all the hard work like carrying a pull out couch up a flight of stairs.
Have a Drink
Remember that it’s just a move and it’s all just stuff. You’re starting a new part of your life and this time should be exciting. Keep the arguments to a minimum and if they do arise say you’re sorry. Lastly, keep a bottle (or two) of wine near by and it will all be good.
Moving can be super stressful but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you take care of your things and have a little fun everything should come out right in the end.