Moving from one home to another is a complicated process that can require as much time to plan as it takes to actually move. When you have an upcoming move that you need to start planning for, there are a few steps you can take to make it less stressful.
Taking a Home Inventory
Before you put a single item in a box, the first step you need to take is to inventory your home. It may sound like a daunting task but it is actually straightforward and will help you greatly.
Taking an inventory of your home can be as simple as going around to each room with a pad and pen and writing down each item in the room, as well as what you will be doing with each item. Make a note of where it will go in your new home or if it will be going into a remote storage unit.
Don’t Take Too Many Belongings
Now that you have a list of all the things in your home, you will now want to see if there are any belongings that you won’t need in your new home. If there is old furniture, appliances, or clothing that you don’t want to bring, you can throw them away or have a yard sale to bring in a few extra dollars. Bringing as few items as possible will save you money in transport costs as well as how much time you need to spend actually moving them.
The Right Shipping Materials
By now, you should have a clear idea of exactly what you will be bringing to your new home. Now it’s time to start preparing all the materials you’ll need for moving. Packing tape, cheap moving boxes, and bubble wrap are some common items you will need to stock up on. You can find them easily from a local hardware store or moving company that sells them. Having enough moving supplies before you start will save you from having to make another trip to the store halfway through the moving process.
What to Pack First
So now you have all the things you need to start packing. Your first thought is probably where to start. When you start packing, you will want to start with the room that you use the least and the items that you won’t need right away. If you have a lot of extra clothes that you won’t need for a few days, that can be a good starting point. Other bulk items such as blankets, sheets, and extra towels can also be packed early on. If you have a basement and/or attic, consider getting those areas finished in the beginning as well. That way you won’t have to worry about those rooms when you are tired and losing motivation.
Other items such as artwork, collectibles, and any jewelry should also be packed early on in the moving process. You won’t need these items right away, and they can be moved quickly and easily to your new home to get them out of the way.