Reducing the Stress of Moving
Few people enjoy moving to a new home. It’s a lot of work to pack your possessions and unpack them at a new place. Relocating your family can feel stressful and overwhelming. Here are a few tips to make moving easier and help the experience go a lot smoother.
Make Moving Easier by Planning Ahead
The experience will be more stressful if you wait until the last minute to pack. Start planning as soon as you know you will be relocating. Begin by packing items you don’t use often. Start with an unused guest room or pack up belongings in the basement first.
Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need to Make Moving Easier
If you haven’t used something for a year, it’s likely you don’t need it. Most of us have things stored away in attics, basements, and cupboards that are never used. Donate or dispose of those items. You will save yourself a lot of time and effort by not packing stuff you don’t need.
Use Quality Boxes
You might be able to get used boxes from friends or your local supermarket. If you want to make sure your belongings are safe, use quality boxes and packing tape that has been specifically made for moving. Trying to save a few dollars could result in damage to your belongings.
Pack Frequently Used Items in a Clear Bin
If you pack everyday items like cookware and toiletries in a moving box, it will be hard to find them when you arrive at your new home. Instead, pack necessary items in a clear plastic bin. This will stand out from the cardboard boxes and you will be able to see inside with a glance. Essential items like laptops, phone chargers, and a change of clothes should go into a bag you have constant access to.
Make Moving Easier with Labels
Another great moving tip is to label boxes by room. Writing the room on the side of boxes is common, but color-coding them makes it easy to see immediately where a box belongs. This makes the job easier for the movers and will reduce the amount of time you spend hunting to find certain items.
Select the Correct Size of Box for the Items Being Packed
Overpacking a box increases the chance the box will break when being moved. Under-packing wastes space and is structurally unsound. An under-packed box can be crushed if a heavier box is stacked on top of it. Instead, use the right box for the items you are packing. If heavy items don’t fill the box, pack them into a smaller box that is a better fit.