Whether you’re going across town or across the nation, moving an entire household can bring on meltdowns, even among the best of us. But by starting the planning process as soon as you realize you’ll be moving, you can minimize stress and boost the probability that everything will go smoothly on moving day and later. Read on for 10 ways to get ready for the big move.
Picture how you need your new house to feel. The best thing you can do to get ready for any movement is to give up excess possessions. Get motivated to clear clutter by viewing this as an chance to streamline your possessions and forego stuff you are wishing you could get rid of. Now’s your chance!
Whenever you’re thinking about whether to maintain an item, envision packaging it, physically transporting it from your old house to the new one and unpacking it. Is it worth the effort? How would it make you feel to find this item on your brand new house — if the solution is “weighted down,” let this be your cue to let it all go.
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Start with the Digital movement. If you aren’t currently in the habit of backing up your information, now’s the time to invest in an external hard drive or register for an online data storage services. Knowing your personal computer files and digital photographs are safely backed up can have a massive burden off your shoulders.
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Organize your cords now for simpler setup later. Tag each cable with the name of the device it belongs to and you won’t have to worry about looking for the 1 cord you need. For devices that have several cords, use colored dot stickers to label each cord and the hole it sticks into on the rear of the device. Then when you head to reconnect it after the move, you can save yourself the frustration of figuring out exactly what goes where.
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Gather important papers in a fireproof lock box. Like backing up personal files, saving significant documents in a lock box is something that we all should be doing, whether or not a move is in the not too distant future. Gather birth certificates, passports and other critical documents and sensitive financial documents on your box. When moving day arrives, this box should come with you on your car (or put the contents of it on your carry-on bag if flying).
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Streamline DVD and CD collections. If you’ve got a massive movie or music collection, save a few boxes by moving the disks into binder sleeves and discarding the cases. If you currently have your music collection on your computer, look at getting rid of the CDs completely.
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If you have not used it in years, do not move it. Lots of items in our garages, attics and basements sit untouched and forgotten about for many years on end — that raises the issue, why are we holding onto this stuff? If you can not even recall the last time you wished to use something, get rid of it. Once you’ve pared down things, things in the storage areas of your house can be packed and labeled for the move.
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Use a simple labeling system. Attempt color-coding box tags based on which room the box will enter, and then number each box. Keep another record with a listing of the contents of each numbered box. Then when you’re unpacking, you can simply check your master list to determine which box you need. I’ve used the numbering system for several moves now, and it works like a charm.
Product pick: These color-coded labels are intended for cords, but they’re also handy for labeling the tops and sides of your moving boxes.
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Clear the exterior zones. There is something really exhausting about needing to handle all that outdoor stuff in the close of the packaging procedure, however for some reason this is often the final place to be packed up. Make things a bit simpler by giving the outdoor areas of your own home a walk-through now, pulling aside whatever’s junky, broken or won’t be required at the new location.
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Stay organized with a moving thing. Info from your truck or moving rental business, to-do lists, your master packing checklist and a zip-top bag with memory sticks or other personal computer data backup can all be stashed inside. Closer to your move date, tuck in a folder with present bills, stamps along with your checkbook. Make sure you maintain this thing with you at all times throughout the move.
For long-distance moves, you may also need to add flight info and vaccination records if you’re traveling with pets.
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Start a stash of essentials. There is nothing worse than arriving in the new house and having to scramble to locate basics like toilet paper, pajamas and coffee for your morning. Select a place to begin collecting all those little items you will want access to right away when you proceed (a cleaned-out cupboard works nicely) so it’s possible to organize your essentials as you’re still using them.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
One stack of dishes or some of disposablesA teakettle and French-press coffee maker
Fundamental tools (screwdrivers, a hammer etc.)Trash bagsBox cuttersLightbulbsA few rolls of toilet paper and paper towelsA shower curtainBath towelsA collection of sheets for every bedCurtains for your bedrooms (if you know the dividers will soon be bare)Favourite snacksA fun movie to watch on your notebook first nightInform us : What went right (and wrong) on your final move?