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Ready. Set. Move!

Moving can be such a hassle. There are so many moving pieces to keep track of, and there’s a lot of work to be done in preparation. And then it always turns out you’ve got way more stuff than you thought you had. On top of having to figure out how to gather up all your belongings, you then have to bribe friends and family or hire movers to help you get everything to your new home. Now once the ordeal of getting all your things into your new home, you have to unpack and settle in. There’s a lot stress to manage when you’re moving. Here are some tips to help make that process easier.


CREATE A CHECKLIST

This can be extremely helpful in keeping your move organized. Setting up a list, or multiple lists, ensures everything gets packed on time. You can have a separate list to keep track of everything being taken out of your old home and put into your new home; so you know exactly where are all your things are, and that they’ve arrived safely. A checklist will be a great way to prepare yourself for the work in front of you.


GET EXTRA SUPPLIES

As said earlier, we always seem to have more stuff than we realize we do. So it won’t hurt to get some extra boxes, tape, and packing materials for fragile items to save a you a trip in the midst of your packing. It's also smart to get a variety of box sizes. You never know what you might need. Having enough boxes and a variety of sizes will help ensure all your things arrive at your new home in one piece.


FRAGILE ITEMS

Keep your fragile items safe. Package them together to consolidate the risk of damage as much as possible. Wrap them up in newspaper, packing paper, blankets, or whatever works best for you. Mark the boxes as fragile so that whoever moves it knows to be careful.

RULES FOR BOXES

Here’s some generally good ideas for packing things up to make life easier. First off, ensure everything is labeled. It’ll be easier to bring everything to the right place in the house. Next is to put heavier items in smaller boxes. Heavier items are already hard enough to move, don’t make a box extra heavy and hard to move because it’s the size of your body. Last, if at all possible, use one box per room. It’s understandable that this could be difficult, but it could also offer the opportunity to get rid of some things you don’t need anymore.


HAVE EVERYTHING PACKED BEFORE MOVING

The day of a move is going to be stressful enough without having to rush packing, ruining your organization. Get it all done by the day before, and it will make the day go more smoothly. Just leave one separate box with all your essentials to use for the night before you move, and the first night in your new house.

We hope this list helps make your move easier. It can be stressful, but it’s also possible to reduce that stress by being prepared. Remember, the best thing you can do for your move is to be as prepared and organized as you can be. It will make your transition much easier.

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