Few things are more stressful than moving. There are expenses to consider, a million logistics to manage, and boxes upon boxes of your most precious items to keep track of, so it makes sense that moving tends to seriously stress people out.
Fortunately, a lot of that stress can be significantly reduced with the right planning, preparation, and organization. But with so many moving parts, it’s tough to even think about how and when to start planning and the best organization steps to take. Lucky for you, you don’t have to.
We pulled together our foolproof tips for reducing the stress of moving and maximizing the feel-good vibes that come with starting a new chapter. Simply apply the following tricks to make your move as smooth and as stress-free as possible.
Minimize and Declutter
The fewer items you have, the less stuff you have to move, so decluttering should be your first step in the moving process. This is the time to bring out your ruthless inner-Marie Kondo and let go of any and all items that don’t have a distinct purpose or bring you joy.
A simple way to do this is to get three boxes with the labels: Keep, Trash, and Donate. Go through your space room by room, tossing items into the appropriate box. Starting this process early will allow you to work on just one area or room per day, making the process way less overwhelming.
Organize Your Cupboards and Drawers
It might seem silly to organize a space that you’ll soon be moving out of, but it’ll actually make the move way easier. Items in cupboards and drawers often get lost in the move because they’re typically small, loose, and easily overlooked and forgotten, despite how essential they may be.
To prevent losing your essentials, grab some organizing containers (old gift boxes are great for your drawers) and go through every cupboard and drawer, putting things like hair tools, cleaning supplies, and skincare products in their own designated space. This way, you can simply seal the containers and transport them to your new space without worrying about losing anything.
Get to Labeling
When it comes to moving and unpacking, there’s no greater tool than an organized labeling system. Labeling can feel pretty tedious at times, but it’ll seriously expedite the unpacking process once you’re in your new place and prevent you from digging through a ton of different boxes to find things you need.
But don’t simply label boxes with things like “cleaning supplies” and “clothes”; to really make things easy on yourself, get colored stickers for each room in the house and add them to the label. Doing so will ensure you know what’s in the box and where to put the box when moving it into your new spot.
Check Off Your Admin Boxes Early
Nothing crushes the excitement of a new move quite like settling into your new place only to realize that you can’t use the internet or watch TV to unwind, so take care of all of these tasks in advance.
Cable and internet companies often need a couple of weeks before they can come in and install new systems, so make installation appointments early. In addition to those appointments, be sure to change your address with the post office to forward your mail to your new place.
Start Packing ASAP
The earlier you start packing, the less stressful and overwhelming the packing process will be. Ideally, you can begin packing four-six weeks before your move, which will allow you to pack (and label!) one or two boxes at a time, ensuring you have the time and patience to do it carefully and thoughtfully.
That being said, be sure to get all of your moving supples six-eight weeks in advance. Boxes and packing tape are a given, but you should also get items like bubble wrap for your valuables and cling wrap for smaller or spillable items, like liquids and jewelry.
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