An Organized Move Minimizes the Stress
Moving home is said to be one of the top most stressful experiences one can go through alongside divorce and death of a loved one. The only way to make this experience somewhat manageable is if you attack moving with an organized plan. Here are a few suggestions to help you make this transition as smoothly as possible.
Make a list of non packing essential planning:
- Hire a mover a few weeks in advance of the actual move.
- You may need to get the carpets of your new home cleaned or walls painted before you move in.
- Organize the transfer of school records if your child is moving to a new school.
- Your fridge must be unplugged and defrosted a day or so before the move.
- Purchase supplies needed:
- packing tape
- bubble wrap
- permanent markers
- Colored Stickers
- Notify utility services of your move, both the old home and the new home.
- Trash and recycle
- If you are moving out-of-town, then get prescriptions filled and transferred to a pharmacy closer to your new home.
- Notify certain Services of your move:
- Post Office
- Credit Cards
- Insurance companies
- Dispose of any flammable materials in a safe manner.
- Make advanced travel arrangements for your animals if necessary.
The Packing Process:
- Now is the perfect time for sorting and making a fresh start so use this time wisely and weed out items that need to be sold, donated or tossed.
- Pack like items, one room at a time, together and color label it correctly, including a description of its contents and the room that it is destined for.
- Don’t throw foodstuffs in a box that will end up going bad if not opened immediately. Either give it to someone or eat it up before the move.
- Mark your boxes on the top and on the side of the box, so that the box is easily identified and placed in the correct room upon arrival.
- Items in a box should be packed tightly together allowing only minimal movement within a box.
- Ensure that you put heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on the top.
- Make sure to label boxes with glass items as fragile in very clear letters.
- Bundle your breakable items such as plates. Individually wrap each item with paper and then bundle every 4 or 5 with more paper.
- Put heavy items such as books in small boxes and light items such as bedding and pillows in larger boxes.
- Stack boxes together according to the room that they will be placed in guaranteeing that they go on the truck in that order.
- Always stack the heavy boxes at the bottom and the fragile ones at the top.
- Use clear containers for items that you will need immediately at the other house.
- Dresser drawers can be moved with your clothes in. Simply cover each drawer with Glad Press ‘n Seal and everything will remain intact.
- Use clothing bags to group hanging items together and they can be transported as is. If you don’t have sufficient clothing bags, then simply use a large garbage bag to gather all your hanging items and keep hangers intact.
- If you have vacuum bags, then you can also vacuum seal out of season clothing or large bedding items such as comforters.
- Wait until you have a sufficient amount of items that you want to give away and instead of carting them over to your favorite charity give them a call about 2 weeks prior to your move and they will gladly pick up the items themselves.
- Keep a small sandwich bag for the hangers, hooks, and screws taken from each room. Label each bag with the name of the room that the items should go in.
- Clothing can be used as protective padding for kitchen glassware and clean socks can be used as padding for glasses.
- Pack an overnight bag for you and your family members with the basic necessities such as pajamas, change of clothes, and some necessary toiletries. It may be late once everything is delivered and you will be too exhausted to dig around boxes looking for those items.
Please remember it is always quicker to do things the easier way and cut corners. I have unfortunately witnessed way too often how those mistakes get carried over into the new home. Boxes not marked or filled with non-essential clutter never get opened and land up in the garage; things not protected properly get broken and the result is a financial loss; and boxes left unopened with perishables end up rotting and causing unwanted house guests to move in. Instead take your time, plan in advance , and tackle your move in an organized way which will minimize your stress.