Thursday, December 27, 2018 / by Trish Ford
Your search is finally over. The house of your dreams is now yours, the deal is done, and it is time to transition into your new life in your new abode. As thrilling as it is to think of getting life started at the new place, there's an ugly task you have to get through first: Moving. According to The Atlantic, the average American moves at least 11 times in their life, but that's not to say it ever gets any easier, but it does not have to be as intimidating as expected.
1. Schedule, Plan, Plan, Plan
Create a schedule that includes a timeline of when pertinent steps in the process will take place. Your schedule or timetable should show things like:
- What day you will be moving
- When you will pack what room
- Which days you intend to have certain tasks accomplished (i.e. cleaning out the fridge or collecting donation items.)
The more detailed your schedule, the less moving will look like a monumental task and the more it will look like a series of smaller events, which is far less overwhelming.
2. Collect All Moving Supplies in Advance
Get everything you need to pack your stuff in the house before you get started. Boxes, packing tape, filler material, markers, labels—having everything first will save time later. You won't be stopping amid packing to fetch more supplies. Use a calculator like this one from Moving.com to help you figure out how many boxes you will need.
3. Leave Dresser Drawers Filled
There's really no reason to empty all of your drawers into other containers; the drawers of dressers, chests, and nightstands are containing receptacles all on their own. Simply run some plastic wrap around the dresser to keep drawers securely closed.
4. Purge & Donate
It kind of goes without saying, but the less you have to move, the less of a job it will be. Plus, the easier it will be to unpack and organize when you get to the new place. Schedule a day on your timeline to specifically work on purging and donating or trashing what you can let go of.
5. Spring for a Professional or a Moving Truck
People don't like having to help move, even though some will do so out of love. To truly simplify the moving process, if you can afford it, go ahead and pay to hire professional movers. This one thing can save you a lot of stress and time. If there's no room for a full crew of moving pros in the budget, at the very least, pay to rent a moving truck.