Moving is one of the more stressful times you will likely go through in your life. If you are feeling overwhelmed about the move, here are some tips that can make the whole process less stressful and more efficient.
1. PLAN AHEAD!
There are numerous online checklists available to plan and prepare your packing and moving process. You can select one that best suits your needs and situation and then personalize it to your liking. Here is an example of one from realsimple.com
2. PACK AHEAD
If there are any items you are able to live without for the time being, pack it away! Out-of-season clothes, extra kitchen items, backup bathroom supplies and excess towels and linens are examples of these items. Anything you can do ahead of time will save you the time and stress during the week of the move.
3. KEEP THINGS TOGETHER
During the packing process, ensure you keep corresponding items together. Electronics with their cables, loose items attached to their counterparts, lamps with lightbulbs, and books with their bookends are examples of these. Ensuring this happens, will save you time and frustration while you are unpacking!
4. USE YOUR LUGGAGE
Utilize your suitcases! Clothing, linens, towels, and paper products are perfect things to fill them with. You will be able to identify, and get to, these items much easier if they are in easily recognizable luggage.
5. STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES
As soon as the deal is done, start collecting! Boxes, masking tape, bubble wrap and wardrobe boxes will all be needed and making sure you have enough ahead of time is crucial! Once you are in the packing zone, running out of supplies will be frustrating to say the least.
6. DON'T PACK YOUR IMPORTANT PAPERWORK
During the move, and likely right afterwards, you will need access to important documents. Tax assessments, mortgage information, strata documents, rental agreements and banking information are all things you will need to refer to. Additionally , your ID, passports, closing documents and personal information are things you will want keep with you.
7. IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT, HIRE IT OUT!
If you are feeling overwhelmed or completely stressed out, outsource! There are companies who will not only move your things but pack, unpack, declutter, and store them as well. Once you have moved out there are cleaners who will do a move-out clean on your old place and then subsequently and move-in clean on your new home.
Sometime you can't beat reliable help!