It’s highly likely that you’ve moved at least once in your lifetime; and if you haven’t moved yet, this could be a friendly reminder that your parents do eventually want you out of their basement…
All jokes aside, moving can be an extremely stressful time, no matter what stage of life you’re in, and unless you’re living a minimalist lifestyle, the move is going to take some organization to pull off. I’ve outlined some things to keep in mind to ensure that your next move is as smooth and stress-free as possible.
- Start Early and Give Yourself Time - It might seem extra keen to start packing weeks or months in advance but doing so will help reduce stress as you get closer to your moving date. With so many moving pieces it’s important to allow yourself enough time to make sure everything is done properly.
- Pick Up Supplies - Walk yourself through the move and pick up everything that you need ahead of time. Boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, newspaper and markers should be enough to get you started.
- Label Like It’s Your Job - Throwing items into random boxes and sealing them is a recipe for disaster. Label which room each box goes into for those helping to move you in. Noting what is in each box can be a great tool for an easy unpacking process too.
- Packing Strategy – go through your belongings and pack up items you won’t need before your move and store them out of the way.
- Purge – This is the best time to get rid of unused items in your home – if you’ve been using your treadmill as a clothing organizer for years, consider selling it prior to avoid having to move it. This is also a great time to donate clothing, furniture and household goods to your favourite local second-hand store.
- Hire or Recruit Help – Don’t make the move alone. By hiring a moving company to get the work done or asking friends and family to lend a hand, the job will get done more quickly and with less stress.
- Connect Your Utilities – Ensure you call your cable, internet and utility providers prior to your move to schedule any set-ups and installations needed. You will thank yourself for being organized when you settle onto the couch in your new house and the TV and internet are actually set up and ready for you to enjoy.
- Determine Any Restrictions or Required Bookings – many apartments and condos have strict moving requirements that need to be booked in advance – make sure you have these covered ahead of time.
- Moving Day Essentials – Prepare yourself with lots of sleep, have a prepared meal and coffee for you and your helpers, stock water with disposable cups and snacks and make sure everyone involved in the move is energized and fueled.
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