However exciting it may be, moving is considered to be one of the top 5 life events that trigger stress for families, couples, and singles alike. With all of the logistics to consider, finding ways to remain organized can be quite the challenge. These simple tips can help you keep things in order while getting ready to move, keeping your stress level at a minimum.
Ask for Help
According Better Homes and Gardens, one of the biggest mistakes people make when getting ready to move is deciding to prep, pack and do everything on their own. Big no-no.
Ask family members and friends if they would help you pack, sort and touch up items within your current home, and even consider making a night of it. Some paper plates and pizza along with some fun music can make the process less of a chore, while providing you with some quality time with those you love.
Best part is, a friend or family member may be able to help you recognize what items you really need and what you should get rid of… less to move, less to pack!
Living amongst boxes before your move and sorting through them thereafter can drive anyone to the brink. Instead of keeping boxes within your home, consider renting a self storage unit nearby to store items you have already packed away. Your home will be less cluttered, making it more appealing to potential buyers walking through, and less chaotic for you.
Number each box you pack, keeping a running list on hand of each item placed within each box. Color coordinate based on need - so that when your movers pick up your boxes from storage and you are prepared to unpack, you will know which boxes contain items you need to unpack immediately, and which ones can wait until your essentials are complete.
Remember to clearly mark numbers and colors in a large font on each side of your boxes so that you can easily find what you are looking for as you sort through your storage unit and home.
Finding a moving company
Moving companies are notorious for initially offering a low price, then demanding a larger amount before unloading your items. Before hiring a moving company be sure to obtain numerous quotes (in writing), comparing the services offered and reviews thoroughly.
According to Angie’s List, the American Moving & Storage Association has a certification program called, Pro Mover, that you can search for when choosing a company. You can also check a mover’s complaint history by visiting the Protect Your Move website, set up by the US Department of Transportation.
Make a list of utility companies, financial institutions, doctors, schools, etc... you need to contact and inform of your move, speaking with them several weeks beforehand to coordinate accordingly. You can also visit the USPS website to update your mailing address.
Moving can be difficult, but by asking for help, utilizing self-storage and proactively researching and preparing, you can rest assured your move will go forward without a hitch. Well, maybe not without a hitch. You may need one to move.
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“It's not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.” -Kristin Armstrong