Buying a new home is an exciting process, and finally being able to move in and make it your own is equally exciting. Unfortunately, the moving process can be tedious and often stressful for the entire family. Here are some tips to make moving a less painful experience.
- Have plenty of supplies before you start.
Trust me, you will need way more boxes than you think! If you buy your boxes from a moving company, you can always return the unused boxes for a refund. Having enough tape, labels, markers, etc, will make your life so much easier, so you won’t have to stop what you’re doing and run out to get more. Create a station that has all the supplies you need so you won’t have to go hunting through all of the mess.
- Use a color coding system.
Use colored dots to label which boxes go where. Blue for the kitchen, red for the bedroom, and so on. This will be easy to organize where everything goes, especially when you are tired after moving all day long.
- Utilize your luggage!
Pack a bag of stuff you will need that night or the next morning, like pajamas, toothbrushes, change of clothes, etc, so you won’t have to rip open boxes to find what you need when you’re ready to go to bed that night. It’s also a good idea to keep important papers with you so they won’t get lost in the move.
- Don’t pack heavy things all together.
This one may seem like a no brainer, but when packing a bookshelf, don’t pack off the books in one box. It will make the box way too heavy to lift! Instead, pack books with lighter things, like towels or sheets to make your move easier.
- Hire a sitter.
If you are doing a same city move, consider hiring or asking a friend to watch your children or pets. Moving is stressful for everyone, and this will save you the added stress of trying to keep track of everyone. Moving doesn’t have to be stressful, as long as you plan ahead and stay organized!