There are many reasons to move, whether you’re moving across country for a new job, upgrading to a house from an apartment, or moving office locations. No matter the reason, it can all be very stressful. While you may be excited about the move, you also face the huge obstacle of getting all of your belongings into heavy boxes to be lugged around. Because any move, no matter how far, can get crazy, here are a few things you can do to help keep your move stress-free.
De-Clutter Early On
After being in one location for a significant time, things tend to gather and create clutter. This can be extremely overwhelming when it comes time to actually move. A few weeks before moving, it is recommended that you clear the clutter from your home by organizing things you no longer need or use into three piles: Sell, Donate, and Toss.
Donate Items that aren’t Needed
Once you minimize the cutter it becomes easier to breathe and it is less stuff you have to pack up and move. Plus you can score a tax deductible by donating some of your non-salable things to a place like Goodwill or local thrift store. If Goodwill will not accept some of your older items then it is time to toss or throw them away. You might feel yourself getting sentimental toward some items. However, if you have not used an item or know you will not use it in the future, then you might want to consider tossing that item out or donating it. Giving up unused items will help clear up some space and help ease the moving process.
Gather Packing Boxes
Several weeks before your move, it’s a good idea to start compiling boxes for your move. Most moving companies have plenty of boxes for sale ranging in different sizes for both large and small items, but depending on the number you need, buying boxes can get pricey. This is why it’s recommend to stock up on boxes from local stores, or boxes mailed to you, as early as possible to help save on cost. Asking friends and family if they have extra boxes lying around can also be beneficial.
Save Padding for Breakable Items
In addition to compiling packing boxes, saving old newspapers or magazines to wrap fragile items and breakable electronics can help prepare you for your move as well. Saving newspapers and old magazines about a month or two before your move should give you enough padding to wrap around breakable items in order to keep them safe throughout the move. Making these preparations can help reduce the stress of moving. It will also help cut costs you would have to spend while moving and help ensure that your items get transported safely to their new location.
Some people are born natural planners and others not as much. When it comes to moving, no matter who you are, it is a great idea to plan some time to pack up your things before the moving date. While waiting until the last minute to pack can be appealing, it can also make moving extremely stressful. Being pressed for time can make packing an obstacle. Taking some time a few weeks ahead of time to start packing a little at a time can save you a headache.
Book Services Early
Having a plan and a set couple of days that are devoted to just packing can be very helpful and reduce the stress that comes when packing. Hire a babysitter to watch the kids, so you can commit to packing and get things done. The closer you get to the moving date, the more stress you acquire. Getting things done ahead of time will help you feel accomplished and will reduce the list of things to do, and the stress, on moving day.
Another great way to reduce the stress of a move is hiring professional movers. For more information about keeping your move stress-free, contact Great White Moving Company, professional movers serving Fort Worth, Dallas, and the surrounding areas.