Moving can be super stressful. Most of us have at least one friend or neighbor who got their stuff stolen, had expensive vintage pieces broken, or discovered on the day on the move that their sofa didn’t fit through the apartment door. These simple but effective steps will make your moving day smooth and relatively easy.
Make a Precise Plan
A few weeks before the move you should start seriously planning. How long will the move approximately take? Taking a day off work could take the stress out of having to get it all done on one weekend. Do you have friends with cars who have time to help you?
Once you get closer to your move date, check the weather. Moving in the rain or snow is tedious, but slippery ground could make it dangerous as well.
It’s also a good idea to do most of the packing before your actual move date. Measure the larger furniture items in your apartment and find out if they fit through your apartment door.
Like you would before a party, alert your neighbors about your move and let them know you might be blocking the elevator at times throughout the day.
Cut costs wherever possible. Get quotes from several moving companies and compare prices closely to find the best deal, you might end up saving hundreds of dollars.
Save on bubble wrap by covering your fragile items with towels, blankets, or soft t-shirts. Ask for free cardboard boxes at your local supermarket.
Liquor stores could provide you with those special boxes with dividers in them, perfect for moving your glassware and mugs.
When packing all your stuff, keep in mind how much work it’s going to be to unpack everything and put it in its right place. On that note, make sure that the transition is as easy as possible. Here are some tips to consider:
Hanging clothes: Take hanging clothes off the hanging rod, but leave them on their hangers and bundle them in big plastic bags.
Drawers: Instead of emptying all your drawers and refilling them once you have moved your furniture, just take out the drawers, cover them with a cloth and tape them. Once your furniture is in your new home, you can put them straight back in.
Boxes: Have designated boxes for each room of your home or even each area. Don’t mix kitchen pots with socks in one box, it’ll make unpacking a nightmare.
Labeling: When labeling boxes, use a system. Note which room they belong in and what exactly is in them. Put a number on each box and keep track of how many you have to avoid losing anything. Color code boxes with different colors for each room and create a guide to keep track of what each color means.
Disassembling furniture: Take photos of the different steps when disassembling your furniture to make sure you know how to put it back together later. Put screws, pegs and other assembly pieces into a sandwich bag and tape it to the furniture to have it ready to go when you reassemble everything.
The First Night
There is no better feeling than collapsing onto a comfy bed at the end of a long day. As moving days tend to be long and tiring, you’re probably already fantasizing about finally getting to lie down. But what if you’ve moved all your furniture, and there are still 100 boxes sitting around, with one of them containing your toothbrush and pajamas? It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.
To prevent this nightmare, pack an overnight bag with all your needs for the first night in your new home. Assemble your bed before you do anything else, that way you can just slip in after an exhausting day of moving.