6 Ways to Make Moving Easier

The good news: You found the home of your dreams and it’s finally time to start living there. The bad news: You have to move before you can get to the fun parts. Moving can be a headache full of packing, coordinating various services and utilities, and carrying load after load of heavy furniture and boxes, but it doesn’t need to make you lose your cool. With these tips, your next move will be as close to painless as possible.

  1. Hire movers:

    If you choose to move your house or even an apartment by yourself, you’ll wish you had hired someone halfway through the job. Skip the hassle of heaving everything around yourself and trying to bribe your friends to help, and just hire professional movers. They have experience packing boxes into trucks and lifting heavy furniture. Some bigger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia might even have full-service movers that pack your belongings for you. Shop around for the best estimate and services that fit your needs.

  2. Have a yard sale:

    As you start trying to pack up all your possessions, you’ll probably be surprised (and slightly horrified) by how much junk you’ve accumulated over the years. You’ll likely come across things that you forgot you had, don’t need, and don’t want to waste a box on. For these items, it’s best to just get rid of them. Holding a garage or yard sale is a great way to pick up a little extra cash for the big move and cut down on the number of boxes you’ll need.

  3. Dedicate a notebook to the move:

    You’re going to have a lot to keep track of as you start planning your move. There are the phone numbers for the moving company, electric company, phone company, cable company, etc., estimates, recommendations, receipts, and many more things you’d never think you’d have to hold onto. Do yourself a favor and get a planning notebook as soon as you start looking at new houses. Future You will be grateful.

  4. Label everything:

    We mean it. If you think you’re going to be able to remember where everything is or identify boxes that have “Misc.” scrawled on the side, you’re in for some frustrating unpacking days. For the sake of your sanity, label everything and be specific. Rather than just saying “Bedroom,” also include “bedding” or “nightstand drawers” to be clear. Some experts even suggest labeling each box on all four sides so you can read it no matter which way it’s facing without having to unstack everything.

  5. Have your packing supplies handy:

    So you’re on a roll, ready to tape up some boxes you’ve packed, when you realize the packing tape is nowhere to be found. Next, you run out of boxes and have to go buy more. And what about when you get to the fragile items in your house? Poor planning can interrupt your packing and reduce your efficiency drastically. If you know you’re going to be packing all day, make sure you have more than enough boxes, tape, packing peanuts, and plain newsprint so you don’t have to start and stop again and again.

  6. Know where the toilet paper is:

    You’ve got to pack strategically, and this means packing all of the things you’re going to need first into one box that you put in the moving van last. You don’t want to have to tear through boxes frantically just so you can go to the bathroom. Besides having toilet paper handy, you might also want to include paper towels, cleaning supplies, toiletries, important documents, paper plates, and plastic utensils. Plan what you’re going to pack last in advance so you can set those items to the side rather than in the wrong box.

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