Moving is considered one of the most stressful experiences in life. While this might seem a bit dramatic compared to other challenges we may face in life, like getting sick or losing a loved one, it does deserve this designation in its own right. Packing up your whole life and transporting it to a whole new house, where you need to unpack everything is quite the involved task. Everything you need to do to sever ties with your old residence and establish yourself in the new one can be time-consuming and expensive. It’s emotional.
So, yeah, you have a difficult time ahead. Here are just a few tips to help you organize your efforts and keep your sanity.
Have a Moving Notebook
With everything you have to do to prepare for your move, your brain can go into overdrive. When we feel like this, it adds to our stress, and we are more likely to make mistakes and forget things. We waste a lot of time.
You can do all sorts of thing with this handy tool. You can store receipts and the business cards of various professionals you are working with. If you’ll be furnishing your new home with lots of new ‘stuff’ you can store fabric swatches and the like to aid you in your decorating efforts. Make notations regarding ‘issues’ in progress, and pencil in meeting with realtors and contractors. Having everything related to your move in one handy spot will be a life saver, and make things go much more smoothly.
Labels, Labels, Labels
Labels can be your best friend when it comes to moving. Not only will it help you more quickly designate which items go where when packing, it will make your unpacking a heck of a lot easier. Get some label paper and print them out on your computer to save the time of writing them out, and searching for lost markers constantly. Make a bunch for each room, and designate one section of the box to place them on so they are easily spotted each time. The upper-left hand corner is a good spot because that is where our attention tends to wander when we look at something. If you want to take your organizing a bit further, you can track the contents of each box and assign each one a number. Use a spreadsheet to note each box and what is in it specifically.
Do Some Pre-Packing
At some point, you’ll dive in and really begin packing. But, before then, how about you save yourself some time with a bit of pre-packing. Box away the stuff that you have absolutely no need for, such as all of your family’s winter clothing if it is the middle of summer. Pare down cooking supplies, plates and utensils—it is unlikely you need your whole collection right up until the day you move.
Use Your Movers as a Resource
Once you have decided on a mover, don’t hesitate to use them as a resource before your actual moving day comes. They may be able to offer various types of guidance. They may be able to recommend other businesses for the various services you may need, such as a cleaner. Charleston-based http://www.moversandgroovers.com/, for example, has a host of supplies for sale right on its site, as do many other movers.