Whether it be down the street, across the country, or internationally, moving can be daunting. Even people who move often can find it stressful to pack up their possessions every time, especially if they do not have a process in place. However, packing does not have to be taxing. Here are some tips to help your move go smoothly.
A checklist and a folder
Any big task requires a checklist to ensure nothing is forgotten and a folder to store all the important documents. There are a lot of small details in motion during the moving process and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. A checklist will help you stay on track with everything that needs to be done before you vacate your property. The folder will help you collect rental or purchase papers, new addresses, moving contracts and any other important documents or records in one place so that it’s ready to go.
Before you start putting everything in boxes, consider decluttering. This will help you avoid packing items that you no longer need and will make the packing go much faster. It will also reduce the amount of stuff you have to carry to your new place and help you start fresh.
Start packing far in advance
You will most likely know about a move weeks or months in advance. You should begin packing as soon as your plans are confirmed. The first things to be packed should be off-season items that you won’t need before the move. While decluttering, you will also get an idea of the things that you won’t miss if they get packed away first, such as books you’ve already read.
The right boxes
Choosing the right boxes will make a lot of difference. Do not skimp out on the quality of the boxes as you do not want them breaking on you at the last minute. Use the right size of boxes. Do not overpack them. If there are any empty spaces, instead of cramming in an item that does not fit, fill it in with clothing, packing paper or foam peanuts, but do not leave any empty spaces.
Call the utility companies
It is recommended you call the utility companies and inform them of your move-out date so that they don’t charge you even when you’ve left the place. Arrange for the utilities in your new home to be connected and functional when you reach there so that you have the basics in place after a long haul. These should be done fairly early on in the process, as you might forget later.
Movers like Rainbow Movers can make the whole process a lot easier and less stressful for you. They will come equipped with the right boxes and packing material to ensure that all your possessions are transported safely to your new place. Since they are professionals, they will most likely be quicker in packing up your house and a large part of the move will be lifted off of your shoulders, giving you time to handle other tasks on the moving checklist.
Moving can feel overwhelming to begin with but once you have a checklist and a timeline for the process in place, it won’t feel as daunting and you will be able to enjoy a new chapter of your life with minimal stress.