Moving can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. IN fact, you probably don’t realize just how much stuff you have until it comes time to pack in all in boxes and move it somewhere else—and then unpack those boxes in your new home while trying to organize your life.
Since you’re going to be stressed and busy during the move, it’s important that you take care of some basic items before you go so that you’re not worried about doing it after the move. This will help you keep your new life organized and less stressful while changing locations.
1. Book and confirm rental trucks in advance.
If you will be renting a truck to help you move your belongings to your new home, be sure to book the truck well in advance of the day you want to move. This will ensure that you can locate a truck for a great price before the last minute. You should also call and confirm your rental about a week before the scheduled date. This way, you won’t run into any lost reservations come moving day.
2. Purge your belongings.
If you want to make moving easier on you, consider getting rid of some of your belongings that you no longer need or use. For example, go through your wardrobe and donate any clothes, shoes, or accessories you no longer wear or that no longer fit you. You should also go through closets, attics, basements and other storage areas in your home too before packing. This way, you can get rid of items you no longer want, need, or use. This will reduce the amount of stuff you have to pack, making moving less stressful.
3. Transfer everything to the new address.
When you move, you’ll need to make some changes. For example, if your kids will need to transfer to a new school, be sure to set this up before you actually move. This will allow your kids to start school on time without any issues after you’ve moved into your new home. You should also change your contact information on any and all accounts you may have, such as credit card or utilities you’re carrying over. This will ensure your bills make it to your new location. You should also let your doctor, dentist, and any other provider know about your move. If you will be keeping the same provider, simply tell them about your new address. If you’re changing providers, let your current providers know in case they need to release your medical or dental records.
4. Organize, organize, organize.
If you want a smooth move, you need to be extremely organized. Buy or locate boxes well in advance of your move. Invest in packing tape too. Then, start packing one room at a time, and be sure to label them appropriately. To make it simpler, use different colored tape on the boxes to differentiate rooms. You can also use a red tape (or another color of your choosing) to mark boxes that contain essentials you’ll need the day of your move, such as your toothbrush or toilet paper. Use moving tips whenever possible to help make the transition easier.