Finally, you’re ready to say goodbye to your old stomping grounds and make the move to the next phase of your life. You love your new home, you’re excited about what’s to come, and you have a whole mountain of things to do now.
Take a step back. Moving is scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are the top moving tips of 2019.
Moving Tips for 2019
1. Take Inventory
There’s never a better time to lose something than when you’re moving. With everything being packed up and shipped away, it’s all too easy to lose track of a favorite t-shirt or some old keepsake you’ve been holding onto.
So make a list. The more detailed the better. Label your boxes as you pack with the items inside to make the unpacking process much easier on yourself. Plus, keeping an inventory of everything you own will not only help you stay organized while going through this transition, it will show you if you own too much stuff.
2. Donate and Scrap
There’s also never been a better time for you to cut back. If you’re making that list with your face in your hands and your blood pressure through the roof, you have too much stuff. Cut through the clutter by making donations to local PTAs and Goodwill stores.
Things that you can’t donate or recycle can go right in the trash. Ask yourself, “Did I use this in the past year?” If they answer is no, the trash can just got another snack.
3. Take it in shifts
Moving can feel like a never-ending battle against stacks of boxes and furniture. Break up the noise and maximize your productivity by taking breaks. That might sound counterintuitive, but hear me out—it’s going to help you regroup and refocus your energy so you don’t burn out.
If you’re moving with a partner or spouse, schedule fun activities in between your working and moving time. Don’t let your weekends become bombarded with nothing but packing. Make sure to keep your spirits up and stay focused on getting to your new home.
4. Take pictures of everything
I’m sure your moving guys are great, but accidents happen. You want to make sure you have photos of all of your belongings in their original state so that you can have accountability for any damage that comes from moving.
You also want to make sure that you have everything. Making an inventory is great, but remembering how it all fit together is even better. Pictures are going to make that a lot easier.
5. Buy moving supplies
If you think you can get by without them, you have never been more wrong my friend. Masking tape, box cutters, moving boxes and sharpies are a movers best friend. Supplies are cheap, and having the right supplies when you need them is worth every penny.
Keep track of what you are using and what your system is for moving. Odds are this isn’t the last time you’ll ever move. Get this thing down to a science so that the next move is always easier.
Feeling a little bit better? Good. Moving is an exciting time and it’s always good to find yourself in exciting times. Go in with a plan, work together with you partner/moving team, and get yourself into your dream home.
Laurie is a freelance writer based on the east coast. She spends most her time educating others on the importance of their sleep for Mattress Advisor, but in her free time she loves stepping away from the computer and spending quality time outdoors.