Most people dread moving, and I can’t blame them. They have to pack and uproot their entire life, only to settle down and unpack everything.
As someone who’s moved multiple times in her life (9 but who’s counting) I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to make moving easier and more efficient. And, because I love you guys oh so much, I’m gonna share them with you!
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How To Make Moving Easy – Anyone Can Do It
I’m planning to move in the next few months, hence the “finding the perfect condo” article I wrote a while ago. I’m one of the weirdos on this planet who likes moving and finds the packing process therapeutic.
I know that isn’t the case for everyone, so here are a few packing and moving tips to make moving an easy process.
Make A Packing Checklist
A packing checklist is a surefire way to make moving easier. Before you get started, take a quick inventory of your current home or apartment.
Chances are, you’ve been sitting on a few things that could be donated or thrown out. I normally sort my belongings into three categories: Keep, Toss, and On The Fence.
This makes it easier to determine what is going with you to your new place, and what items will find a new home elsewhere. If you have a lot of items that you’re on the fence about, you can wait until you get closer to the moving day to decide if you need them.
Start Packing Early
When it comes to moving, do not procrastinate. Let me say it louder for the people in the back, “Do NOT procrastinate.” The biggest favor you can do for yourself is to start packing early. You can take your time to go through all your things without any external pressure.
Although packing seems mindless, the moment you start placing items in boxes haphazardly, it all goes downhill. The chances of items breaking are much higher, and you’ll have no idea where anything is. Not to mention how overwhelmed you’ll feel looking at everything you own.
Start packing early, and you’ll make the moving process feel like a breeze.
Pack To Your Favorite Music
This might seem silly, but packing to your favorite music will make it feel like less of a chore. I constantly have music on in my house when I’m doing chores, and it helps me get up and get moving.
You can even make a packing playlist! This way, you’ll be too busy jamming to your favorite artists to think about anything else.
If you’re not a music person, put on a podcast or audiobook to distract yourself from the redundancy of packing.
Label EVERYTHING…No Seriously…Everything
Label each box clearly and legibly. Don’t be afraid to be too detailed either. If you simply write “Kitchen” on a box, how are you supposed to know where your pizza cutter or veggie spiralizer is?
You don’t have to list every single item in the box, but give future you a clear idea of what each box contains. Future you will be very happy when they can find their wine glasses on day two of unpacking. Very happy.
Have a Box or Bag With Essentials
Finally, set aside a box or bag with the essentials. This includes anything that you’ll need on the first night of living in your new place. In our packing frenzy, we end up packing things we use daily, making for some last-minute Target runs or CVS stops.
To avoid this, leave out items such as utensils you always cook with, paper plates, a set of clothes, toiletries, etc.
Moving & Packing Tips and Tricks
Alright let’s review, shall we?
While moving can be a stressful process, you can make moving easier by:
- Make A Packing Checklist
- Starting to Pack Early
- Packing To Your Favorite Music
- Labeling EVERYTHING
- Have a Box or Bag With Essentials
Have you moved recently? What did you do to make the moving process easier? Let me know in the comments below!
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