While I am the stay-at-home mother of six beautiful children, my husband works in a field that requires us to move frequently. The first time we had to move, it was just the two of us, and while it seemed stressful at the time, that ended up being the "easy" move! As our family has grown, the moving process has become much more time-intensive, and I learned that if I don't create a moving "to-do" list and go through it step by step, I forget to get important things done before we move. I know there are other families of all sizes out there facing moves soon, so I thought I would make a blog to share my moving and storage tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often, especially if you are moving in the near future!
It can be incredibly intoxicating, and even a little bit overwhelming, to think about the new life that you are about to start at your new home. However, the journey to get there may not be nearly as thrilling. Moving is not something that people look forward to. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to minimize the stress of it all.
Tip #1: Start Packing Early.
One of the most stressful parts of moving is having to pack all of your personal belongings. However, what can be even more stressful is waiting until the very last minute to get everything packed. So, the best thing for you to do is to start packing as soon as you know that you are going to move. You don't need an official moving date to start packing some of your belongings. Start with items that aren't used frequently or that are out of season. As you near your move date, you can start packing items that are more frequently used. And don't forget to pack an essentials box or bin with the items that you will need as soon as you arrive at your new place, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, coffee-making supplies, bedding, towels, etc.
Tip #2: Divide Tasks Among Everyone in the Household.
One of the worst things when moving is assuming that someone was going to do something, and they didn't. Not only does this cause bickering among everyone, but it also causes the moving schedule to fall behind. To help avoid all of this from happening, assign specific tasks/responsibilities to each person. If necessary, keep a list of these responsibilities and to whom they are assigned to on the refrigerator or somewhere else in the home where everyone can see them.
Tip #3: Plan to Move Your Most Valuable Items Yourself.
The last thing you want to deal with when you get to your new home is lost or damaged items that are sentimental or important to you. In many cases, due to the possible liabilities that are involved, moving companies won't move these items for you knowingly. So, the best thing for you to do is to simply transport these yourself. These types of items include things like sentimental keepsakes and hand-me-downs, important documents (like birth certificates), collectibles, jewelry, cash, etc.
While the above three tips with help drastically reduce your moving day stress, you can reduce it even more by hiring a moving service, like Bekins Transfer & Storage.