1. Make Time. Then Make More
Moving takes longer than you think. No matter how long you think it will take, add time to that amount. There are almost always things that happen when packing, so it’s best to give yourself as much time as possible. You don’t need most of your belongings every single day, so start packing the non-essentials early. Even if you finish ahead of time, you can relax before packing up the essentials and heading to your new home.
2 Get Rid of Stuff First
This is often referred to as the “Donate, Trash, Keep” phase, where you put out three bags and fill them with things you want to donate, things you want to throw out, and things you want to keep. In the new digital world, you may want to add a “Sell on Kijiji” bag as well to get some extra cash, but the base idea remains the same: you can’t take it all with you, so start getting rid of that stuff before the move.
3. Get Enough Supplies
There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of boxes or tape when you’re on a packing roll. Once you get in the zone, you need to have everything at your fingertips to keep packing everything up, so get the things you need before you start. Lots of packing tape and tons of boxes are a great place to start.
4. Get a Sharpie
When you’re out buying supplies, be sure to grab a few permanent markers, then label every box as you tape it up. Don’t rely on your memory for getting things right, just mark any and all boxes for where they need to go in the new place. If you do it as you go, it will help you organize once everything’s at the new place.
5. Go Room to Room
Don’t pack things up as you see them. Instead, go methodically through every room to make sure you stay organized. Sure, you can have a couple of boxes that overlap in stuff, but don’t just put things in wherever they’ll fit. It will make unpacking a much more confusing job than it needs to be. So just take things one room at a time.
6. Don’t Strain Yourself
Taking two lighter trips is easier than one heavy trip, so be sure to keep all your boxes at a weight that you and any friends or family that help can take. You don’t want to injure yourself during your move, so take things slow and steady.
Moving day can be a really stressful and strenuous time, but there are plenty of simple tricks that you can do to make things much, much easier. Try to make plenty of time for your move, stay organized, and don’t strain yourself. If you follow these tips, your move will probably go much more smoothly.