Moving house can be quite taxing, but with these tips, it can be made fun and easy.
Moving into a new house is exciting, but the process of actually moving your things into your new home can be such a mammoth of a task. Think packing, transporting, unpacking, arranging. Rinse and repeat.
But of course, there are quite a number of tips to help you breathe easier and stress less about the moving process. We rounded up a few tips and tricks that may help you (and your furry friends, too) ease into your new home.
1. If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail
Moving is a huge task, so make sure to have a plan of attack. Photo via IngImage
Well not really, but it would be a lot easier if you plan ahead and prepare the logistics for the move itself. If you are moving to another a house that’s far from the old one, it is even more important to organize your things and arrange who will help you out with the nitty-gritty (if you will be getting help from family or friends). Sometimes asking help from friends will suffice, but shelling out on a moving service will make life easier for you. The most important thing here is to let your movers know in advance if you have any particulars they know what to expect with the process.
2. Make Lists or a System if You Can
You do not have to make a whole database for your stuff, but an inventory list can spare you the agony of losing your beloved possessions since you do not really want to take risks with your things. Make a separate one for each category (e.g., bathroom items, electronics), or assign each box its own number so you can easily know if something is missing. Another tip for safeguarding your things: be generous with the packing tape.
3. Let Go of Things You Do Not Really Need
Unload yourself of unwanted stuff by giving them away. Photo via IngImage
Plan this out with tip #1 as this will give you a lot of space for transportation (and more reason to get that fluffy carpet you want for your new den!). Letting go of things you do not need will help you reduce clutter for your new home, and if you are planning to donate them to charity, then you will be helping out other people, too. Set up a rummage sale if you still have time to do so—it will also give you extra cash to buy new fixtures or tokens of appreciation for your friends who will help you out.
4. Protect Your Breakables with Clothes as Padding
Bubble wrap is your best friend in packing china and glassware, but if you want to hit two birds with one stone, clean socks and your own clothes can be used to protect your kitchenware. Also, it would be a lot better to pack your breakables and your valuables first and allot a safe place so you know you can keep track of where they are and will not get mixed up with your other knick-knacks.
5. Moving to a New House with Your Pets
Give your furry friends some time to get used to your new place. Photo via IngImage
Moving into a new house with pets can be as stressful for them as it is for you. Since they will be moving into a completely new environment, they will most likely feel insecure or extra-sensitive. Your pet will feel more secure if you take some simple steps to prepare your new home for them. If you are moving with a pet cat, make sure you bring a scratching post with you, as you do not want to mess up the new couch you have been excited about. If you are moving in with a dog, give them ample time to sniff around since they will want to re-establish their territory.
6. Do Not Underestimate the Power of Labels
Who needs labels? You do! Label boxes with their contents and if you can color-code the labels on your boxes according to which room you will place them, this would be even better. This saves valuable time since you will not have to manually instruct the movers about where you are going to put your stuff. Do not forget to indicate on the labels if the items are fragile or if they should go on top of the pile.
7. Let People Know That You Are about to Move
Unfortunately, this is the part that is almost always overlooked. Send your family and friends a Facebook message or an email of your new address so you would not have to worry if you are missing those annual Christmas packages or greeting cards. It would also help a lot to send a vicinity map so you would not have to verbally instruct them how to get to your house in the middle of your house warming. Do remember to set the privacy settings if you are planning on posting your new address, though.
Sources: How Stuff Works, Real Simple