Moving house. Just two small words, but they are enough to strike dread into every heart. Okay, we might be exaggerating, but only a little bit. Moving is, for sure, a daunting prospect that no one ever looks forward to. Even when you’re lucky enough to find a wonderful home, it can really put a damper on the situation. Packing and unpacking boxes, dealing with movers, being unable to find things for days before and after the move, lugging furniture around – it can all be overwhelming. That is why we have gathered a round-up of useful tips and tricks that will make your move a more organized and laid-back affair.
Use the opportunity to declutter
If ever there was a time you see the appeal of a minimalist way of life, it’s during a move. We’re not saying that you should chuck everything away, but this is the perfect opportunity to sort through your possessions and get rid of stuff you just don’t need. You’ll be surprised at just how much you can throw away or donate. And that means fewer boxes to lug around.
Time your move
Believe it or not, your move can come cheaper and easier if you time it well. First of all, summer is prime moving season, which you would do well to avoid, if at all possible. The same goes for the few days at the very end of each month and the beginning of the next. The reason is simple – most people start renting from the 1st day of the month, and that’s when they move too. On a weekly level, weekends are the most popular time to move. If you choose to move in the middle of the month and on a weekday, it will be much easier to find available truck rentals and your movers will likely be far less busy. That means your move will be less hurried and you won’t have to rush so that they can head out to their next location.
Don’t memorize, photograph
This tip is the most useful when it comes to electronics, although it can be applied to other things as well. If you are disassembling anything that will need to get assembled again after the move, take a picture. All those cables at the back of your TV or computer? You will need to plug them back into their proper place. Dismantling furniture? Or maybe, you just want to put all your books back on the shelf in the same order as before. Your camera is your best friend.
Pack a box of bare necessities
The best way to pack your boxes is according to rooms. That way, each box can be unloaded into the room where it should be unpacked. Differentiating between the boxes is easiest if you color-code them by room. Whether you label by color or write the name of the room, make sure it’s visible on the side of the box. If you label the top of your boxes, you won’t be able to see where they belong when they are stacked on top of each other. However, think ahead and try to work out some of the objects you will be needing immediately, or during your first day at your new home. That way you will be able to function even if you are too tired to unpack immediately. Also, make sure you have all of your basic moving supplies at hand.
Move the furniture first
When you are moving your furniture, do it before the entire home is already cluttered with boxes. Work out where you plant to place each piece beforehand. If you put every piece of furniture in its proper place immediately, that will make the unpacking quicker and simpler too.
Cushion your breakables
Most people remember to protect their plates and glasses (which you can do easily by filling the gaps in the box with soft clothes, like t-shirts or socks). However, there are other, less obvious breakables at play, too. For instance, when it comes to compact make-up, you can protect it by putting cotton balls inside. Bottles (especially cosmetics and detergents) can be protected from spillage by wrapping them in plastic wrap. If you’re worried about scratching your floors, place towels under your furniture before moving it.
Protect your deposit
If you’re renting, you need to think about protecting your deposit even before you move in. Take detailed pictures of the place while it’s still empty to document what it was like before you moved in. Pay special attention to anything that is damaged. That way, there will be no disputes about whether you broke something, or the damage was already there.
When it comes to moving, a little planning goes a long way. And, remember, whatever you do, keep a cool head! Good luck!