No one likes to move. Moving can be a stressful experience and being disorganized can make it even worse, especially when you’ve got young kids. However, all hope is not lost, and you can get a move done quite easily without a headache if you follow the tips listed below.
Throw Things Away First
Many think it makes more sense to throw things away after the move, but it really just adds stress. Packing up all your extra items you’re planning on throwing away and moving them doesn’t make much sense. Throw away, or donate, the items you wish to dispose of beforehand to save yourself the added hassle. This can be more tricky
This can be more tricky with children who can become very attached t their toys. Ask them to make a pile of the toys they want to keep and another of the ones they don’t want. Do this quite well in advanced as they may make a few changes before its time to box things up.
Pack One Room At A Time
Planning ahead and packing one room a day will make everything much easier. Going through, packing, and labeling boxes and items keeps things organized and your stress level down.
With couches, mattresses, desks, and other heavy items, hire movers to help. Movers will take care of all the heavy lifting for you so you can save time and your spine. Although this is a great way to get the big items moved, it can be expensive. So if you hire movers, only have them move the essentials.
Moving heavy things can be challenging with little people getting under your feet, so hiring movers means you can take the kids somewhere else whilst the hard work gets done – much safer for everyone.
Get Boxes Beforehand
Having enough boxes to pack your items may seem like an arbitrary task, but running out of boxes in the middle of a move can be frustrating. You could also have a plethora of boxes and have too many of them be too small or big. Decide what size boxes you need, then visit an office supply store to get them for cheap.
Photograph Cords And Color Code
Color coding boxes and items helps keep everything organized, and taking pictures of which cords go where will save you the hassle of trying to figure out which cords plug into what when you move into your new place. Why not get the kids involved and get them to help you with the color coding?
Get To Know Your Realtor
Getting to know your realtor before your move can help big time. Realtors generally know plumbers, electricians, and other handymen. This can make searching for these people a breeze if you do need work done on your home before or after selling.
Also, having a great realtor is invaluable to finding the right house or apartment before your move. Searching for a new home is often more frustrating than it is fun, and having someone else to the grunt work for you is an obvious solution.
If you’re in a middle of a move, or you plan on moving soon, take note of the tips above to make the process as headache free as possible without spending excess money or time.
About the author
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.