It’s Moving Season! 3 Tips for a Stress-Free Experience
- Pack Strategically
How you pack your moving truck, your storage space, and what order you unpack can make or break a stressful move. By planning ahead you can be sure that the items that you need to access first (think kitchen essentials, toiletries, and the items to set up your bedroom) are easy to reach. Labeling boxes (on the side, not the top) and packing in sections by room helps the process go smoothly. Color code your boxes by room using stickers. Use as many medium size boxes as you can. It makes packing a moving truck more efficient than multiple sizes, it’s safer for stacking, and they are not too big to carry. Small boxes are best for heavy items. Be sure you consider extra tough boxes and good quality tape, especially for heavy items or fragile goods.
Consume your frozen and refrigerated foods in the days (or weeks) leading up to moving day. Or, give your frozen goods to a neighbor. The last thing you want to do is spend time cleaning out your freezer. Defrost your fridge at least a day before. Make child-care or pet-care arrangements so that your focus can be on the move. Take pictures of your setup before you pack! If you are having a moving company help, these pictures will help you set up your new space provided you want a similar layout. In the event of any damage during the move, pictures will also be helpful if you need to make an insurance claim. If you’re renting photos of your old place before you move out and your new place before you move in can help assure you get your deposit back.
3. Be kind to yourself
Get enough sleep. Drink enough water. Eat balanced meals. And don’t live on coffee.
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