If you have been around the blog lately you know that my family and I have recently moved to a new house. Personally, I hate moving. As a child I moved several times and I decided that as an adult, I didn’t want to move that much.
So far in the past 8 years I have moved 3 times, once from my mom’s house to an apartment, from the apartment to our first house, and from our first house to our current house. I decided that this move would be the last move, therefore we made sure we found our dream house. The thing is though, as much as I hate moving, I have learned a lot in all the moves. I have learned several tips and tricks for making the move easier on everyone.
One of the first things you need to do is figure out how you want your house to look and feel. Basically, you want to figure out where things are going to go before you actually move. Chances are you are moving up in size, so you need to decide what each room will be used for. If you will have an extra bedroom will that be an office or will it be a guest room, or perhaps a room for a future baby. The possibilities are endless, but you don’t want to be trying to figure it out with a ton of boxes in the way. If you are downsizing, you will want to know what you need to get rid of because there is nothing worse than taking trash and junk to a new house.
Once you have an idea of where things are going to go, you need to pack accordingly. If you will have an office in your new house, but didn’t have an office in your old house, you will want to pack things for the new office in boxes. For example, if you currently have your desk and office area in your living room, and you will have an office in your new house, you don’t want pack your living room and office items in the same boxes. If your children will now have their own rooms, pack their stuff separately, then the boxes can go to the room they belong in.
You can always start packing before the move. This will help some of the stress of packing when it comes time to move. Often times you have an idea of when you will move at least a week or two in advance, maybe longer, so start packing things you won’t need. For example, if it’s summer, you can pack up your winter clothes and jackets. You can pack up any extra blankets or bedding and even start taking down some of your decorations and photos off the walls. If you have books you don’t use daily you can start packing them up as well. You will be amazed at just how little you really need and how much you can pack away while you are waiting to move.
Make sure you label the boxes so you know exactly where they should go. There is nothing worse than unloading the truck and putting everything in the living room and being unable to find the box of pots and pans that you need to cook supper, or the box with the toilet paper in it. Labeling the boxes and taking them to their rooms will make it easier to find those things that you need to have to survive the first night in your house.
While you are packing, start throwing out things you don’t use or need. This is a great time to get rid of those clothes you haven’t been able to fit into for ages or throw out all those papers you were keeping for no reason. I don’t know how many bags of trash we threw out while we were packing. There is no reason to take this stuff to the new house just to throw it out later.
You may also want to store important papers in a fireproof lock box. When it comes to moving, you don’t want something to happen to those all important papers such as birth certificates, social security cards, car titles, and so on. That’s why having them in a Fireproof lock box is a great idea, that way if something unforeseeable happens you haven’t lost those important papers.
When it comes to moving, you may not always be able to move in one big move all in one day. That is why it is important to have a stash of essentials ready to go to the new house. Some things you will want to make sure you have are:
- Paper plates and plastic silverware
- Snacks that do not have to be kept cold or hot
- Paper towels, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies
- Basic tools such as hammer and screwdriver
- Trash Bags
- Light Bulbs
- Shower curtain, towels, and washcloths
- Hand and body soap and shampoo
You don’t want to find yourself at the new house needing to go to the bathroom with no toilet paper to be found. You also don’t want to find out too late that you need to replace some of the light bulbs. It may seem like a pain, but the good thing is that all these things are items that you will use at some point, even if you don’t use them in the initial move.
Be prepared to clean the new house. Personally I don’t start moving into a new place before everything is vacuumed, scrubbed, and mopped. It’s a personal preference, but I suggest you at least clean the bathrooms and sweep the floors. Think of it this way, when you are moving in the floors are as bare as they ever will be, meaning you may never be able to vacuum the whole floor again!
Before moving, call your billing companies and have your mail transferred. One of the most important things you can do is to make sure all your bills are transferred to the new house. You may think that it is enough to just change your address with the U.S. Postal Service, but this could take some time, especially if you are moving to another town and could result in some of your bills being paid late. You will also want to make sure to cancel any services you will no longer need, such as trash, or transfer services like phone, cable and internet.
Once you start unpacking, know which rooms you need to finish first. For the most part the most important rooms to unpack are your kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. There really is no need to have your living room unpacked and decorated before your kitchen because you have to eat! The living room and other rooms can wait, but for your first night you want to have the kitchen mostly done, bedrooms done, and at least one bathroom.
Moving can be stressful, but having these tips in mind will help make your move easier and less stressful. It doesn’t matter if you are just moving across town, across the state, or across the country, moving takes a lot of time and planning. What’s even better is you don’t really have to hire a moving company, and personally I wouldn’t want to for several reasons. Mostly, when you move you have already spent money on your down payment, so you don’t want to spend more money than you have to. Secondly, I am a perfectionist and don’t like letting others do things, so I would rather have control of the packing and unpacking.
How do you get ready for moving? What things do you do to get organized?