Moving Madness: How to Stay Sane
Moving. It’s stressful, overwhelming, and requires A LOT of work. And as much as we’d love to, we can’t just throw everything into trash bags and haul it to the new home. When you’re moving, a little planning goes a long way. Starting a new chapter in your life should be fun and exciting, not scary and daunting.
We understand the thought of having to pack up your entire house and your whole life is overwhelming. We want to help. One of the most stressful parts of moving is realizing you hastily packed everything up and now have no idea where a single thing is. Not to mention, valuable items are bound to be damaged or lost. With these tips, you’ll pack like a pro and be so organized, transitioning into your new home will be seamless and simple.
- Labeling your boxes is a no brainer. Keep items from the same room all in the same boxes. You can then either color code them with colored duct tape or just write the room in which the items belong on the side of the box. To take the organization to the next level, you can keep an inventory sheet with each box, listing all the items it contains. Or assign each box with a number, and then have a Word document with all the contents of each box by number. This will make it a lot easier to find what you need quickly.
- Before you even start the packing process, make a To-Do list. In fact, make several To-Do lists. Have one for tasks that need to be completed before the move, one for what needs to be packed, and one for items that should be kept with you on the day of the move. There’s no feeling quite like the accomplishment that comes along with checking something off your To-Do list.
- Start packing early. The earlier you start, the more in control you’ll feel and will be able to get everything as organized as possible. Start with the smaller tasks such as making your lists and packing the things you don’t use every day.
- Before you get started, go through your house and find items you can donate and throw away. Then you’ll have less to pack and you’ll have a head start on this year’s spring cleaning.
- Keep all your important papers and documents with you instead of packed. You don’t want those to get lost!
Packing Like A Pro
- Use trash bags to transport your hanging clothes. While they’re still on the hanger, pull a large trash bag up around your clothes, so that the trash bag ties can be tied around the hangers. This way, nothing gets wrinkled and you can immediately hang them up once you’re in the new home.
- Don’t pack your boxes too full. They get heavy quickly. You’ll thank yourself later.
- Use laundry hampers and baskets as packing boxes.
- To ensure that open toiletries don’t leak in transit, place a small piece of plastic wrap under the lid.
- Use clean clothes and newspaper to pad breakable items. This way you save money on packing peanuts and don’t have a big mess.
- Use plastic wrap to keep the contents of different storage organizers together. Like your silverware organizers!
- Pack jewelry in an egg carton to prevent tangles.