Whether you’re moving for work, simply looking for a change in scenery, or another reason entirely, packing up your life and moving to a new home can feel like a daunting and seemingly endless task.
To reduce the stress, use these helpful packing tips, hacks and suggestions to make moving easier.
Start the process early
Packing is a tedious, time-consuming task. If you’re someone who tends to procrastinate, starting the packing process can be especially difficult. Sometimes, you won’t have much advance notice before you have to move. Regardless, if you can start packing early, your move will be much easier.
Start by doing little tasks several months before your scheduled move-out date, or while you’re closing on your new home. Making to-do lists, reaching out to friends and family for help, organizing a yard sale, or calling a moving company are all things that take up precious time you may not have closer to moving day.
If you’re still in the process of selling your home, you’ll have even more on your to-do list, like preparing for an open house.
Declutter before you move
Before moving your entire life to a new state, city, or even just a new neighborhood, lighten the load by getting rid of things you don’t want or need anymore.
Consider having a garage sale to slim down on the “stuff” you’ve collected over the years, or offer up items to friends and family. If you think certain items are worth more, try selling them online — you may be surprised what people are willing to buy.
Organize by room and label everything
Never underestimate the power of a label maker. If you’ve lived in your home for some time, you probably know exactly where to find everything you need. As soon as you begin packing your items up, they become easy to misplace or forget.
Avoid mistakes by packing room-by-room instead of grouping random items together. Then, label every box with their contents and which room they belong in. This way you’ll know exactly what each box contains and where it belongs, which will save you tons of stress and time when unloading everything in your new home.
Use smaller boxes and don’t overpack
A common packing mistake people make is trying to fit too many things into huge boxes. This makes the boxes extremely heavy, which can quickly lead to painful back injuries that disrupt your whole moving plan.
Instead, pack as much as you can into small-medium sized boxes and spread out the weight. Place heavier items (like books) at the bottom of each box to give you more stability while lifting and layer lighter items toward the top. When in doubt, always ask for help when lifting a heavy box.