The time has come. You have found your dream home and now it’s time to get packing. This can often be an overwhelming task, and one that takes some elbow grease. However, while packing is hard work, with some planning and thought, it can go off without a hitch. Here are some tips to help you get to your new home with the least amount of blood, sweat and tears.
One of the biggest keys to a successful move, is to ensure you start early. The sooner you start packing, the easier and better it will be. You can pack up items you know you won’t need prior to your move. These may include seasonal items, guest rooms, basements, and anything else that you know won’t be needed before you leave.
Create a designated packing zone
As difficult as it can be not to spread your packing throughout every inch of your home, try your hardest to contain your packing materials to one specific area of your house. Spending time searching for packing tape and scissors leads to precious packing time. Ensuring all your materials are in one place, will save you time and your sanity. This step will also help reduce stress as the mess will stay as contained as possible.
Label, label, label
This is nonnegotiable. You want and need to know what goes into each box. When labelling the boxes ensure you include the following:
- The room it belongs
- What is in the box
- Note whether it is fragile
Labelling each box properly will make the transition to your new home much simpler, and you will be able to ensure each box ends up in its desired room.
Get boxed up
You are going to need many boxes for your move. Make sure that you invest in boxes that can withstand residential moving. Ensure the boxes you use are in good condition, sturdy, and high quality. While it’s tempting to scour the neighbourhood for cheap alternatives, if your items end up on the ground in pieces, you will wish you hadn’t cut corners.
Purge what you don’t need
While it can be challenging to say goodbye to items, moving is the perfect opportunity to clean out what you no longer need. Take a good look at your belongings and access whether you need to take it with you to your new home. Chances are, if you haven’t used it in six months or more, it’s time to part ways.
Make a moving day kit
On the day of the move, make sure you have a “do not” pack list. This includes items that you know you will need the day you move, such as: toothbrushes, toiletries, change of clothing, toilet paper, coffee maker, etc. Having these items on hand will help you settle in for the night without having to scour through boxes after a long day.
Check the rooms
When the final days or hours arrive, you are likely going to be on a bit of a packing spree. This will cover all the items you need before the day of the move. Make sure you go room by room and pack as much as you can. Have somebody else do a once over on each room to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything. This includes searching areas like the backs of closets, under the bed, and the back of cabinets. The last thing you want to do is leave a treasured item behind!
Moving can be overwhelming. However, keep in mind your destination, and hopefully the excitement of your new home will help to keep you motivated and energized.