5 Tips for a Better Move

Let’s face it: moving isn’t fun. Packing up everything you own and moving to a new home can be stressful and exhausting. Here are some steps you can take to make your move less of a headache.

1. Start early.

The second you decide to move, start preparing to pack. Get some of your least-used possessions into boxes. Starting to pack early can help reduce stress when moving day comes. Plus, it gives you more of time to work on our next tip…

2. Downsize.

The clothes you haven’t worn in years. The stack of magazines in your closet. Look around—it’s likely you have some things you can donate or recycle. Since you’re starting to pack early, take the time to go through your things and see what you could do without. Not only will this make it easier to move, but it will make the move into your new home feel more like a fresh start.

3. Label everything!

This one may seem like a no brainer, but labeling your boxes is one of the smartest things you can do when moving. Write on them with a marker, or even better, color-code them with colored stickers. This way you’ll know (or be able to tell your movers) that red goes into the kitchen, green to the bedroom, yellow to the living room, and so on.

4. Get the right boxes.

Moving boxes come in all shapes and sizes, and can be found at most shipping or truck rental stores. If you shop online, start stocking up boxes from shipments. Another great place to get moving boxes from is your local grocery or liquor store. These boxes are built to hold heavy containers, and can withstand a lot of punishment. Plus, they come in variety of sizes, so they’re perfect for odds and ends.

5. Make a plan.

Don’t wait until the week (or even the month) before your move to start planning. When will you have your bedroom packed? What about your kitchen? Should you schedule movers or do it yourself? What items should your keep easily accessible for the first night in your new home? It’s important to know these details so your move can be as stress-free as possible.





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