Getting ready for a big move is something that takes planning. On top of that, moving household goods carefully and effectively is not always easy. How do you know that you’re doing something that works? Are there options that are going to help you do things well and that are going to reduce your stress about the whole process?
In some instances, you may want to let the moving company deal with moving household goods for you. They can give you moving quotes that include packing and unpacking. But, if you want to try and do it on your own, then you want to be sure that you follow these 13 tips so that you can make it a reality.
Start packing as soon as you have an idea of a moving date
You know that you’re moving for certain, and you have some sort of date correlated with it? Good! Now is the time for you to start the packing process. You want to start getting boxes and other packing supplies, and you want to ensure that you have the tools that you need in order to keep moving forward with your plans.
It will save you a lot of time in the long run and, on top of that, you’ll have a much easier time determining how you want to get everything together and ready to go out the door. And, when you start that process, don’t forget to schedule a moving company. The sooner that you schedule a moving company, the less stress you’ll feel about trying to get that done as well.
Inventory as you start packing everything
As you start the packing process, you want to have some sort of sheet tracking absolutely everything that you own. From every package of pens that you have to your favorite cookie jar, you want to write all of it down. Most people will write some of it down physically and then they’ll make some sort of copy in their phone or by using Google Docs. Having multiple copies can really be helpful as you try to work out what needs to be done and how you need to do it.
Not only will it make it that much easier to know what you own, but then you’ll have an inventory list that you can pass off to your moving company. They can keep a copy of the list on hand for insurance purposes and to make sure that they still have everything that you started with when moving your household goods.
Consider purging while you’re packing
You never have to take everything with you. If you’ve lived in your current home for any period of time, it’s likely that you are going to have some items that you may have forgotten to give away or get rid of. And, as you start the process of moving household goods, you’ll find a lot of those things. Now is the time! You can separate the items into “coming with us,” “getting thrown away,” and “getting given away” so that you know where things are headed.
Instead of wasting extra money (because of choosing to take that stuff with you), you’ll have the opportunity to get rid of those things. You can throw items away, give items to charity, have a yard sale, give things to friends and family, or do whatever you wish to lessen your moving load. The less stuff you have, the smaller truck you’ll take. And, if you’re doing a long distance move, that’s less weight that will be included in your overall cost.
Decor should be the first thing that you start packing
The decor is aesthetic, right? For most of us, it’s nothing more than something pretty that we can look at and enjoy. Because of that, it’s important to start packing décor as soon as possible. Getting the decor off the walls and out of the way will also help you to feel like you’re making some sort of progress, which can reduce your stress as you start getting prepared for moving day.
Not only is it one less thing that you’re going to need to accomplish, but it makes the décor that much easier for you to pack up as well. Many pieces of décor have awkward shapes, so if you get them in first and get them out of the way, then you don’t need to worry about fighting to fit any of it later on. Décor first, then take care of everything else later on.
Label everything clearly and easily
As you’re moving household goods, you want to be sure that you know what you’re moving and where you’re taking it to. Labeling everything clearly is going to ensure that you know what’s in a box and what room that it’s going to need to be moved into. Also, be sure that you label for the room that you plan on taking that box to, not the room it’s coming out of. Why? Because then, your movers (or the people helping you to move) will see the label and be able to take it to the correct room for you, saving you time and effort.
Keep your cleaning supplies separate for last minute move-out cleaning and move-in cleaning
Cleaning supplies are an essential thing to have with you, both when you leave your old home and when you get ready to move into your new home. The fact of the matter is, there are going to be messes that are made when you are trying to take care of moving household goods out of your home, even if you’ve packed well. So, if you keep the cleaning supplies separate, you can just grab them, clean what needs to be cleaned, and call it a day. And, if you notice something messy when you go into your new home, you can do the same thing to correct it as well.
Use spare clothing as “filler” around fragile items like dishes
If you need to do any sort of “filler” for your fragile items, you can save both time and money if you use some of the items you already have. Soft items like clothing, towels, and more can be utilized as fillers if you want it to be. It can serve two purposes – not only is it protecting your fragile items, but you also won’t need to find a spot for some of the items that you may be taking with you.
If you use as much space as you can in every single box, then you’ll find that it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to move everything. You won’t be paying for the extra space that you may need, and you aren’t going to have to play quite as much Tetris with all of the boxes so that they are able to fit in whatever type of truck that your moving company brought.
Never pack too much weight into one box
While it’s good to use every bit of space, like we just explained, you want to be sure that you avoid putting too much weight into the same box. You want to keep every box less than 50 lbs. And, on top of that, you want to be sure that you can move a box yourself if necessary. Unless you’ve scheduled them to help with unpacking, you likely won’t have movers there when you decide that one room is a better location than another.
Too many people pack a lot of weight into a box, and then it’s either too heavy to move around or it could end up breaking the box. The last thing that you want to deal with on moving day is a box that decided it just wasn’t going to hold together anymore. So, instead, put some items in there, try to keep the boxes light, and just get more boxes.
Don’t put items from different rooms into the same box
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is that they put different household items from various rooms into the same box. For example, they may put a bed lamp into the same box as a few things from the kitchen. This makes it so that you end up walking between multiple rooms when you’re unpacking boxes, and that’s an inefficient and wasteful way to do things. Instead, try to keep those items in the same boxes so you don’t need to keep going back and forth multiple times.
Be completely done with packing the night before moving day, at the latest
Many people make the mistake of packing on the morning of the day that they’re moving. That’s the last thing that you want to do! You want to go ahead and be done with packing the night before at the latest. That way, your movers are going to be able to take everything (without delay because it’s not packed) and you won’t feel as stressed out or frazzled in the meantime. Try and plan things out so that, sometime during the day before, you’ll be ready for the moving company to arrive at your home.
Schedule charity pickups and other pickups of items you’re getting rid of ahead of moving day
Before you’re done moving household goods, you want to get rid of the things that aren’t coming with you. Don’t leave them sitting in your current home. Instead, be sure that you call whoever is taking those things so that they can come and pick them up way ahead of moving day. We suggest that you do it around a week ahead of time so that you know that they’ll be gone (and there’s wiggle room if there is a delay for whatever reason). On top of that, you don’t want them to show up on moving day, because otherwise they and your moving company will likely get into each other’s way.
Important items should always stay with you and on your person
Many people just pack everything up in the moving van, not thinking about things that they may want to have with them, like birth certificates, health information, savings bonds, and whatever you keep in your safe lock box in your home. Whether you’re driving, flying, or taking some other form of transportation to your new home, you want to go ahead and make sure that you have that stuff with you. That way, the moving company won’t need to feel responsible for it, and you won’t have to worry about it getting lost or misplaced.
Clean out appliances and unplug them a day or two before the move
When you’re moving household goods like appliances, you want to know that they aren’t going to make a big mess when the movers try to take them out of your home. You’re much better off unplugging your fridge, washer, and other appliances a couple of days before you’re getting ready to move. This will give them time to defrost and/or dry out. Make sure that you wipe them down as well – it’ll reduce the liquid (which reduces the possibility of messes) and it ensures that your staff will be ready to go.
Moving your household goods is definitely significant, and you want to be sure that you approach it the right way from the beginning. You want to plan things out in a way that reduces stress for you and everyone else involved. The more that you do in order to make things work in your favor and reduce your anxiety, the better off that everyone will be.
When you put thought into it and make sure that you do things the right way, you’ll feel much less stressed out about your options and you can ensure that you do things in the way that makes sense. See what you can find, get started when you can, and see what makes the most sense for your purposes as well.