Moving can be one of the most stressful things a person can do. I usually don’t push our products that much but since I am now spending another summer moving a grown child I thought I might mention that if you are thinking of moving and haven’t moved in a long time you might consider getting our Moving on a Dime e book for some ideas to help make moving less hair raising. It really can help you know what to do and what not to do.
Here are a few tips from Moving On A Dime:
Start decluttering and packing away everything but the necessities once you decide to move. You need to do it anyway, so do it now. You want to get the most out of selling your house. Decluttering will help you sell it and will make it easier for you to clean when you have to show it.
Don’t wait until the day everyone comes to load the truck to start packing those things way back in the kitchen cabinets that you only use once a year. That all should be packed at this point.
Reserve your moving van the minute you have a closing date or a firm date to move. Don’t wait until the day before you need it or the week before you need it. Chances are they won’t have a truck left this time of year.
Start using up the food you have and buy as little as you can between now and moving day. The week before you move, plan exactly what you are going to use for meals until the day you leave and get everything else, like can goods and nonperishables, packed up.
One to two weeks before you move, call on utilities and make arrangements for your mail.
One to two weeks ahead of time, make up your “kits”. Have a “kit” or a box for things that you will need in the last few days you are in your home, things you will need to keep with you the first day you move into your new house. Gather things like toilet paper, soap, a few towels, cleaning supplies, a handful of tools, light bulbs, paper plates, cups and paper towels and a first aid kit. If you will have to clean first thing, make sure to keep out the vacuum.
Put toilet paper, soap and a towel out the first thing after you arrive. Have sheets ready so you can make the beds right away. Do this first instead of at the end of a long tiring day. When you are exhausted from unloading and unpacking that made up bed will look so much nicer than if you have to make it when you are dead on your feet.
Think through what items you think your family will need.
If you are going to have helpers, plan on what snacks, meals or drinks you will need for them.
These are just a few moving ideas but I hope they help make moving, which can be a stressful time a little easier. This moving “mom” is now going to collapse on the couch for a few days until we have to move them once again.
P.S. If you can afford them, PODS or other shipping containers are wonderful.
P.P.S. Over the past 4 years I have moved my grown kids 4 times alone. In the past 20 years since they have left home I have moved them and myself more than 20 times. In addition to that, I spent most of my first 18 years with my dad in the military. Hmmm… Maybe that is why I feel like an expert at this moving thing!