5 Tips For A Stress Free Move
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It’s Moving Day
You would think that we were a military family. We have moved just that many times. We’ve had more moves than i’d like to admit at times. In town, out of town, long distance, and cross country, we’ve done them all. So many stories and adventures, be a great story time for later on. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a stress free move?
The Nightmare Begins
Moving can be an absolute nightmare. It will devour you if you’re not prepared. With about 10 moves under my belt I consider myself sort of a pro. Trust me, I didn’t start out that way. I’ve had the hellish move with toddlers in tow, and did that one all on my own. I’ve recently had the easiest cross country move ever done with three teenagers and my Mom helping. As you can imagine that was a breeze. All hands were on deck. Thankfully for you I have compiled 5 tips for a stress free move based on my experiences. I wouldn’t want to wish a stressful move on anyone.
Don’t Worry Move Happy
Wether it’s your first or 50th move you could still use a little help. I’ve got you covered. If you follow these 5 tips you will have that easy stress free move.
The Big Purge
The Purge is simply getting rid of clutter. Dare I define what clutter is. My rule of thumb for purging is if it hasn’t been worn or used in six months or more it should go. I advise starting the purge as soon as the thought enters your mind that you’re moving. You can continue getting rid of stuff throughout the move. Remember to donate gently used or worn items. You have several options to make charitable contributions.
2. Get Your Supplies
There are so many options for moving supplies. I have done it old school and went to local stores and asked for boxes. There is nothing wrong with this method except it takes time and patience. Now I purchase supplies. Amazon has great kits available. They have several box sizes, tape, and markers in a kit for a reasonable price. The best part is they will be delivered right to your door, and if you are prime it only takes 2 day to get them. There are lots of places that offer those types of kits like Uhaul or Lowes. Having your supplies readily available means that whenever you feel the urge to pack, you’re ready.
I know it may be tempting to go from room to room boxing stuff up. All the trinkets on the shelves and picture frames on tables, they all seem like the best place to start. I can assure you they are not. Start in the least used room in the house. Start and complete that room, and put a note on that door “COMPLETE”. That will make you feel so accomplished and keep you motivated to keep going. For me, the youngest child’s room is normally where I start. I leave out a small box of favorite things. That works well for us. I leave my kitchen for last. I also load my kitchen last so it’s the first off the truck.
4. Label, Label, Label
My worst move ever wasn’t one that was done in a rush. There were too many hands on deck, and no one was really labeling efficiently. Imagine getting to the new house and opening a box that’s labeled “Kitchen” only to find toys. I was going through play food. It should have been labeled “toy kitchen”, or “pretend play food”. That was annoying, to say the least. Labeling is the most important part to me.
5. Load Efficiently
My best loading advice is to load the moving truck room by room. I go from the least used room, to the most used room. It may seem a little obsessive but this way it’s easier to unpack later. The kitchen is used the most, so it is packed last. I’m able to use the kitchen until the end. It’s off the truck first at the new house, so the kitchen is the first thing functional.
Enjoy Your Move
Follow these tips and your move can be stress free. Just remember that organization is your key. You might even find your move enjoyable. I did. Do you have a method that worked wonders for you? How do you handle moving and packing with kids. I’d love to hear your stories.