Moving is supposed to be a happy time in your life. A fun adventure, a fresh start, and a new place to call home. Do not let the stress of moving take away from all of the excitement. Here are a few tips that will help you tackle this move without feeling overwhelmed.
Keep. Toss. Donate.
Packing is one of the most stressful parts about moving because it involves trying to stay organized while going through every single one of your possessions, item by item. It is best to break the job down into smaller tasks. This will allow you the satisfaction of completing small goals throughout the packing process. Before you even begin to pack, go room by room and decide which items you are going to keep, toss, and donate. As a rule of thumb, if you have not used something in over a year, it is best to get rid of it. It will only create clutter in your new home. Toss any items that are damaged or worn out and donate anything that is still in good condition. It is helpful to set up a donation area in a spare bedroom or the basement so family members can add to it throughout the packing process and then it can be donated to a local charity.
Determining Packing Supplies
Next, determine and purchase the packing supplies that are needed for the move. A typical three-bedroom house can run close to $350 for cardboard boxes that eventually will be tossed to the curb. Investing in plastic storage bins and totes may cost a little more up front, but it is a wiser investment in the long run as you can utilize these containers again for your future storage needs. Consider using the following lines of Sterilite items to help with your packing:
: These containers feature bright colored write on ID labels which are perfect for packing and organizing. Just use a dry erase marker to label and re-label as needed. They are available in 5 different sizes and are great for packing up your small items such as clothes and accessories. ID Boxes will hold up better than cardboard boxes during the moving process.
Latch and Carry
: This line comes in complementary clear and opaque containers, each available in a 12 Gallon, 18 Gallon and 26 Gallon size. They have unique carry-through handles that allow for a comfortable grip, even with heavier loads. These handles will simplify the task of lifting and carrying your possessions up and down stairs during the moving process. All Latch and Carry containers stack securely, which will make loading the moving truck easy and efficient. Be sure to take advantage of the peel and stick write on labels that come with these products!
: These are a must have when it comes to moving! Gasket boxes are ideal for packing up your valuables. From important documents to photographs to your childhood keepsakes, these containers are perfect. The gasket seal and tight-clasping latches will ensure that your belongings arrive safely to your new home.
Packing and Unpacking Tips
Now it is time to start packing. Begin with the rooms that you use the least so you can utilize these low-traffic areas as a holding space. Use small storage containers for heavy items and large containers for lighter items. This will make your life a lot easier on moving day. Once you start the packing process, labels will soon become your best friend! Clearly and accurately labeling your bins is key to locating your belongings quickly when it is time to unpack. Label the contents of each bin but also the room that it goes in. It is helpful to color code your labels by room with different colored markers. Once you have reached your new home, it is important to have a plan for which rooms you will unpack first. We recommend that you start with the rooms that have the biggest impact and are utilized the most by family members. Set an objective of unpacking a certain number of bins each day until everything has been put away.
Before you know it, you will be completely unpacked and settled into your new home!