How to Make Moving Easier
Moving might seem like an easy task. It seems simple enough. All you have to do is to pack up your things from your old place and then bring them over to the new house. That seems straightforward for most people. But anyone who has done some moving could say that it isn’t as easy as it seems or as it sounds.
Moving to a different house is a task that involves so many things and entails so many small details. Some have even said that it is one of the most stressful tasks that they had to do. It could leave you emotionally drained and spent. The reality is that moving is just like any other task. If you plan for it and you do it according to steps then it should go smoothly. But if you do your move in a haphazard fashion, without clear guidelines on how you should go about it, then you would really have a hard time.
How to Make Moving Easier
Do you have to move in the near future? Don’t go around dreading the day that you have to start preparing for it. Here are some steps that you can take in order to make the task a lot easier for you and your family:
Create a List
The first thing that you have to do when you are planning your move is to create a list. This is something that you have to do before you pack a single belonging. A record system is essential so that you can have your packing organized. You should give a number to every box and container that you would be using for packing your things. Then on your record you should write down everything that you place on a box or a container on a central list. That way you would have a clear idea on what is contained in each box and you have a way of finding out where a particular item was placed.
Get All the Supplies You Need
Moving and packing require a lot of supplies. Make sure that you will be able to purchase all of the supplies and materials that will be needed when you start packing. Boxes and other packing materials are the most important materials that you should get. To be safe, you should get more boxes than what you think you need. Moving companies are actually the best sources of boxes since you can always get a refund for a box that’s unused. It is better to have extra boxes than fall short at the last minute.
Most people have problems when it comes to the packing of their belongings. This is because they usually underestimate the time needed for it. They think that they can accomplish the packing quickly. In reality, packing is a long process. Sure you can do it quickly, but chances are that you would end up mixing your stuff and it would eat up a great deal of time in unpacking. In order to avoid having to rush with your packing, you have to do it as early as possible. The aim is to pack in an organized way.
You should have a strategy that you will follow when you are packing. The first things to pack are those that you do not use regularly. Pack those and work your way until the only things that would be left behind unpacked are the stuff that you use on a daily basis. If you start packing the stuff that you use on a regular basis, then chances are that you would need it before you move and you would unpack it from the box.
It was mentioned earlier that you should assign a number to each box and container that you would be using. It would also be a good idea to use color coding for the boxes and the packages that you have. You should limit the content of each box to things that can be found in the same room. That means you should not mix things from your living room with those from your kitchen. Once you have filled a box, the next thing is for you to mark that box with the color that you have assigned for the room where the things in it came from. The living room could be yellow for example, so a box filled with things from there would be marked yellow.
What’s the use of color coding? It makes it easier to find things. But the color coding can also be useful when unloading your belongings. You can tell right away where a box should be taken just by looking at the code.
Keep Things Together
This step is connected with the color coding step that we have given. You have to try and keep things together when packing. You should keep your extension cords with the appliances for example. If things have small or loose small parts, you should tape those so as they won’t get lost. By keeping things together, you would have an easier time setting up in the new house. An alternative to that step is to keep a box for parts that can go loose.
Cleaning the Old Place
Are you required to clean up the place that you will be moving out from? If you are, then you should put together all the cleaning materials that you would need so that when you have packed everything you can start cleaning right away. It would be better if you were to clean ahead of time so that you would not feel rushed.
Make Use of Your Luggage
You should utilize your luggage when you are packing your things. Your bags and suitcases would come in handy when you have to pack certain items. You should pack things that you might need in a hurry in your luggage instead of boxes. When you are at the new place it would be easier to spot your suitcase than a certain box even if you use numbering and color coding.
You should not just pack your important documents into some box and then look for them when everything has been unloaded at the new place. You should keep all of your important documents and valuables in one container and take that along with you. A box might get lost or even mishandled. You don’t want your important documents to be lost because of that. All other things can be easily replaced, but not your documents.
Give each person in the family a personal box. You can distinguish these boxes from the others by having them in a different color. Each person should fill his/her box with an item that he/she would like to get and use immediately when reaching the new house. That would make it easier for everyone. It would be a lot of trouble if you have to go through the boxes and hunt for each item there.
So these are the steps that you can take when it comes to making your move easier. As you can see, you can customize each step so that it would fit your circumstances and your situation.