A big move can be a stressful activity, especially since there is a lot of address-changing paperwork involved, it requires much organization and planning, and the day itself in all its heavy-object moving and packing and unpacking.
Fret not, what seems like an insurmountable task can be managed very easily if you have enough organization and resources. Here are a few essential tricks to organizing and packing everything before a big move:
1. Get rid of all non-essential items
The first step you should take is to remove all non-essential items from your house. If you aren’t sure what this entails, just imagine getting rid of everything that you really don’t plan to bring with you to your new house. A large-scale clean-up is necessary to find out which objects need to be tossed out, which ones can be donated, and how you can make a few extra bucks if you plan to organize a pre-move yard sale.
Get rid of junk items immediately, putting them into garbage bags and recycling bins. You can donate things like old clothes, furniture, books, etc. to local organizations or even give them to friends and family that could use something like an end table that you don’t need anymore. Any other items that can’t be donated and have too much use to be thrown out can be sold at a yard sale. The extra bucks you make at the yard sale could help cover some of the moving costs, so it’s a winning strategy all around.
2. Get a hold of moving boxes and moving supplies
One of the more frustrating parts of moving is trying to secure all of the boxes you need before the big move – and hopefully at a lower price. A few places you can grab a few free boxes includes: liquor stores, grocery stores, boxes from electronic products you’ve purchased lately, and hardware stores. Not only should you be collecting all of the boxes you need before the big move, but you should also have all of the supplies.
3. Organize all items into specific categories
Before the big day, one of the most important things for you to do is to pack everything into boxes ahead of time. This will come as a great relief to friends who are helping you move (and might even be a requirement before they help you out – sometimes people bail out when they see that nothing is packed up) and it makes the process so much faster and easier, even when you’re going with a moving company. It’s also important to label everything to keep all furniture organized and make the unpacking process easier.
4. Look into professional moving companies
Research professional movers and moving companies well ahead of time before moving. Make sure to look into customer reviews and make sure that they don’t report experiences of broken furniture or objects and that people don’t complain of lost items. It’s important to find the best company for one of the most important days of your life.