Moving is stressful. But everyone relocates at least once in their lives, so it’s an experience we all must deal with. While no move goes without any hitches, there are still ways to make your next adventure a stress-free one. Here are five tips to help you with your next move:
1. Pack a First Night kit.
Preparing a kit after a day of moving into your new home should be a priority. Most of the time, your bed isn’t even moved into your new place during the first day. Packing items like toothbrushes, toilet paper, napkins, and other essentials into a box keeps you prepared for the first night. Give yourself a break with a first night kit.
2. Have some cash ready for takeout or groceries.
Food is important. Don’t forget to eat on your first night. Between the anxiety of moving everything out of your old place and moving into the new place, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. Most people do. So, whether you decide to order out or get groceries, having money ready for food and snacks is always a good idea.
3. Make a list.
Plan out your move-out day. Make a list of everything you have and follow that list as best you can. Knocking out items on a list makes moving out seem faster than it is. A solid plan always helps. While you can’t plan for everything, you can plan for simple items like:
• Taking out the trash at your place
• Making sure laundry is finished
• Keeping boxes organized by items and/or room
• Making sure you keep track of your new keys
4. Make sure you have everything you need.
This really covers items like packing supplies. Make sure you have correctly-sized boxes, wrapping paper, packing bubbles, etc. Preparing yourself for this move by researching the supplies you need helps decrease a lot of the anxiety typically associated with a big move. Spend less time worrying about your preparedness and more time focused on getting into your new home.
5. Store some of your stuff in a unit.
Declutter your new space by putting some of your old stuff in storage. Consider renting a unit for items you don’t need yet, or items that were just placeholders in your home. Some facilities also sell moving and packing supplies. Research storage facilities that best suit your needs, and control the clutter in your new home.