You’ve decided to move, have chosen a new place and are excited to get ready for what’s next. The hardest part for many people is getting started on what that move looks like after you’ve found your new residence.
Moving can be both a physical and psychological process. From furniture pieces and photos that hold memories, to deciding what to purge, to the labor it takes to move each item, a plan can help simplify the moving process for anyone.
Here’s a few items to help you become relocation ready:
Itemize, Sort, and Evaluate
One of the biggest wastes of time in a move is moving items you don’t want, need or use. Follow these steps to sort through what you own:
Itemize your possessions room-by-room
Decide what can be sold or donated to a charitable organization
Donate or discard what haven't you used within the last year
Decide which items you need to schedule estimates or appraisals for
Decide if you should host an in-person estate sale or online estate sale auction to sell items with a company like Caring Transitions.
Finally, purge the identified unwanted items according to what you planned from the previous steps
Create an inventory list from the remaining items for each room of your new space
Packing can be a difficult task in most cases. To make it less difficult create a packing plan to efficiently save time, energy, and effort. You can make packing simple by following these steps:
Pack over time if you can to make the move less stressful
Prepare an essentials box, weekender, or suitcase with everything you need for the first few days in your new home. This would include toiletries, a change of clothes, basic first aid items, bedding, cups and plates, drinks, and snacks.
Use boxes that are the perfect size for the items you plan to pack within it.
Pack room-by-room and use your inventory list as a guide for what should be packed.
Properly label boxes with its destination and a description.
Put heavier items on the bottom of the box and fill empty spaces with light items like packing paper, clothes, towels, etc.
Create a handle on your boxes by cutting a hand sized triangle shaped hole on opposite sides of the box.
Transport important papers, legal documents, small heirlooms and valuables personally.
Don’t forget to plan for or do the following:
Schedule utility service connections and disconnections
Consider having a friend, family member, or professional watch children or pets while you focus on the move
Do a final sweep of your home checking for anything you may have forgotten, may have been damaged, or any cash you may have left behind.
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