If you are anything like me, you probably HATE moving. However, it’s one of those things we all have to go through at some point in our lives.
The best thing you can do is to create some sort of moving checklist that can make sure everything’s in order before, during, and after the move; another good moving tip is your mindset. Moves are stressful and often chaotic, so it’s on YOU to commit to having a good attitude about all the change to come.
Some moving tips focus on how to pack a moving truck most effectively, while others offer reminders to cancel various services or arrange for things to be prepared at the new house; still more focus on smaller details, such as how to care for pets during a move or what to do when the movers are late. The most important moving tips, though, may relate to the physical move itself.
Here are 5 tips to help you with your next move:
1. Use the right size boxes
When you pack books for moving, pack them or other heavy items in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, can be packed in bigger ones. (Large boxes packed with heavy items are a common complaint of professional movers. They not only make the job harder but also have a better chance of breaking.)
2. Put heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top
And if you’re loading the truck yourself, pack your heaviest boxes first, toward the front of the truck, for balance.
3. Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes
Fill in gaps with clothing, towels, or packing paper. Movers often won’t move boxes that feel loosely packed or unbalanced.
4. Label each box with the room it’s destined for and a description of its contents
This will help you and your movers know where every box belongs in your new place. Numbering each box and keeping an inventory list in a small notebook is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed―and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack.
5. Tape your moving boxes well
Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then use one of the movers’ techniques―making a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is concentrated
These are simple yet important tips that will help your next move go smoothly. The key is to have a solid plan and a positive mindset. It will take you a long way!