Statistics show that the average person in the United States moves a little over 11 times in their lifetime. Moving is a big task to take on, especially if you have a large home with lots of things, but with careful planning and a few moving helpers, it won’t be overwhelming. This is the ideal situation, but sometimes you may have to move in a hurry so there is no time to plan. Maybe you got a new job that starts soon or a sick relative that may need you to care for them. Whatever the reason for your sudden move, following these tips, can help things go by smoothly.
- Make a list.
Organization is going to be key in assisting with an unexpected move. There is a lot of work to be done so having a checklist can keep things moving in the right direction.
- Gather supplies.
After you’ve made a list, your list should include the supplies you will need. Don’t be afraid to get more supplies than you think you will need. The last thing you want to do when you have a constraint on time is to continuously run back and forth to a store to get supplies. You can always return unused supplies, so make sure you have enough. Also, make sure you have the correct size boxes. You don’t want to waste precious time trying to squeeze things into boxes, plus this could damage the boxes and cause you to have to use more supplies, which may cause you to have to do another supply run.
- Throw away as much as possible.
Most people have things in their homes that are old, worn out, and just taking up space. Get rid of those old things that you don’t want or need. After you throw away or donate the things you don’t want, figure out what else you can sacrifice. There will be a lot of stuff that you can just re-buy once you move into your new home. The less stuff you have to move, the easier the task will be.
- Hire professional movers.
Professional moving companies are very efficient at moving. You can relax while they handle most of the work. Check reviews and pricing of several movers before selection one to make sure you are hiring the best in your area.
- Take shortcuts.
You don’t have to remove every single item from every single drawer. Move dressers with the clothes still in them. Just put a piece of tape over the drawers to keep them from coming open. The same can be done for bookcases. Just use some tape to keep the books in place. If you are moving to a place that isn’t too far from your old place, you could even leave the groceries in the refrigerator. Just tape the door closed and when you reach your new home, unload the refrigerator first and plug it up. You could also use your clothes to wrap fragile items. This way you will be killing two birds with one stone.
- Work on one room at the time.
Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking about the big picture. Once you have your list made, you will know what room to start with first. You should be able to work room by room to get the packing done. This causes less confusion, as well as less clutter because you aren’t tearing down more than one room at the time.
March 14, 2018