6 Tips to Take the Stress Out of Your Big Move

Moving. It’s a complicated, scary word. Sure, you’ll be happy with the change eventually, but getting all of your stuff to your new place in one piece, without losing anything, is stressful. It’s a big job and can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry. With these helpful tips, you can simplify the process.

1. Plan Ahead

Take time to plan, so your move will be organized and calm. Waiting until the last minute will only create stress and panicked packing.

Collect sturdy boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap or packing peanuts, so you can ensure everything makes the move safely.

In the weeks leading up to your move, start by packing up the items you know you aren’t going to be using any time soon. This includes decorations, books, non-seasonal clothing, etc. As moving day approaches, you’ll have to make do with less and less, but you will also have less to pack, which will make your move smoother.

2. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

When you take your time packing, you can go through each item and decide if it needs to make the move with you or find a new home. Designate a box for items to be thrown out and one for items to be donated to charity.

3. Take Inventory

As you place each item in a box, create a written inventory, especially if it is an item of value. Create two copies of the list. Tape one firmly to the outside of the box and put the other copy in a master binder.

By having an inventory in a master binder, you will be able to keep track of items more easily. You will also have a list to give to the insurance company if anything is misplaced or damaged as you pack and unload your possessions.

4. Keep Boxes as Light as Possible

Remember that you are going to have to move these boxes. As you pack them, make sure that they aren’t too heavy. Otherwise, you won’t be able to pick them up off the floor, or the box might break during the move.

Don’t pack heavy items like books all in one box. Distribute the books in several different boxes, and fill up the rest of the space with lighter items like clothes or soft toys.

Completely fill boxes. If the boxes aren’t full, you won’t be able to stack them as easily. Some of the emptier boxes might get crushed.

5. Label Each Box

In addition to the inventory list attached to each box, write a label in big, fat letters. Write it on the top and on two sides. This way you will be able to see which box it is even if it is stacked with other boxes.

Labels might include the location where the items should be going, such as “Jack’s Room,” or instructions for handling, such as “Fragile.” The more specific the label, the easier it will be to make sure boxes go to the right rooms at your new house.

6. Gather What You’ll Need During the Move

Pack an overnight bag or box for each member of your family. That way you don’t have to unpack half your boxes to get to the things you need when you arrive.

By following these tips, you will ensure that you have a successful move with significantly less stress. Life gets hectic, so if you feel that you need extra help packing and cleaning, call McMaid Home Services or fill out a service request here. We’ll gladly lighten the heavy load at this time of change.

What tips have worked during your move? Share in the comments below!

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  1. Your idea of writing an inventory for each box and keeping a copy in a binder is brilliant!

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