Stressless Moving

Stressless Moving

Moving can be intimidating to say the least. Most people feel overwhelmed at the daunting tasks that lie ahead. Let's face it, moving is stressful both physically and mentally. So here are my tips for making moving a little smoother.:

1. Breathe. Seems silly right, but if you stress before you start you will end up having a melt down before it's over.

2. Make lists, lots of lists! I start with a general list: master bed room, spare bedroom, kitchen, etc. I then make sub-lists of those lists of what specifically needs packed, master bedroom dresser perhaps. You will feel so good when you start to check them off.

3. De-clutter! How many of us are secret hoarders of items that we never use? Do you have those clothing items that you swear one day you will wear? Well chances are you won't. Moving is the best time to get rid of it all. Make a toss, donate and keep pile and go room by room. If it's iffy, toss it - you don't need it.

4. Labels -  just make them your new best friend. Go label crazy! Once those boxes are piled at the new place you will be so happy you did. I usually have generic labels and then get a little more specific. Example: kitchen - pots and pans.

5. Numbering. Keeping with my OCD labeling theme, I number the boxes by importance. #1 for master bedroom means I can't function without it. Toiletries, bed sheets, items like that. Whereas #10 might be winter clothes when your moving in the spring.

6. Trash Bags and Boxes - while most people envision piles of boxes while moving, I envision trash bags. I use a lot of trash bags - there are endless possibilities. For example, have you ever used them to move your hanging clothes?  Instead of removing everything from hangers – why not take a bunch of hanging clothes and slip a trash bag right over them. It’s so much easier and faster to them put back! I use them for kids toys (especially balls) you can't put a round peg in a square hole, so bag them up! If you are ever just sitting there figuring out what box is going to work, think about trash bags!

7. Organize the boxes. Seems a bit obsessive right? Well, when the movers start chucking those boxes around like nothing, you will be so happy that you had them grouped together. Chances are whoever is moving those boxes just wants to get it done, but if you can have them semi-organized by room, when you start unpacking it will go a little smoother.

8. Moving day - send the kids and/or dogs to grandmas or a sitter. Today needs your full attention. Just make it through moving day and you will be celebrating.

9. I'm sure you thought that once the boxes have physically moved you would feel better - well that's not always the case. Unpacking is my least favorite part. Why? Because, I don't know my new house yet. I haven't made my decisions on where to put what. So I end up moving the utensils into every drawer available until I get the "that's it!" moment. Stay calm, you will get there. Start with the boxes you labeled #1 if you don't have time to unpack the whole house in a day.

10. Take a really deep breath and smile, you did it! You successfully (and hopefully with minimal stress) moved your entire house into a new place. Now that's a reason to celebrate! Grandmas got the kids and/or fur babies, so that's exactly what you should do. Cheers!

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