*This post was created in collaboration with Travelers Insurance, all words are mine.
It’s been a while since I have moved from one house to another, at least more than 2 or 3 years now. While it has been a couple of years, I don’t have much trouble remembering the stress of making sure all our possessions were transported safely, that the wooden furniture didn’t get scuffed or that our dishes and glasses arrived intact. I also remember trying to pack all of our non-essential things while also keeping out a few items that we still needed (toothbrushes, shampoo or a change of clothes, etc.).
With children, I also needed to keep track of where all their things were as well as my own, because inevitably someone would ask for a certain toy or favorite blanket, and I didn’t want to be rummaging through box after box to find them. Once all of our things were relocated, we were then left with the task of unloading then sorting our belongings into a new space, a space that wasn’t quite as well suited to the items we had collected as the space before. One part of moving that I did like, however, is the chance to get rid of extra items that were weighing us down.
Packing your belongings provides a great opportunity to edit and purge those things that we truly didn’t need or use!
Break up the tasks you have to complete over the next 30 days, and get a little bit done at a time, which is much less overwhelming than trying to quickly throw your entire home’s contents into boxes just days before you have to be out.
One way to make this easier is to use this incredibly helpful moving-calendar resource from Travelers Insurance that will guide you through prioritizing, paring down and ticking off some of the most important steps, one day at a time. In addition to the tips from Travelers Insurance, I’m sharing 5 quick tips to help ease the stress of moving and make the process as smooth as possible.
If you’re really strapped for time, consider renting a storage unit temporarily. Begin by filling it up with your less used items to get them out of your current place immediately. Also, if you’re showing your home (prior to sale), then storage is also a great way to declutter and make the house look organized and appealing to potential buyers.
Packing up one room at a time is an efficient way of keeping your items where you can remember them. Likely, you’ve chosen to have certain items in each room, so it only makes sense to box up that entire room together. Of course, once you are settled in your new home, you may find they are better suited in other parts of the house, but don’t try to divide items up beforehand.
One way to keep the stress of moving to a minimum is to hire a moving company. Many will even pack your items for you, but if you want to be prepared and save time, reserve this service for the larger items like furniture. Also, it’s better not to do any packing on moving day. Do your best to get that all day in the days leading up to it. For smaller items, package these yourself; that way, you can ensure everything is organized and protected the way you want.
Moving is the best time to get rid of those items you or your family doesn’t need any more because you have to take literally everything you own out of the house. As you’re packing, keep a few labeled boxes to the side that will be for donation. Schedule a pickup or drop them off yourself. You won’t have as much to take with you to your new place and what you are taking will be those items you need and want the most.
Most people remember to label their boxes, but you can take it one step further and jot a quick list or description down on the side of the box, either with marker or on a large blank sticker. Don’t waste time listing everything; rather, pick your top 4-5 most important items in each box and include those. With all the chaos of moving, it’s so easy to misplace or forget where an item was packed up and a more detailed label can save time and frustration later on.