Moving is a difficult and stressful time for everyone. It can be especially hard if you are moving long distance, because the process may take much longer than expected. However, if you plan well, the whole process can be easier. In this article, we’ll discuss tips that will help make your move easier, so that you don’t have to worry about it.
1. Start Packing Early
Packing early is an essential step in the long distance moving process. Don’t wait until the last minute. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it can be when you’re not trying to figure out everything on your own in the last minutes before leaving your current residence.
Plus, this extra time can allow you to set aside or hire portable moving containers for things that don’t fit into boxes so they won’t get lost during transport. It will also help you to ship fragile items and sentimental family heirlooms.
If you want to free up space for items you will take with you, it is necessary to declutter your home. This means getting rid of things that no longer have a purpose or those that are just taking up room in the house. Some items worth parting ways with include clothing and shoes that haven’t been worn, appliances like microwaves and coffee machines, books you won’t read again, DVDs/CDs/Blu-rays etc., exercise equipment (unless used regularly), and furniture that’s not being used enough.
If there are any other areas around the house where storage seems excessive such as children’s bedrooms or basement closets then look at these spaces too.This process can be quite time consuming so it’s important to have plenty of time to complete this task.
You can donate the decluttered items or sell them to a consignment store. If you’re not sure what’s worth keeping, ask your family or friends for help determining that. You can also contact your moving company and ask them to look through everything with you before the moving day.
3. Have A Packing Schedule
Packing can be a tedious task if not planned well. When moving long distance it’s important to pack heavier items first. Packing lighter bulky items such as clothing and linens last will be more manageable when you are exhausted from all of the heavy lifting earlier.
Remember to also label everything. Labeling is important because things can get mixed up easily if not marked properly. Label each box with at least a description of what’s inside that particular box so there won’t be any confusion later. Make sure labels are visible from both sides of the box.
A good packing schedule should be spaced out. You can start packing months or weeks before the move. It will take less time for it to be completed and you may not need as many boxes or packing tape.
Pack the items depending on how useful they are to your daily life. Start with the ones you don’t use often and pack sentimental items last, as they are the hardest to move. Include a list of all your items (clothing, kitchen supplies, etc.) and keep it somewhere safe so you can be sure not to forget anything when packing.
The Bottom Line
A long-distance move is challenging, but it’s not impossible. The key to a successful move is planning and preparation. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can plan your next big life event with confidence.