Moving to a new house is both exciting and excruciating. It’s exciting because it’s the start of a new life in a new home, and excruciating because it involves a lot of work. Although moving is more than just a day’s work, it doesn’t mean it can’t be made easier.
Here is the checklist for you to navigate your way for a smooth and stress-free move.
1. Create a calendar
Creating a calendar of events can make you see the packing and moving process in an organised manner, making you less likely to panic or break down due to stress. A calendar also makes you look at the things that you will need in the packing process, as well as the things you need to book in advance like a moving truck or company. Planning ahead can also help you get more things done efficiently.
2. Make a list of supplies
Make sure that you have complete packing supplies like boxes, pens, markers, packaging tape, scissors, cleaning supplies, bubble wrap, and packing paper. Having all these supplies with you keeps you well on your packing schedule.
3. Start the packing process early
Packing is more than just stuffing your things in boxes. Start packing a few weeks before your move. By assessing your things early, you can determine how many boxes and containers you’ll need.
But before you start packing, purge out the things that you don’t need any more and donate them or throw them away. Finally, organise your items and start on those that you won’t be needing in the next few weeks.
4. Delegate tasks
Any task can be more easily done when you have some extra helping hands. Even your young’uns can assist you in their small ways like sorting small things or labelling boxes. You can also call family and friends to help you with packing, sorting, and cleaning. If you have toddlers and pets, it will be a good idea to hire babysitters and pet sitters.
5. Organise, label, and colour code your boxes.
To make unpacking easier, pack things per room and colour code their boxes. Label each box and provide a general description so you can find things easier. Mark also the most essential boxes, and make sure they are loaded last so that you can unload them first.
Make an inventory of your things as you pack them. Keep a separate box for the essential things that you will need immediately such as toiletries, medicines, and some clothes that you will use on the first night of the move.
6. Pack your valuables separately.
Do not put valuables like jewellery, important documents like passport, birth and marriage certificates, in a box. Put them in a hand carry bag and make sure that you always have it with you.
7. Make a floor plan for your new house
A map of your new house can make your unpacking and organising easier. Know the floor area and measure the doors and other entryways to ensure that all your furniture will fit. Make a sketch of where you want to put your furniture and coordinate it with your hired movers.