Stress-Free Relocating: Tips for Avoiding Your Moving Day Migraine

despair-513529_640Moving to a new place is an exciting sentiment but packing and unpacking is sure to introduce an unwanted level of stress.  However, preparation helps smart movers avoid the moving-day migraine.  Before you lift a thing consider the following suggestions.

Discard the Unwanted

Do you really want to keep Christmas cards from ten years ago?  Will you have use for your now-grown daughter’s baby room furniture?  Devote time and survey your items; it’s likely you’ll find things that are unneeded in the new place and others that you can give away.  Keeping things you don’t want or won’t use creates added work.  Slim down the number of possessions.

Make Time

Since you can’t create time, you’ll have to make time to prepare.  As a rule of thumb, you’ll need more minutes than estimated.  If you can’t devote a full day toward the move, start preparing weeks or months earlier.  Start boxing and labeling items so you won’t have to do it all at once.  Better yet, create a checklist and overestimate the amount of time each task will take.  Don’t forget to ask good friends and close family members to help.

Be Gentle with Valuables

Begin envisioning how items will be situated in the moving van and what boxes will be placed next to one another, on top of others, etc.  Take precaution with valuables; you don’t want to dent your television or scrape your furniture by squeezing items into a tight space.  Envelope valuables in bubble wrap and use towels to cushion the space between fragile items.  Don’t wait until moving day to fit all of your belongings into the car, truck, or van.  If you don’t plan ahead, you may realize you don’t have room for all your things, which necessitates annoying last-minute decisions.

Divide Responsibility

If you’re a small person, you’re not going to lug a three-hundred pound dresser down the stairs all by yourself.  Delegate responsibility among participants and volunteers.  Dividing the work saves time and ensures people are properly assigned according to preference, physical strength, and availability.  Don’t be afraid to involve the kids; have them wrap items in newspaper, box, tape, and label.

Collect and Purchase Boxes

Boxes become prized possessions during a move, yet they can be expensive depending on how many you need and the size of each.  Start collecting boxes from commercial trash sites, ask friends for theirs, and inquire at local stores.  Moreover, learn how to place particular items into boxes as to maintain the integrity of the box while not breaking the item.  For example, dishes should be packed vertically rather than face up.  Don’t forget to use your luggage, backpacks, pillowcases, and other items.

Pack Items For the New Location

Pack and catalogue belongings so it will be easier to unload items once arriving at the new location.  For example, if you pack kitchen items along with possessions from the family room, you may find that in your new home the family room is far from the kitchen, which creates more work upon arrival.

Clean While You Pack

Rather than two separate jobs, clean your place while packing items.  It will save time and you’ll have less to do once you’re finished packing.  As suggested above, delegate responsibilities.  Have strong people lift and move while others clean and label.  Better yet, leave the heavy lifting to your  moving and storage service provider while you devote more energy toward directing and cleaning.

Ask for Help

You don’t have to do all of the planning.  Actually, it’s better to ask the advice of experienced professionals.  For example, how should you situate your dresser in the van?  How do you prepare heavy appliances for a move?  Don’t hesitate to ask and don’t assume you know the preferred methods of packing fragile and expensive items.

Gather Important Papers

Take note of what you’ll need before, during, and immediately after the move, including important papers, documents, maps, navigation devices, etc.  The last thing you’ll want to do is delve into already packed boxes for a paper or device needed for the trip.

Remember to Eat and Drink

You’re going to exert energy, especially if you’re in a rush.  Don’t forget to eat something and drink plenty of water while you’re packing, cleaning, and preparing for the move.  Otherwise, you’ll be more prone to feeling cranky and developing a massive headache.

The secret to stress-free relocation is plenty of preparation and planning.  Think twice so you only have to act once.  Proceed methodically, follow the above tips,  and avoid the menacing moving-day migraine.

Val Feder is the owner of Elite Moving and Storage, a moving and storage company serving Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

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