So you’ve gotten through the negotiations and paperwork and now it’s time to get moving! You might be stressing over the idea of fitting the contents of your life in to one seemingly small moving van, but with a little planning, organization and help from the right people you can do this without a major headache
1. Get rid of A LOT
Like really, a lot. The more unnecessary stuff you can get rid of now, the less you will have to pack, haul and unload. Go through your space and seriously consider if you need, love or can’t live without the item. If the answer is no, toss it and don’t look back.
And what to do with all of it, you ask? Most areas have free donation pick up services, so be sure to check out places like the Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America or any other local organization that can has pick up options. For big ticket items, consider selling on Ebay, Facebook marketplaces, or fashion sites like Poshmark.
2. Research Moving Companies
A moving company can often make or break your entire moving experience, so it’s important to get it right. The more effort you put into finding a reputable company with excellent customer service ahead of time, the less hassle you’ll have on moving day. Men on the Move, is a Long Island based Moving and Storage Company that is consistently receiving rave reviews and awards for their service. Contact them for a free estimate or check out their Pro Tips checklist for what you should be doing in the weeks before your big move.
3. Start packing early
Start the packing as soon as you can to avoid the stress of the last minute moving chaos. Do a little bit each week and you will feel quite accomplished by the time moving day rolls around. Early pack items can include Off Season clothing, Seasonal stuff, Books, Pictures, Decorative items and anything else that you are sure you won’t be using from now until after the move.
4. Pack Efficiently
Think about the contents and weight of each box before you start packing. Use small boxes for heavy items and large boxes for lighter things like pillows, towels and linens. Also, save on bubble wrap by wrapping breakables in linens. Glasses and stemware will need bubble wrap but you can pack them in (clean) socks for some extra padding. Pack dishes vertically in a small box, place Styrofoam plates in between each breakable dish, and wrap them in a layer or two of bubble wrap to prevent cracking.
5. Pack an essentials bag
Pack a piece of luggage with some of the items that you will need to feel more settled in once you arrive. This can include toilet paper, hand soap, towels, sheets, snacks, a change of clothes, your toiletries, phone chargers and your laptop. Chances are you won’t be fully unpacked after the first day, or first week for that matter, but keeping some of these essentials in one easily accessible spot will help to make things a bit more comfortable.
6. Pack a cleaning supplies box
If you can get to the new home before the move and pre-clean the kitchen and bathrooms it will be a huge help for you on moving day. If you can’t get there before, be sure to pack a box labeled “cleaning supplies” so that you can give the home a thorough cleaning before you start unpacking. Also remember to leave yourself a few cleaning supplies for your old home to do a final sweep once everything is cleared out. This would include a broom, dustpan, duster, sponge, cleaning products, and paper towels for wiping the grimy, hidden surfaces you could never get to when all your stuff was in the way.
7. Packing up your closets
Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you. Pack them with clothes, shoes, kids toys, whatever you can fit. Also an inexpensive way to easily pack up your hanging clothes and jackets is to cover them in (clean) trash bags. Take a trash bag and make a small hole in the middle of the bottom of the bag. Pull the hangers through the hole and pull the bag down over the clothes. From there they are ready to transport and be hung directly in to their new home!
8. Label Efficiently
Using the color coding system will prove to be a big help when moving day rolls around. Pick a color for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly with colored electrical tape. Label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape so that movers know where to place the boxes. Be sure to label each side of the box since the tops are mostly covered when they are stacked.