Moving from one home to another is an exciting experience but it can also be very stressful. Your normal surroundings are boxed up and everything seems chaotic. It is all too easy to become overwhelmed and end up becoming an emotional wreck. This does not have to be the case. With a bit of pre-planning, your move can happen smoothly, with order and precision.
Start packing early
Instead of trying to pack everything in one weekend, choose one room a day. Label any boxes you use in that room so that they can go directly to their correct place when you arrive at your new destination. This way, you won’t find yourself wondering why your cleaning supplies are in the bedroom and your dishes in the den.
Use packing as a time to get rid of any items you do not need, are broken or are simply unwanted. This will make certain that only what you truly want and need will move with you, making it easier to get your new place looking like home sooner.
Take care of utilities in advance
Call your local gas and electric companies at least two weeks in advance. Set the dates of transfer one day ahead for your new place and the day after your move for the old one. This will prevent you from being without either service at any time during your move.
Change of Address
Contact the postal service a week in advance to make sure your mail follows you without problem. In addition to changing your address at the post office, mail out cards to family and friends a week in advance so they can all find you easily.
Find child and pet sitters
Make arrangements to have someone take care of young kids and pets on the day of the move. Having to keep watch on them can add stress to the move. Make sure to include a favorite toy for each child and something familiar for your pets. Often they do not fully understand what is going on and this can resort in confusion and unwanted behavior.
You don’t have to do everything alone. Enlist the aid of family and friends or hire a local moving company to help load and unload boxes and set up furniture in your new place. Make sure thee is someone at both ends of the move so nobody has to wait for doors to be unlocked. Giving instructions before the move will help keep everyone on track.
Your first night in the new home will be unfamiliar to kids and pets. Unpacking can wait until the next day, but make sure everyone has their bed and some familiar comfort items handy. Go out to eat or have dinner ordered in so you can eliminate the need to find cooking items. In addition, have one box or bag that contains all important papers, necessary medication and hygiene items such as bathroom tissue and toothbrushes. You will eliminate the need to have to search for these.
There is no way to magically move from one home to another without some disorganization. By following a plan, however, you can eliminate most of the stress and make the move an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.