Relocation is by definition “the process of moving to or establishing in a new place” and by the sounds of it – we can already tell how stressful that can be. New Homes Guide understands that a major move can really take a toll on someone, especially when relocating an entire family to a brand new place. This is why coordination is the most important factor when relocating your household.
The process should be thoroughly thought out and planned in order to reduce the stress that can come from the whole experience. This is why New Homes Guide has compiled some of the best tips and tricks to reduce that moving stress!
Before you start packing
1. Prepare yourself mentally as best you can. If that means giving yourself a little break before the packing starts –so be it!
2. Organize logistics as much as possible in advance. The earlier you start planning, the more flexibility you will have to prepare and organize everything related to the move.
3. Work out your moving budget because moving is not cheap. There are many costs associated to moving: packing boxes, storage, movers, cleaners, moving trucks, etc. When you work out a budget ahead of time you will be able to know if you can afford to hire a moving company or other services during your move.
Packing up your old house
4. If you can live without it, let it go. Make sure you throw out or donate anything you may no longer need. Relocation is you chance to start fresh! Don’t bring old junk with you. If in doubt, chuck it out.
5. Organizing as you go. When packing, make sure to pack and compartmentalize each moving box. This means labeling by room and with plenty of detail – this will not only help you when it’s time to unpack but also give you some peace of mind!
6. Essentials should be packed separately. The last thing you want to happen when you move to your new house is not being able to sleep on fresh sheets on your first night there or not being able to find the coffee maker on that first morning. It’s the little things that matter! Make sure your essentials are on hand.
7. Turn on the fridge and stock it with essentials. While its acceptable to order carry-out while you get your clutter in order – make sure to stock your fridge and kitchen with some snacks and essentials to keep you going.
8. Create at least one chaos-free zone. Accept the fact that your house will be a mess for a little while. But while you are unpacking, make sure you create one chaos-free zone so you can have an area to sit in and take a break without all the clutter.
9. Unpack room by room. Be methodical and unpack room by room – this will help you stay focused and work quicker throughout the house.
10. Explore your new neighborhood! The craziness of moving and unpacking will surely guarantee you are cooped up in your house for a few days. But don’t let this stop you from taking a break and exploring everything your new neighborhood has to offer!
Check back in with us next week when we will share a more detailed moving timeline to help you organize the big move!