How to deal with moving to a new home
I’ve had my fair share of experience in moving, and I’ve learned that the key to a seamless moving experience is planning and organization. If you have a lot of time to prepare for the actual move, then you can really take your time in making sure that moving to a new place will be easy and stress-free. However, if time is a luxury that you don’t have, you’ll have to focus more on an organization. Here are a couple of tips that I can give you.
Go through your things and decide on which ones should be packed and included in your new home. Don’t be afraid to throw away stuff that’s already broken which you said you’ll get around to fix or get repaired. Better yet, sell them in a junk shop. You may also want to donate your old clothes, shoes, and other things that can be used in evacuation centers or by those who are underprivileged. If you need extra cash to help with moving, you may also want to consider having a garage sale. I’ve also experienced having enough extra unused clothes and trinkets that ended up being transferred to my stock for Christmas presents an emergency presents. You know, in case you’re invited to an acquaintance’s birthday party and you don’t have time to shop.
Packing is Key
Take time to shop for the right sized boxes and containers to make packing easy. Make sure to get bubble wraps and Styrofoam peanuts for fragile items. Now if you want to save up, one tip is a lot the bubble wraps and Styrofoam only for large fragile items, like your TV. For plates and glassware, I just use old newspapers. You’re gonna wash them all anyway when you unpack, so why spend extra, right? Oh, and it’s advisable to stack your plates vertically when boxing them up. This way, your precious china won’t move around inside the box during transport.
Pack from the inside out. Say the innermost part of the old place is the bedroom, pack your stuff there first all the way out to the living room. Imagine packing your stuff in the living room first and having to go all the way back to your room and pack there. That’s a lot of tip-toeing around packed boxes.
Consume perishables on the days leading up to the move. You wouldn’t know if you’ll get around to unpacking right away and setting up the kitchen first thing you get there, right? Might as well avoid spoilage and wasting your money.
Pack a “carry on” for each member of the family. It could be a box or a bag with your essentials on it. Basically, it should be the box or bag that’s opened first when you arrive at the new place. Let’s face it, we’re all tired and kinda lazy after moving into the new place. Have three-days to a week’s worth of clothes in your carry on. I think it depends on how well you know yourself. Do you see yourself really, and I mean really unpacking your stuff in three days? If not, better add some more. Your carry on should also have your personal hygiene essentials like your toothbrush, small toiletries, whatever you need to get primped up. As for me, my carry on also includes a flashlight, band-aids, alcohol – rubbing alcohol! I know what you’re thinking. You can pack that too if you like. I also pack trash bags, bottled water, wet tissue, and my phone charger.
Since we’re not always sure if the new place is really clean, as the last tip, pack a separate box with your go-to cleaning products. It’s one of the first boxes that I open when I move to a new place. This way, you can sleep soundly on your first night in your new home with the assurance that it’s cleaned just the way you like it.
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