Are you planning to move in the near future? With housing prices going crazy, it’s a great time to sell if you plan on downsizing or moving to a new location.
Or, maybe you are like me and have kids in high school. Knowing that they will be heading to college in just a few short years has me thinking about what I’ll do. If they don’t stay in our state, I might consider moving somewhere warmer. Or sell the house and travel for a few years. Who knows, the sky’s the limit!
Even if I don’t move, THEY will, so I can still use these moving tips on their behalf.
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Regardless of your situation, if a move is in your near or distant future, I’ve got a few tips to make it much easier on you:
- Get rid of clutter. We know that odds are strong we’ll be moving in the next 6 years. So, I’m getting a jump on things by working hard to get rid of clutter. I’ve been going room by room and decluttering like crazy. Goodwill is probably cringing whenever they see me coming! (or celebrating?).
I’ve found that decluttering can be overwhelming unless you attack it a little bit at a time. So pick a room and then make your goal for the day to declutter one section of that room. For example, today my goal is to declutter the bookshelf in my office. That’s it. I estimate it will take me 15 to 20 minutes.
The next day attack another section of the room, and so forth. Before you know it, you’ve got one room completed and can move on to the next one. As you work on each section, place anything that is leaving the house in a box. At the end of the week, this box goes directly to Goodwill. Out and away is my motto! Once I’ve determined we don’t need it, it doesn’t come back into the house.
This is my plan for the next few months – I hope to be completely finished by the end of the year!
- Pack by room. Just like decluttering, it makes sense to pack room by room. If you have a move planned, start packing one room at a time. Even if you hire movers (which I highly recommend), there are probably items you’ll want to pack yourself.
Take each room individually and go through all your (now decluttered) items to decide what you want to pack. I’d suggest handling it just like you did decluttering. One section of the room at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. The most important part is to label each box with the name of the room it will go into in your new home – this will make unpacking SO much easier!
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- Hire a professional moving company. When I was younger, we used to move ourselves, but those days are long gone. Thank goodness. There is nothing like using a professional moving company to help your move go smoothly.
A professional like Gameday Moving Services Houston, a long-distance moving company out of Houston will make your life so much easier. They offer a variety of services including labor, packing, and gun safe moving in the Houston, Texas area. Be sure to call them to help you when you need it the most, especially if moving is something that stresses you out.
When you consider the time, effort, and stress involved in moving, it’s truly worth it to hire a professional and affordable mover. Don’t live in Houston? I’d still definitely check out Gameday Moving Services – they might be the perfect fit for your move!
Even if you do pack some of your items, it’s a lot of work to physically move them from place to place. A good mover will handle that aspect for you so you can work on unpacking, getting your new place ready, and settling in quickly. Priceless!
- Pack a weekend bag. Most folks forget about the transit time and end up discovering they have packed something critical like their toothbrush or medication and it’s on the moving truck.
Don’t be like most people! I suggest packing a weekend bag just like you would if you were going away for the weekend. Include everything you need to get ready for at least 3 or 4 days. This way you don’t have to stress about finding the “right” box when you arrive at your new destination – you have all the essentials right at your fingertips.
I’d even include a bathing suit and a few towels in case you have access to a pool or hot tub for unwinding after the hard work of moving.
When is the last time you’ve moved? What are YOUR best moving tips? I’d love to start gathering them so that when we do decide to downsize a bit (or move somewhere warmer), it’ll be a success!
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