Moving from one home to another home can be one of the most stressful situations a person can go through. Just the thought of packing up everything in the house can cause some people to throw their hands in the air and give up. But there are a number of ways to make the dreaded task of packing (and the eventual unpacking) easier and less stressful.
The more unused and unnecessary items you eliminate, the less stuff you’ll have to pack up, unload, and organize in your new home. Doing a massive preliminary purge will have the single biggest impact on the efficiency and ease of your entire packing process. If there are items you no longer want but are in sellable shape, set them aside and determine where you can sell them. You will save time, money and energy by only packing the items that you truly want and need.
Before you start packing, make sure that you have supplies on hand. Garbage bags can be helpful to protect items and keep out the dust. Ziploc baggies are essential to hold screws and bolts that come with the furniture. Make sure that you have plenty of boxes, packing tape, and markers for labeling. Instead of trying to figure out how to pack up all your woven seagrass baskets, linen bins, and carry-on suitcases, store stuff inside them. Quilted blankets, bubble wrap, and sturdy tape all work well to protect TVs and similarly delicate items.
The key to finding your stuff easily is labeling all your packed boxes accurately and clearly. When you’re stacking boxes in a van or car you won’t be able to see their tops, so make sure you label the sides as well. You can also use color coded duct tape to label your boxes – this is great if you have messy handwriting.
Trying to pack the whole house in a short amount of time can be one of the biggest stressors of a move. If able, plan to spend several months working through the house to purge and pack room by room and in order of necessity. This can be anything from off-season clothing to books you’ve already read to mementos, pictures, and artwork. A little bit of organization goes a long way to ensure that it is fast and easy to unpack everything in your new home.
Using a storage unit can make a move even less stressful for several different reasons that many people don’t think about. Is it the middle of summer but you have decorations for the winter and fall holidays? A storage unit allows you to store these items until you have time to organize the rest of your items. If your new home is smaller than your current one, but you want to keep the furniture for later use, a storage unit allows you to keep these pieces and not overcrowd the current home. Even using a storage space to store items for a short period while you unpack will reduce the stress of a home full of box waiting to be unpacked.
Moving a home is one of the most demanding tasks you will ever come across, as it can cause a lot of disruption and stress in your life. With some purging, planning, and creative use of a storage unit, this new journey can be less stress and more fin and exciting.