You just received the call. You know the one. The call that bears incredibly good news from a potential employer. This call just informed you that you’ve landed your dream job-halfway across the country.
No matter why you need to move, reality starts to sink in earlier than you expected. You look around your current home and notice that you have too many things to do in a short amount of time.
So where to begin?
You might start to panic or feel stressed with the never-ending to-do list you haven’t created yet. Calm your worries and continue reading this article. Below, we’ll give you some necessary tips so that you can pack and move with ease.
1. Start Sooner-Not Later
You might feel tempted to delay packing as long as you can. However, procrastination can make you feel more frustrated. Rather than pack two weeks before your move, start immediately.
First, make a list of what you’ll need to pack. Gather boxes, permanent markers, box tape, bubble wrap, and other packing essentials. Store these items in an easily accessible area so you don’t have to tear your home apart when you box up clothing, dishes, books, and other items.
Second, create a small daily to-do list. This method will help you accomplish small tasks each day. Little by little, you’ll pack up your house-without the overwhelming stress that last-minute packing creates.
Finally, ask friends and family for help, or hire movers if you can. You don’t want to risk packing and moving heavy boxes and furniture on your own. With this tip, you ensure ahead of time that you’ll have the necessary bodies and vehicles to transport your possessions when you move.
2. Know What Not to Pack
Some moving companies won’t allow you to move or transport certain items, such as flammable liquids, explosives, valuables, and perishables. Read our previous blog article (http://midwaymoving.com/ensure-your-belongings-arrive-safely-dont-packthese-7-items/) to learn which items you shouldn’t send to your new home via moving truck.
3. Pack One Room at a Time
Reduce your stress and pack your home room by room. Start with the room you use least often-such as your coat closet or storage room. Box up nonessential items first, then continue packing until you’ve finished the room. Repeat until you’ve packed up the rest of your house.
And don’t forget to keep a marker handy. Write the name of the room on each box, as well as the contents inside. Or, if you prefer, use colored duct tape to color-code each room. This trick will help you know what items to unpack in which rooms in your new house.
4. Make the Most of Your Furniture
Save money on boxes and other packing materials, and “repurpose” your furniture. Fixtures including dressers, desks, wardrobes, etc. have plenty of drawer space to store your clothing, paperwork, shoes, and other items.
If you want to carry these pieces of furniture out of your home efficiently, just remove the drawers (remember to keep them filled with your possessions) and cover them with plastic wrap or Press’n Seal to keep your items secure.
5. Sleep Well and Eat Right
Think back on your college or internship days. How often did you get enough sleep? Probably not as much as you should have. If you can make it through your undergrad or masters on fewer than four hours of sleep a night, you might believe you can do the same as you pack. After all, you’ve endured sleepless nights before.
And since you have various tasks to complete before your move, you’d rather go out to eat than make a home-cooked meal. Fast food seems quick and convenient, and you don’t have to dirty dishes and waste precious time. However, fast food can make you feel ill or sluggish-not to mention it adds an extra expense you might want to forego.
As you pack and prepare to move, make sure that you sleep well and eat right. If you sleep between eight and nine hours each night, you’ll increase your focus and stamina. When you eat balanced meals, you also boost your immune system and reduce your chances for becoming sick during the move.
Rather than visit your favorite burger joint or pizza place every day before the move, try some of the following recipes:
- Bacon Potato Salad
- BLT Salad
- Cilantro Lime Chicken and Brown Rice
- Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
- Eggies in a Basket (or Toad in a Hole)
- Hamburger Gravy and Mashed Potatoes
- Oven-Baked Pork Chops and Veggies
- Quick Chicken Stir Fry Tuna Pasta Salad
Not sure how to prepare these dishes? Simply Google the recipe names for step-by-step instructions.
As you get ready to move, recall these tips. Implement some or all of them to improve your packing. And if you want more moving tips, stay up-to-date with our blog (http://midwaymoving.com/blog/). We’ll keep posting other tips and tricks for you to use-wherever and whenever you move.