Moving can be exciting for many reasons: getting a fresh
start in a new neighborhood, meeting new people, discovering new adventures,
and of course, moving into a brand-new house! But let’s be honest: moving can
be difficult and overwhelming. Thankfully, with proper planning, you can make
your move less chaotic and a whole lot smoother.
Schedule your move
If you’re moving during a peak season, like the summer,
securing a moving truck or company can be difficult. Once you secure your
moving date, you can better plan the rest of your move.
Start packing early
Waiting for the last minute to start packing only increases
your stress levels and the likelihood of forgetting something. It’s common to
underestimate the time it takes to pack. Once you’ve scheduled your moving
date, use that to reverse-engineer your packing timeline. Start with packing
items you don’t regularly use, like holiday or seasonal décor, artwork, framed
photos, books, and the like.
Clean and declutter
Moving is a great motivator to declutter and purge your
belongings. There are a lot of things in our homes that have been forgotten
about in storage over the years. As you pack, take stock of your belongings and
purge everything you no longer need or use to sell, donate, or give away before
Label each side of the box (not just the top) so you can
quickly identify where the box should be placed. You can also use colored
stickers to designate each room, such as orange for the kitchen, green for the
master bathroom. Be sure to place a matching sticker on the corresponding room
door. Placing boxes in the room they belong too will make unpacking a breeze.
Pack an essentials box
Fill a box with everything you’ll need for a couple of days
after the big move to get you through so you don’t have to rush to unpack
everything. Bring along cleaning supplies, toilet paper, clean sheets and
bedding, bath towels and toiletries, and extra clothes.
If you’ve purchased furniture for your new home, avoid the temptation to have them delivered the same day as your move. Instead, schedule them either shortly before or shortly after moving in so you can fully focus on the movers.
Find a sitter
If you’re able, find a sitter to watch younger children or
pets. You’ll appreciate being able to fully focus on managing the move and
movers without worrying about keeping an eye out for young kids or pets.
Getting them away from the chaos of moving day will help make their transition
to a new home easier.
These tips can help make your transition into your new home manageable.
Southern Homes builds new single-family homes throughout Polk County. We’re dedicated to building quality new homes of superior design. We’re here for you and excited to help you find your new home.