Moving to a new home can be time-consuming and often requires lots of careful planning and organizing. Unfortunately, there are a few ways that you can unintentionally make the moving process even more challenging for yourself and your family, including packing too much stuff, procrastinating, and forgetting to plan for your first few days in the new place. Here’s how you can avoid making these rookie moving mistakes.
Don’t Take Everything With You
Unless you already live a very minimalist lifestyle, you have probably accumulated too much stuff over the years. Instead of bringing everything to your new home, try to get rid of clutter and unnecessary stuff before you even start packing. You can sell your unwanted items at a yard sale, donate them, or even just bring them to the curb to be collected. Your move will be much easier if you have less stuff to transport, and you’ll also have more storage space when you get settled in your new home.
Start Planning and Packing Early
In situations as stressful and complicated as moving, many people tend to put off doing the hard work of planning and organizing until the last minute. But one of the best things you can do as you prepare for a move is to start getting everything separated, labeled, and ready to go as early as possible. This will not only save you a lot of stress once moving day arrives, but it will also ensure that your move is seamless and all of your belongings arrive when and where they should.
Prepare for Your First Few Days in the New Place
No one wants to arrive in a new home and realize they forgot to pack a phone charger, toothbrush, or supply of pet food. Remember that you will have to live in your new place for at least a few days as your belongings arrive and you find time to unpack and get settled. So be sure to pack all of your daily essentials separately from the rest of your belongings so that they’re easily accessible as soon as you arrive.