Ready to move? The answer is probably no, but you’ll have to dive in eventually as move out day approaches. Moving can be an exciting time in your life, but it can be managed either very badly or very well. Below are three down-and-dirty tricks when cleaning up and packing to make moving homes a (reasonably) smooth transition.
The Old-Fashioned Cleanout
The best way to really dive in when you are moving house is to have an old-fashioned cleanout. This means sifting through your entire home. Anything that has not been actively touched in about five years can be donated or tossed. The specifics here are up to you, but having a hard and fast rule in place will allow you to dispose of more items that may be in that gray area. Tackling this huge and time-consuming project will be worth it since you will end up taking less stuff with you to your new home.
Many homeowners will take excess items and place them into offsite storage units. This can be a particularly useful strategy in a local move.
The use of a storage unit accomplishes a few things. It makes the physical move easier because contents will be handled well in advance of the move. Placing items in storage can also give you more room and let you deal with certain items later, especially if you are short on time.
Using your existing storage units can also help cut down on the number of boxes you need to buy and bring. Simply leave clothes in their drawers and wrap them with some plastic food wrap. Once in your new home, remove the plastic wrap and place the drawer back on its rails – easy!
Having sturdy boxes to store items and other items like bubble wrap ahead of your move will make it much easier and less stressful as you’ll have everything you need.
One Room at a Time
Many families will try to pack up and move their whole house at once. But it is far easier to lean into moving slowly by doing one room at a time. Do not move onto the next room until the first room is done. Stagger how much you need to do each day to make it less stressful. You can try to clean-up one room every other day. When you’re done, place the items in a designated room. Tackling one room at a time is more efficient than trying to do too much at once.
Moving is hard, but it does not always have to be. With these tricks, you can manage a move with more grace and fewer burdens than expected.
Once you’re all moved in, make sure you can fit everything you own in your home and say goodbye to that offsite storage unit. With Closet & Storage Concepts, we can help you turn any drab room into something amazing. Find a local designer near you to get started.