Moving to a new place can be emotional and equally exciting. While leaving your old place can be bittersweet, the idea of change can make you jittery – both from excitement and nervousness. But the fatigue of moving can dampen this initial excitement, especially if you don’t know how to go about it.
Staying organized throughout the moving process can keep you stress-free. Lucky for you, we are here with some tips to help you stay organized throughout the process.
So, whether you are among the 24% of residents moving out of Farmington or amongst the larger percentage planning to move within the city, our tips will help you make moving enjoyable rather than stressful.
1. Begin the Process Early
The first and most important tip on our list is to begin the process early. If you’re planning to put your property up for sale and move only when you’ve finalized the deal, you will have very little time to plan your move. On the other hand, it’s more difficult if you’re moving out of a rented property. The property owner might have interested buyers come to visit just after you’ve let them know about your plan to vacate.
Now, even though Farmington’s house prices have increased by 20.3% in the past year, houses are still selling above the list price. While it may not be true for every property on the market, it does provide a guideline. A great way to help you get started early is to rent Farmington storage units so you can pack and keep the things that you don’t need immediately in the unit. The best time to start doing this is when you’ve decided to vacate the property but before it is on the market.
2. Declutter and Downsize
Whether you’ve lived in a house for a long time or just a couple of years, you are bound to have things around the house that you don’t need anymore. This includes clothes in your wardrobe that don’t fit, pots and pans that you never cook in, or even furniture that needs a lot of room.
When you start packing early, you will come across things that you’ve kept because you might use them someday. But this is the best time to declutter since you might not have decluttered in a long time.
Here are some steps you can follow to declutter and downsize your belongings before you move:
- Host a garage sale to sell things and earn some extra cash before you move.
- Sell or donate things that are likely to get damaged during the move, especially if you’re moving long distances.
3. Pack the Essentials Last
Once you start packing, start one room at a time. Start with the least used space in the house – the garage or the storage room and start decluttering and packing. Leave the essentials like vacuum cleaners, mops, cleaning supplies, or tools because you might need them later.
Since your kitchen will be used till the last day, pack it last. However, you can pack your special pots and pans that you don’t use in cartons and keep them in your garage or storage unit.
4. Label, label, label
We can’t emphasize this enough – labeling is something you absolutely cannot forgo when you are packing. When you start packing late, you might not have time to label everything, which creates havoc while you’re packing and, most definitely, when you’re unpacking.
Here are some tips that could help:
● Color Code the Boxes
If you love organizing, you could even color-code the boxes according to the rooms they belong to. This will help the movers keep the boxes in the places you have designated, and you won’t have to move heavy boxes around or push them up the stairs when you’re unpacking.
Color coding the boxes doesn’t take a lot of time. You could buy some colored paper that you tape to every box accordingly or just use colored tape.
● Mark Fragile Boxes
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 40% of all complaints they receive report damage or property loss. To keep the damage low, use packing material like bubble wrap and mark the boxes containing fragile items. This way, the movers will know which boxes they must handle carefully while transporting.
Moving is exciting, but it is also tough. Packing is one of the most stressful aspects of moving to a new place. But if you’re organized, packing and moving can be a breeze.
We’ve listed some ways you can stay organized throughout the moving process. This includes starting packing early, labeling the boxes, and decluttering during the packing process. A pro tip is to rent out a storage unit so you can start packing early and make sure you’re done with the job by the time you’re set to vacate the premises.
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