Packing up and moving isn’t something most people look forward to. Organizing boxes, carrying heavy furniture, and worrying about the weather, aren’t anyone’s favorite things to do. Moving doesn’t necessarily have to be something you dread though.
Here are three common mistakes to avoid if you don’t want your move to be an unpleasant one;
1. Skipping Organization
The more organized you are, the smoother your move will be. Packing up an entire house is no small feat, and if you aren’t organized it can quickly become a stressful experience. To avoid this, it’s important to pack room by room and clearly label each box. Include what items are in the box as well as where they should go in your new home. This way your movers (whether they’re hired professionals or friends and family) will know where to put the boxes without asking you. It will also help you unpack because you’ll know where all your belongings are located and which boxes to open first.
You should also consider what items you’ll need to use from the time most items are packed to the time you’re unpacked in your new home. Having to unpack boxes before you’ve moved is extremely frustrating, so be prepared to leave the essentials out and pack them into their own box right before you leave. This will also make it easier once you get to your new home because your essentials will be easy to find.
2. Not Planning Ahead
Waiting until the last minute to get things done can be the nail in the coffin for your move. If you wait too long to hire a mover, you may not have time to seek out references and ensure that your belongings will be taken care of. If you don’t ask friends and family for help ahead of time, you could find yourself moving all by yourself when they all have plans.
By not planning ahead you also run the risk of simply running out of time. Throwing things into boxes, all plans for organization going out the window, and stressing out about getting it all done will make for an unpleasant moving experience. Buying a home is an exciting venture, so it’d be a shame to ruin it by failing to give yourself enough time to do it right.
3. Failing to Sort Through Your Belongings
Moving into a new house is the perfect opportunity to de-clutter. Use your new home as a fresh start and only allow the things you actually want and use to enter it. If you don’t sort through your belongings as you pack it will make it much more difficult to unpack later. Getting motivated to unpack can be hard enough, so you’ll only make it worse by mixing in a bunch of stuff you don’t even want or need anymore.
The less you have to move the better, so why not take the opportunity to simply bag up the stuff you’ll never use? Items you find while packing that you haven’t used in five years, and forgot you even had, are the perfect example of things you shouldn’t bring into your new home. Keep in mind, tossing unwanted items will also reduce the number of heavy boxes you have to carry, which is a win-win for most people.
Moving is a process and it’s important to make sure you’re prepared so that things will go smoothly. You don’t want your first experiences in your new home to be negative or frustrating, so do your best to find the time to make sure your moving experience is a positive one.