Moving to another city, state or country is always challenging and stressful. However, we live in times when mobility is one of the greatest virtues a human being may have. So, if you want to be successful in life you better learn to cope with this ordeal, for you are going to deal with it at least from time to time, otherwise you will miss out on a lot of opportunities.
This article gives you some useful tips on how to deal with moving without going mad in the process.
First of all, you have to pack your belongings. But even before that you should look carefully at each thing you have in your household and ask yourself: do I really need it? When was the last time I actually used it? If it’s been more than a month it is probably time to say goodbye to it: carry out a garage sale or simply give the unnecessary things to those who need them.
Start collecting boxes in advance: plenty may be found at stores, at your place of work,or simply by asking around. Begin packing with non-essentials, things you don’t need every day. Don’t forget to label every box: what is inside, what is fragile and should be handled with care. Use clothes, pillows and suchlike to keep breakables from damage.
2. Drawing up a Plan
Be sure to draw up a careful plan of what and when you are going to do prior to moving. Plan your last trip for groceries to be two weeks before moving, so that you don’t have to empty your fridge in a hurry. If you have some things that you want to get rid of but which are too valuable to be given away or sold at a garage sale, start selling them via eBay, Etsy or Craigslist at least a couple of months prior to moving. About two weeks before moving you should change your address for utilities, credit cards, Amazon and suchlike. In other words, plan ahead so that there is nothing to surprise you.
3. Tips about Logistics
It isn’t enough to pack things; you should do it in a way that allows you to easily find what you need afterwards. In addition to simply labeling your boxes, try color-coding them – for example, everything belonging to the bathroom has orange labels on it. If you have any containers (baskets, suitcases, laundry bins, etc.), use them before you go out looking for boxes. Use vacuum sealing to minimize the space taken by clothes. All in all, you should do everything to make sure your things take as little space as possible.
4. Using Moving Companies
Moving companies may be of great help, especially in state to state moving. It saves you a lot of trouble, because the company takes it upon itself to organize everything, and if you have a lot of things to take with you it may be very difficult to do on your own. But even if you move to another flat within the same city it may be worth a try – professional movers are much better at dealing with breakables than your friends.
5. Preparing the New Flat
Try to visit your new flat a couple of days before you are going to move in to pre-clean bathroom and kitchen. It is also a good idea to stock them up with all the essentials: clean towels, shower curtains, toilet paper, and some basic food. After a long and arduous day of moving you will be dying for a hot shower, so it is better to be prepared.
Moving to a new place really can be a refreshing, energizing experience – if you approach it correctly. Think over and organize the whole thing carefully and it won’t be long till your housewarming party!
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