For anyone who loves their belongings but despises living in clutter, downsizing a home can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Seniors, empty nesters, and people moving from a suburban home to a city apartment all face the challenge of furnishing a new space with limited space for furniture, accessories, clothing, and collectibles.
Getting ready for your move will help you succeed. Set aside an afternoon to create a strategy. A good plan will keep your move on track, relieve some of your stress, and assist you in completing the process with minimal frustration.
Make a To-Do List
Although a moving checklist may appear tedious, it is effective. Writing or typing your to-do list helps you remember it so you don’t waste time trying to recall what you need to do. This is especially useful if you’re relocating to another country.
The following items should be on your checklist:
Making contact with utility companies to arrange for shut-off service
Setting up mail forwarding is beneficial.
Purchasing packing supplies
Any task or item that you don’t want to overlook
Keep track of your progress by crossing off items as you finish them.
Make a Budget
Moving can be costly, but sticking to a budget can help you save money. Your budget will determine whether you can afford a full-service move or if you’ll have to do it yourself. A realistic moving budget will ensure that your move does not exceed your financial means.
Hire a moving company or do it yourself
You’ll know whether you can hire professional movers or do it yourself once you’ve established your budget. It’s time to research top moving companies if you’re hiring movers. Begin by asking friends and family for recommendations. Before making a decision, compare quotes from several companies.
Get quotes on trunk rentals and equipment for a do-it-yourself move. Recruit friends and family members to assist you with packing and loading.
Moving is an excellent opportunity to declutter. Sort through your belongings and donate or discard anything you no longer require. This step will help you save time while packing and give you more room on the moving truck.
Acquire Packing Materials
It’s time to get moving boxes and packing supplies now that you have a better idea of how much you have to move. Purchase more moving boxes than you anticipate. The last thing you want to do on packing day is have to scramble to find or buy more. This will add to your stress and waste your time.
Numerous packing calculators are available to assist you in estimating how much you will require. Unused packing materials can be donated, recycled or sold to someone else who is getting ready to move.
Make an Essentials Box for Moving Day
Last but not least, remember to pack your moving day essentials box or bag. Without it, your relocation may be less than pleasant. First, make a list of everything you’ll need on moving day. You won’t forget anything important at the last minute this way.
Medication, toiletries, an extra set of clothes, ID and credit cards, important documents, baby essentials, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, a tool kit, pet essentials, and bottled water are just a few examples of essentials.