Between rounding up dozens of boxes, wrapping your breakables, packing clothes, and completing what seems like a million other tasks, moving homes can seem like a daunting task.
But it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. There are many ways to reduce the stress of a move.
Here are 6 great tips, suggested by Buzzfeed:
Purge before packing: This is a no-brainer. It makes absolutely no sense to move items you’ll only throw away when you get to the new home. Go through all of your things and discard unwanted or unneeded items before starting to pack.
Take a photo of how your electronics are connected: Snapping a photo of the way your cords and wires connect to your electronics makes it infinitely easier to reconnect everything when you get to your new home.
Use Press’n Seal for your dresser drawers: Why take out all your clothes from a dresser, when you can move them right along with the furniture? Just cover the dresser drawers with Press’n Seal wrap to keep the clothes in place during the transition.
Color code boxes: Group items in boxes based on which room they are going to (all bathroom items in one box, all kitchen items in another, etc.). Then designate that room with colored duct tape on the box. For example, choose pink tape for boxes that hold bathroom items; white tape for kitchenware, and so on. This way, movers will know exactly where to put things when they arrive at your new home.
Use a clear plastic bin for essentials: When you get to your new home, it can be stressful trying to find things you need immediately if you haven’t planned ahead. By packing items like paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, eating utensils and cookware in a clear box, you’ll locate them right away.
Hire a babysitter: If you’re moving somewhere in the same city, take children and pets out of the moving-day equation. Hire a babysitter so you can concentrate on the move rather than what mischief your children are up to.