There are very few things that are as stressful as Moving Day. It’s one thing to pack a bag for a vacation, but when you are packing your whole life into a limited number of boxes, now that can be hard. Hence, here is a guide to make life easier in terms of the packing and the unpacking.
First of all, whether or not you are not heading off to a new residence, stock up on boxes. You can purchase them from drugstores and supermarkets.
Before you take on the herculean task of packing everything, make sure that you have the following: bubble wrap, scissors, markers, labels, packing tape and newspapers.
It is best to tackle the packing per room so that you do not get overwhelmed. For larger rooms like the living room and library, which have a specific layout, you may want to take a Polaroid picture or even just a picture on your phone so that you can remember where things go once you unpack in your new residence. You can tape the Polaroid on the side of the box and label the box accordingly to make it easier for the movers.
If you’re moving to some place smaller, you will need to de-clutter. Before packing, sort out your items into three piles: keep, donate or sell, and discard. Rule of thumb – Discard clothes that you have not worn for over a year and which you do not see yourself wearing in the next 6 months.
If you would like to teach the kids to de-clutter as well, give them a box and instruct them that they can only bring games and toys that can fit into the box. Everything else that cannot be accommodated will be left behind. This exercise will help them to prioritize.
The most important tip of all is to not rush the packing. Start small and start early. Make sure to keep a master list as well of all the things you have packed.
Let’s get packing!