So, you finally found your new place and now all you have to do is move in. Sounds easy enough, right?
After considering your current home’s full furnishings, decor, clothing, appliances, random knickknacks, and keepsakes – moving might seem more daunting of a task than originally expected. Unfortunately, it may not be worth the high price of hiring a company to handle the move for you.
And the alternative to outsourcing the move is doing it yourself.
Fortunately, though, you can make moving easier, and maybe even…fun.
The key to a successful and efficient self-move is proper planning. While we can probably all agree that the physical moving process is not always easy, making some important considerations during the planning of your move can make it as painless as possible.
Consolidate, Organise, and Purge
Moving can serve as a great opportunity to organise your belongings and to get rid of anything that you no longer need. Think about where in your new home you want to place your current belongings.
Designate rooms and areas in your current home as staging areas for items that will be moved into specific places in your new home. Consolidate all of the items in those staging areas and place them in boxes and moving containers—labelling them according to their future locations.
Get rid of everything you no longer need before you move into your new home. Whether you decide to give items away, sell them, or send them to the trash, make the decision to not bring them to your new home.
Employ Your Buddies
It’ll be hard to move that dresser or dining room table by yourself. Find a handful of your friends who will accept your gratitude as payment and get to work!
Keep in mind that you will absolutely need some assistance in moving certain items. With that said, make sure that you pick your more dependable friends to come through for you in your time of need. Having a group of people that you know will show up is critical to the moving schedule you develop. Give everyone ample notice to prevent any avoidable scheduling conflicts.
Acquire Proper Transportation
The average home move likely requires a transport vehicle larger than a sedan. Walk around your current home and take note of the size and number of items that you plan to move.
It’s probably safe to assume that you will at least need a pick-up truck if you have to move large furniture or appliances. If you have quite a few large items like these to move, you may want to consider renting a moving truck.
Regardless of the amount of stuff you have to move, the larger the vehicle you have, the less trips it will take to move it to your new home. Keep in mind the distance you have to travel to your new home as well as the fact that, if you have to rent a vehicle, the cost will increase with the size of the truck.
Create a Schedule
You will set yourself and your friendly moving crew up for some long days if your explanation of a schedule is, “Today, we’re moving all of my stuff from here to there.”
A good way to plan your days is to split your efforts into which rooms you want to have moved into chronological tasks. For example, if its most important to you that the kitchen items are moved first and the office items are moved next, then schedule each of those areas to be cleared out before the other rooms. Assign specific rooms to each person helping or, if space permits, have everyone work in the same room until all items have been moved out.
The number one most important thing in any physical activity is safety; and trust us, moving can be dangerous. The number two goal during the moving process is to successfully move all of your belongings to your new home.
But most importantly, you want to complete your move injury-free.
Make sure to prepare for potential weather conditions. We recommend that you avoid any moving in icy or wet conditions due to the potential for slipping.
Also, make sure you have safety straps and safety belts handy for when you need to lift those heavy items. No one wants a back injury!
Let’s be real, the physical moving process is not usually very fun. However, with the right plan and the right people assisting you, your move can be painless once executed. Be realistic in how much stuff you have and how much time you think it should take to organise and move everything. It isn’t that bad of an idea to have plenty of snacks and drinks available on moving day to keep you and your moving team energised and hydrated for all of that physical activity.
Be Kind to Yourself
Moving is not an overnight process. It can take several weeks or even months to fully unpack and adjust to your new place. If you ever feel the move is getting too much, stop, take a break and resume later. Make yourself a cup of tea, go to bed, read, get outside – but rather than pushing it, remember to be kind to yourself.
Be positive – moving somewhere new is an opportunity for a fresh start. Celebrate the move, and be excited by what it may bring. The tediousness of moving will only be temporary.
To get the best out of your moving experience, try:
- Getting a playlist together so you can listen to your favourite tunes while unpacking.
- Getting friends or family members over to help you (and enjoy celebratory champagne breaks).
- Asking a friend or old neighbour to mind your pets while you move.
- Ask for help when you need it: Don’t take everything on yourself.
- Organise moving trucks, boxes and deliveries well in advance.
- Take breaks when you need them.
- Less is more: Only bring what will fit into your new place, both physically and aesthetically. Remember, the best part of moving is starting fresh. Take hold of this opportunity!
Best of luck with your move!