Let's face it, moving in or out of a home is no fun – for anyone. Even if you have hired a professional mover to do the lion's share of the work, there is plenty of work left over to be done by a homeowner.
It can feel overwhelming and daunting. There are, however, a few simple things you can do to make that experience feel a bit less burdensome. Erasing the drudgery involved with moving may not be possible, but minimizing the stress involved can be realized.
A few months before moving, acquire a number of see-through bins. Pack all those things you will want to use the day you move in as well as items for at least the following week: coffee maker, blankets and pillows, personal-care items, towels, specific articles of clothing, etc. Stack those bins in a corner of your new home to keep them entirely separate from all the other boxes, bags and bins that will fill your spaces.
Since the bins are transparent, you will be able to see at a glance what items are in which bins – no searching and no wondering where certain 'need-now' items are. You can, also, have these bins clearly marked with bold, permanent marker – and don't worry, the permanent markings can be easily and completely removed with a little hair-spray and a paper towel.
Once all your packed belongings begin to pile up in your new home, it is very easy to become overwhelmed with the anxiety-producing visual. Staying focused on the 'little picture' will help. That 'little picture' involves telling yourself you will tackle one room at a time and that things will be accomplished in due time.
The first step is getting all labeled boxes in their respective rooms. Focusing on just the kitchen, for example, is a good beginning since cooking will probably trump the expense of going out to eat each day. Perhaps the living room will be your next project, or a bedroom. As each room shows signs of truly coming together, you will feel a sense of control of the situation.
Speaking of being in control, don't allow the wiring of electronic gadgets to stifle your 'I'm-in-control' mode. Before you move out of your current home, use your camera to take photos of how each device's wire and cables are hooked up. From fax machines, printers, to desk-top computers, tech toys/gaming consoles, etc, you don't want to have to figure out, after you move in, what wires go where. A picture truly does say a thousand words! In your new home, you'll have wires in place and connected in no time just by referring to the photos you saved to your phone!
The last thing one needs is a pet running underfoot during the buzz of activity, especially during the first day of moving in. Smaller pets, especially, can become injured if not easily noticed by the variety of people coming and going. Because of this, asking a relative or friend to watch your cat or dog for
the day will be one less thing for you to concern yourself with. Your stress level will go down and you will be able to totally focus, uninterruptedly, with the activities at hand.
Don't stop with your pets, though – small children can get underfoot, as well. Making sure they are with a trusted family member or friend will ensure your sanity on move-in day is where it needs to be.
Purging personal items can be hard for some of us due to emotional attachments to any number of items. Purging as much as possible, however, will allow moving into your new home to become that much easier – less to pack, less to unpack, and less storage space that will be utilized.
A couple months before you move out of your home, set aside items that no longer do anything except take up space and collect dust. Create three piles: 1) KEEP 2) DISCARD and (3 DONATE. Purging will mean you will have that much less to deal with once you move in, and that paves the way to minimize move-in stress! In the end, purging can be very therapeutic.
Perhaps the last thing on your mind during move-in day – or move-in week – will be cooking. If possible, treat you and your family to dining out at least a few times during move-in week. Dining out could be viewed as an enjoyable reward for all the hard work. Getting together with family and/or friends at the end of one or more days can serve as mental renewal for the next day's move-in activities.
Technology covers every aspect of our lives, including moving. There are a variety of moving apps available, and these awesome little bits of tech software can provide guide-lists and check-lists that are interactive. You can check off those activities that are listed on the app, and you can add your own list of activities to the app, as well. You will be able to create multiple lists and add notes that can be sent as text reminders. If you want auditory reminders at a certain time of day, your app will clearly prompt you. Color coding allows you to assign a color to each room being tackled, and you will be able to organize your move like a multitasking pro and reduce to a minimum, the mental overload!
Like any important event in your life, planning ahead for move-in day is the key to the success of the project.
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