Moving is both a joy and strenuous. At first, you’re the happiest person in the world to have found the next jewel to call your home. You can hardly stop thinking about which paint to use for the walls and where to put your furniture. It’ll be just beautiful. But before you can enjoy your precious new home, there’s the moving part. Follow our tips to make your move as fast and efficient as possible. Don’t forget to learn more about timely junk removal, too!
What To Do First
The first you should do for your move is to get organized and to create a packing calendar. Although there will be days when life gets between your schedule, it’ll be wise to follow it as closely as possible.
Your packing calendar should include a To-Do-List of when to pack what as well as some paperwork stuff. You’ll make the move a lot more efficient if you start packing early and go room by room. As such, start packing once you know that you are moving. Once you have the moving date, you can become more methodical with your packing list and other To-Do-items. At best, your packing calendar starts four weeks before your move, but it’s never too early to start packing at all. Attach a To-Do-list to your packing calendar such as informing utility services about your move. If you have children or pets, you may want to locate a temporary staycation for them for the moving day.
The Seemingly Never-Ending Packing
Packing up your entire home seems as it would never end, but unpacking is somehow mostly done within a week. It seems odd, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because you don’t have to think about it what to unpack. You intuitively would unpack the most necessary items first. And you want to be done with it asap.
Packing is the perfect opportunity to declutter your home. Therefore, you can approach your packing like a spring clean. The only difference is, you don’t put items back into shelves or drawers that you’d want to keep. And you start with less necessary items first.
Start packing room by room and only pack all the items that you don’t need within the next few weeks until moving. It might be easier to start in storage areas, such as the garage, attic, or basement. Most of what you keep is packed in those areas anyway. But you should have a look at those items if you still need them. The less you have to transport into your new home, the better. Thus, check those boxes for anything that you haven’t used in at least a year. Put that aside to a junk removal pile.
Slow and Steady Wins The Race
As you go through every other room, do just the same. Take one area of each room after another. In your bedroom, check your closet for clothes. Pull out everything that you haven’t worn in ages and which you wouldn’t immediately buy again. Only leave the seasonal clothes until moving day. Put pulled-out clothes into a bag for easy junk removal, pack the remains. Leave clothes in drawers as you can draw them out and wrap them up for moving.
Do a bit of packing every day and listen to some good vibes tunes. Refrain from packing stuff too early that you’ll still need, such as office supplies. You can pack important documents, but make sure not to put their box too far away so that you can reach it at all times. Leave the kitchen until about two weeks prior to moving and don’t pack electronic devices until two days before moving. Put a note onto each box what it contains and to which room it’d go.
Which Furniture Stays With You?
As you’re packing, you’ll have the first empty piece of furniture. But will all items stay with you or are you going to leave some? Maybe some of them won’t fit into your new home. Others might have seen the best of days. Since moving furniture makes the move in itself more expensive, you could also drop the majority of them.
Put them online for sale in time or arrange a garage sale for the week prior to your move. You’ll be grateful for the extra cash and will have some junk removal done in time already. A garage sale is best done on the first Saturday of the month since people just got paid and are more likely to spend. If that doesn’t fit into your moving schedule, give thrift shops a go for junk removal.
When to Schedule a Junk Removal
Without a doubt, each move creates garbage and you may not have been able to sell everything in time. To have most out of the way what you don’t need anymore, it’d be sensible to arrange a junk removal for the week before moving. None of the movers would accidentally pick up anything you meant to let go of. But then you’d have to be really sure that you don’t spontaneously leave behind your sofa. Should you decide at the last minute not to take some single items with you, you can probably leave them on the side at the curb with a sign ‘for free’.
A slightly better option would be to schedule junk removal for the day after moving. Who knows if a bookcase suddenly falls apart? Curtain rails or window shades usually don’t fit in the new home. But you can’t exactly throw those into a bin, nor want to let go of them before moving. For that to work properly, you’ll need a designated area for junk removal items and label them accordingly.
After the move is done, you can return to your old property for a last clean. It also provides you with an opportunity to add any other items to the junk removal pile. Should you have moved further away, a professional junk removal team can also clear your clutter without your presence. Hand them a key and they’ll also do the clean-up for you.