Studies have shown that moving ranks as high up in feeling stressed as a divorce or a death. Unfortunately, having these emotions during the loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship is to be expected; however, there are ways to prevent overwhelming stress when relocating. Check out our packing strategies to ensure a smooth move.
Strategy # 1 ~ Accessories Are a Must
There is nothing more frustrating than getting involved in a project and not having the accessories you need to continue on with it. When it comes to packing, be sure to have plenty of boxes, packing tape, markers, bubble wrap and other packing materials, as well as scissors and a sharp blade for opening boxes. Keep these handy so you can pack up without having to stop and find the stuff you need.
Strategy # 2 ~ Organize
When you stand back and look around your home, it may be difficult and even a little overwhelming to think about where to start – especially if you have been in the same home for a long time. We suggest you start in the room you use the least. During this process try to keep similar items together and be sure to mark each box after you tape it up. If you come across items that you will need, leave them out and carry on to the next room.
Another great tip is to create a master list of all your boxes. This can be done on a clipboard and will help when it comes time to unpack. It also prevents boxes from being lost in the confusion of moving day – mark each box down as it is leaving the old location and also as it arrives at your new home.
Whether you have hired a moving company or are doing it yourself, be aware of the weight of each packed box. For the well-being of all involved, boxes should not exceed 50 pounds. Also be sure to pack heavier items on the bottom and top off with lighter ones – lifting an unsuspecting, top-heavy box can lead to falls and torn muscles. In addition, if you place heavier items in small boxes, it reduces the chances of accidentally overloading it.
Strategy # 4 ~ Pack Smart
To save yourself some money on packing supplies, use towels, and other linens to pack up breakable items. These work as great cushioners and will save you time and effort packing them separately. Also be sure to put a layer of packing material on the bottom of each fragile box to act as a buffer for breakables. And of course, mark as “FRAGILE” to give everyone a heads-up.
Strategy # 5 ~ Be Aware
Moving isn’t just stressful on adults, but it can be very scary for both kids and pets. Be sure to give kids the proper attention to help ease their minds and any fears they may have about the relocation. Pack up their room last, so the transition will be quicker and also be sure to let them take their favorite toy along with them in the car.
If you are moving pets, a pre-veterinarian check-up is recommended. Be sure your pet is in good physical health and it is current on all its vaccinations. This not only ensures your pet’s health and safety, but some cities require all pets to be inspected and be current on their shots.
Lastly, never leave pets or children in hot or cold vehicles for a long period of time. If the move is taking you across a great distance be sure to have provisions in place to keep everyone comfortable
With some time and well-planned strategies in place, your move can be smooth sailing for everyone involved.