The quest to find an apartment frequently involves tremendous research and hours of contemplation, not to mention the need to make very important decisions. Without taking into account all of the preparation necessary to prepare and pack up belongings, moving day comes with its own unique and sometimes frustrating challenges. However, by thinking strategically well before moving day, you can avoid much of the aggravation associated with relocation.
Sometimes, what looks like a simple move of a few boxes and a few furniture items, can turn into a real hassle. Busy lives and packed schedules can turn moving day into one big hurry to catch up. Yet, whether you are upsizing or downsizing, a few preparation tips can make the job of moving to a new apartment much easier.
If there is a plus side to the moving process, sometimes there are opportunities to sort through belongings and to discard or sell things you no longer need. For the household items you will be moving, it’s best to start sorting well before moving day and pack items that are not necessary for immediate living needs. This can also free up space, allowing you to clean areas that were not accessible prior to packing. It is also a good idea to minimize grocery shopping and consume your stock food and perishable items right up until moving day.
When it comes to packing, matching like items and labeling their boxes is always a good idea and will help make unpacking that much easier. Yet, allocating and distributing items in boxes by weight can help keep you from struggling to move heavy boxes in and out. Your moving helpers will thank you for it.
Of course, there are all kinds of extraneous items that need to be taken care of prior to — and even during — moving day such as arranging the disconnect of utilities, gathering and organizing vital records and changing your address. A moving checklist can assist you with staying organized and meeting goals even if you have the busiest of schedules.
When you plan your move into a series of mini-steps and small accomplishments, moving day will move much more smoothly.