Buying a new home is exciting — until it comes time to move all of your belongings. Then comes the stress, frustration and irritation of heavy lifting, long days and packing.
Eliminate some of the stress of a move by following these tips:
Create a system – Whether you number, color-code or categorize your boxes, it’s important to have an organizational system in place before you start packing. This way, you’ll know what’s in each box and be able to find your items quickly in your new home.
Buy a lot of packing supplies – You’ll need more boxes, tape, markers, etc. than you think. Make sure to buy a variety of boxes in different shapes and sizes for different items. It’s better to have too many than not enough when you’re knee-deep in full boxes and heavy furniture! You can always put extra supplies up on Craigslist after the move.
Make a cleaning kit – Cleaning can be a pain during moving, but it’s a necessary step if you want your deposit back or the new home owners to be happy. Instead of packing away important cleaning supplies, keep them in a separate kit inside the home until the last few boxes are ready to be taken out.
Pack unused items early – All those dishes, Christmas decorations and extra blankets taking up space in your basement or storage area can be packed away first since they’re rarely used. Pack everyday items and furniture last.
Keep related things together – Try not to separate the remote from the television or light bulbs from lamps to make finding these small items easier when you’re in your new home.