Whether you are going across town or across the country, moving an entire household can bring on meltdowns, even among the best of us. But by beginning the planning process as soon as you know you will be moving, you can minimise stress and increase the likelihood that everything will go smoothly on moving day and afterward.
Picture how you want your new home to feel. The best thing you can do to prepare for any move is to let go of excess belongings. Get motivated to clear clutter by viewing this as an opportunity to streamline your belongings and let go of stuff you have been wishing you could get rid of. Now is your chance.
When you are considering whether to keep an item, imagine packing it, physically carrying it from your old house to the new one and unpacking it. Is it worth the effort? How would it make you feel to see this item in your new home — if the answer is “weighted down,” let that be your cue to let it go.
Start with the virtual move. If you are not already in the habit of backing up your data, now is the time to invest in an external hard drive or sign up for an online data storage service. Knowing that your computer files and digital photos are backed up can take a huge weight off your shoulders.
If you haven’t used it in years, don’t move it. Many items in our garages, attics and basements sit untouched and forgotten about for years on end — which raises the question, why are we holding onto this stuff?
If you can’t even remember the last time you wanted to use something, get rid of it. Once you’ve pared things down, items in the storage areas of your home can be packed and labeled for the move.
Use an easy labeling system. Try color-coding box labels depending on which room the box will go in, and then number each box. Keep a separate record with a list of the contents of each numbered box. Then when you are unpacking, you can simply check your master list to see which box you need. I’ve used the numbering system for several moves now, and it works like a charm.
Organise your cords now for easier setup later. Label each cord with the name of the device it goes to and you won’t have to worry about searching for the one cord you need. For devices that have multiple cords, use colored dot stickers to label each cord and the hole it plugs into on the back of the device. Then when you go to reconnect it after the move, you can save yourself the frustration of figuring out what goes where.