The average American moves more than 11 times during his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
When you factor in the finding that moving is one of the top five most stressful life events, that’s a lot of stress.
But moving doesn’t have to be a nightmare. If you make a plan and hire the right help, your next move can be more easygoing than you think.
Here are nine essential tips for a smooth, stress-free moving experience.
1. Make a Master Plan
You have a lot to do, and it’s going to be tough to keep track. Set up a plan for your entire moving process. Note the details, including timelines, milestones and relevant contact information.
Check the list as you go. You’ll feel encouraged when you see that you’re making real progress.
2. Hire a Mover
Line up your mover as soon as possible, especially if you’re planning to move during a popular time like a weekend or holiday.
Do a little bit of advance work before you start making calls. Many movers offer online estimating tools that tell you what kinds of questions they will ask. Before they schedule you, movers need to know how big your home is, what kind of furniture you have and how tight your timeline is.
3. Take Care of the Official Things
Once you have a moving date, you can contact your utilities to ensure you have any stops, starts or transfers set up for both homes.
Be sure to change your address with the United States Postal Service. Make a detailed list of separate address changes you need to make. These may include vehicle registrations, credit cards, bank accounts, print magazine subscriptions, and club memberships. And don’t forget to share your new address with friends and family.
4. Clear Your Clutter
We can’t emphasize this enough. You may or may not be into the minimalist movement, but it doesn’t make sense to waste energy packing, moving and unpacking anything that doesn’t belong in your new home.
Save yourself the effort and clear your clutter. Go through your stuff and get rid of anything you don’t need.
Recycle or donate anything you can. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill are willing to pick up donations in some locations. Some non-profits also place bins in public parking lots so people can donate items on their own time.
5. Rent a Dumpster for Stress-Free Moving
Even if you’re very thorough about finding options for donating and recycling items you no longer need, you’re still going to have an excess of trash.
Trying to get rid of this junk through your regular trash pickup will be a hassle, if not impossible. The easiest way is to rent a roll-off dumpster — a dumpster that a truck delivers to your street or driveway. You’ll have plenty of room for your trash right outside your door.
Out of all the moving expenses you face, your dumpster rental should not be a drain on your account. Get the best rates for your needs by finding a low-cost dumpster rental.
6. Plan out Your Packing
If you pack with precision, your stuff will stay intact and unpacking will be a lot easier. Start by packing the items you won’t need to use before your move.
As you pack, mark each box in large lettering for the movers. They will want to know where each box goes, which side of the box is the top and any special information (such as whether it’s fragile or heavy). Consider using colored tape to differentiate room destinations.
For yourself, attach a label detailing everything that’s in each box. That way you know the order for unpacking and can find things in a hurry.
Use linens and towels as packing material. Wrap them around delicate items to keep them safe. You’ll save on bubble wrap.
Your mover can offer more packing tips that will help make your move more efficient.
7. Set Aside the Move-It-Yourself Stuff
There are some things that you are going to want to move in your own vehicle.
Keep any move-related paperwork with you. You may also choose to keep valuables like jewelry with you for safekeeping. Delicate items that are difficult to pack — yet easy for you to move — might be better off in your car.
Consider keeping a bin of important, same-day items, such as:
- Snacks, water, cell phone chargers, purses, wallets, and keys
- One change of clothes per person
- Medications, toothpaste and other personal care items for everyone in the family
- Any special items a family member needs, such as a medical device, favorite toy or soothing music
- Any pet necessities, such as food, water, bowls, leashes, carriers or a litter box
8. Tend to Cleaning
Do not pack your cleaning supplies — including your vacuum — into oblivion. Keep them available and ready for both the home you’re leaving and your new home.
Ideally, you can clean your new place before your stuff arrives. Try to clean the old place on your way out so you don’t have to come back.
9. Prioritize Your Personal Life and Stay Healthy
If your move is taking you to a new town, you may be facing the extra stresses of changing jobs or leaving friends or relatives behind. If this is the case, be sure to schedule time to finish strong at your old job and spend time with your favorite people.
Whether your move is across the country or down the street, take time to take care of your mental and physical health. Practicing stress management by meditating, exercising and getting plenty of sleep can go a long way to make your move more comfortable.
Make Moving Much Easier
Moving is a hassle, but it doesn’t have to put your well-being to a halt. If you take the time to make a plan and get rid of clutter, you’ll find the entire process isn’t so stressful after all.
If you’re ready for stress-free moving from Orlando and Kissimmee, contact us for an affordable dumpster rental today!