Are you getting ready to move to a new city or perhaps even across the country? Have you already started making plans so that the move goes as smoothly as possible? Whether moving just down the street or to a completely different state, moving can be a difficult and stressful time for many people. Fortunately, by planning ahead, you can make the situation much easier for yourself and any family who happens to be moving with you. In order to prepare for your move, some of the most important things you should do right now include the following.
1. Hire a moving company: The sooner that you can set up a moving day with a moving company, the better. Some long-distance movers can get booked up anywhere from just a couple weeks to nearly a month in advance. If you wait until the week or two before your move to try to set up an appointment, you're risking being unable to get an appointment at all. If there is still a time slot that is open, you might have to accept a moving time that is later in the day or is otherwise not optimal for you. Always make sure to set up your move as soon as you know when you're going to be moving.
2. Get a storage unit: Some long-distance movers will offer free storage for up to a month after your belongings get to your destination city, some will allow you to pay for storage if you need it, while others won't have storage available at all. If your movers don't offer storage, it's important to get a storage unit reserved even if you don't think that you'll need one.
For instance, you may arrive at your new house or apartment to find out that a pipe burst while the home was empty, resulting in damage that must be repaired before you are able to occupy the home. Not having storage set up ahead of time, you would then have to scramble to find an available unit and might have to settle for one that is in an inconvenient location.
3. Pack important items separately: Most people pack items from the same room in the same box to make unpacking easier. For instance, all towels go in one box and all pots and pans go into another box. However, it's also a good idea to have a separate important box or plastic tote that is filled with items that you'll need within the first 48 to 72 hours of arrival at your new home.
For instance, a 2-quart saucepan for making simple meals, a roll of toilet paper, a bath towel, and dish/bath soap will help you avoid unnecessarily running to the store while trying to unpack. If you're driving to your new city, make sure that this container is packed in your vehicle before the long-distance movers arrive. Otherwise, make sure that this box or tote is a distinctive color or is otherwise marked in a way so that you can easily distinguish it in a sea of other boxes/totes.
I have always wanted to create a more beautiful home for my kids, which is one of the reasons I began focusing so seriously on decluttering my space. I wanted to make my home clean and organized, so I began focusing day and night on making it happen. It took a few months, but eventually I was able to completely move a lot of my extra things into a storage unit. It was incredible to see how much of a difference it made, and within no time my home really felt like a sanctuary for my family. Check out this blog for more information on moving on from clutter and making your home gorgeous with the help of a storage unit.