If you’re going to be moving to a new house in the near future, you’ve likely got a million things going through your mind that you have to take care of in order to make everything good off without a hitch.
For most people, the biggest thing to take care of during a move is packing up their house. With everything you have, the thought of packing everything up can be very intimidating. But luckily, with the right preparation, you can make the whole packing process much easier to deal with.
To show you how this can be done, here are three ways to prep for packing up your house.
Create A Workable Timeline To Follow
To keep yourself organized during a move, it’s smart to create checklists that you work off of. However, checklists are often much more useful if you have a timeline attached to them. This is especially the case when it comes to packing up your home.
Depending on how long you have until you move, your checklist and timeline will vary. But if at all possible, Diane Schmidt, a contributor to The Spruce, suggests that you start using your timeline about 8 weeks out from your move. This way, you’ll have the time to think through all your options and needs as well as work through any hiccups that might pop up along the way. Just make sure you include any hard deadlines that you have to meet, like picking up your moving truck or securing the moving supplies that you’ll need.
Before you can know how to best start packing up your house, you’ll first need to get a good understanding of exactly what you have to pack and move with you.
To make your move as easy as possible, you’ll want to move the least amount of stuff. This means that you’ll want to go through everything you own and decide if you want to take it with you or if you can come to terms with letting it go. In some cases, you might have things that you’ve been meaning to get rid of but just have never found the motivation to do it. Well, if there’s any time to be motivated to declutter, an impending move is it.
Gather The Right Moving Supplies
After you’ve pared down your belongings, you should then start planning out what you’ll need to actually move all that stuff. Usually you’ll need items like boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, totes, plastic sheeting, and moving blankets. Additionally, if you have any special items, like a piano or other large belongings, you’ll need to figure out a safe way to move those.
When seeking out moving boxes, BBC Homes suggests getting as many free boxes from grocery or retail stores as you can, since these types of boxes are usually better enforced than other cardboard boxes.
If you’re already stressed about your upcoming move, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you make the packing process easier by planning it out beforehand.