Being better prepared is the best way to make your move as stress-free as possible.
A move means uprooting your things, and therefore temporarily losing your points of reference.
Whether or not you’re hiring movers, the following points can help.
Create Safe Zones for things that really matter during your move to keep more control.
- Moving File (binder if you prefer paper, on computer if you prefer digital). Put ALL your moving-related information in it, and create a safe place to keep your Moving File.
- Tool Kit with multi-head screwdriver, measuring tape, hammer, freezer bags with a marker to safely capture and identify removed hardware and parts.
- Packing Kit for tape, tape gun, markers, labels (I use rolls of green Painters’ Tape from hardware store), and coloured stickers if you want to colour-code the boxes for the rooms they will go into.
* If it is a smaller move, you may prefer to combine the kits together*
If you are concerned about how your stuff will fit, measuring can help.
- Create a floorplan (on paper to scale, or online with http://www.floorplanner.com/ ). It can take time to figure out the possible layout choices, and you can start well before moving day.
- What will actually fit? Knowing ahead of time if you need to let go of some stuff gives you more time to make arrangements.
Recognize that a move is work!
- Take care of yourself.
- Ask for help, and accept offers.
- Avoid other commitments during this time.
- Be aware that this is a transition period for everyone involved. Remember that it is temporary.
- With a little research, you will find many great resources available on the internet. Many moving companies offer great lists, and even packing videos on YouTube.
For more of my own moving tips, check out this TV appearance (with English subtitles) http://bit.ly/1TLcxGa
More self-care tips when moving here: http://www.wikihow.com/Cope-With-the-Stress-of-Moving