Remember moving into your first home as a family? That day is often filled with a mix of excitement, anxiety and lots of other emotions brought on by those who eagerly, or not so eagerly, offer a helping hand!
How do you stop moving day madness? The first and most important step is to give yourself time. Give yourself time to sort, toss, and pack the way you want, in fact. Moving Expert Diane Schmidt recommends at least six weeks before your move. Truly, it’s never too early to start “rightsizing” your home by getting rid of clutter and things you no longer need or use.
"Careful planning and packing will save you time, money and a lot of hair pulling,” Schmidt says.
8 More Tips to Stop Moving Day Madness
- Have a plan where your items will be going in your new home. Get floor plans and take measurements of your items so you can predetermine what to take and where it will go.
- If you have artwork, photos or a certain furniture arrangement you want to replicate in your new home, take a photo of the room or display before you move. Use the photo as others help you unpack and hang photos, art and decor on the walls.
- Don’t move anything you plan to get rid of. Before moving day, take time to consider what you really want to keep, what you want to give to family and friends and what you want to donate.
- Set goals for packing and make sure they are attainable! Pack one room at a time and have a goal for when you will stop so you gain a sense of progress. Set a new goal for the next day. Don’t try to pack on moving day.
- As you pack, create a pile for essentials. Keep items that are essential to your daily living, such as toiletries and medication, together and labeled as essentials. These items will likely be the last things you pack, but will also be the first things you’ll want to find in your new home.
- Ask about local senior moving resources. Life Enriching Communities can provide references for its new residents or a local chamber office may have a listing.
- Hire help. Whether it’s a moving company, interior designer or real estate agent, don’t be afraid to hire the help you need. Moving into a new home should be an exciting time, not filled with stress and burden.
- Learn the essential features of your new home before moving day. Know how to operate the thermostat, kitchen appliances, door locks, etc., to help prevent feeling overwhelmed on your first night in your new home.
For more tips, check out Staying Upbeat While Downsizing.