Tip #1: Don’t pay for boxes unless you have to. Moving boxes are surprisingly expensive if you go through moving companies or stores to buy them. However, with a little bit of planning ahead, you can likely get most or all of your moving boxes for free. Ask local friends if they have any extra storage boxes in their basement or attic, look on Craigslist or other free sites for boxes, then go to your local supermarket stores and ask for empty boxes or packing materials that they will be recycling.
Tip #2: Pack and label ahead of time. Packing and labeling is one of the most time-consuming processes, so don’t wait until the last minute to start. This will cause unnecessary stress on moving day. If your boxes aren’t labeled well, you’ll find it frustrating and confusing once you get into your new space and it may take longer to find out where things are. So, start by packing things that you don’t need right away and get those stored and labeled well. When it gets closer to moving day, plan ahead on which items you will need right when you get into the new home and pack a bag or couple of boxes that include the essentials.
Tip #3: Hire a babysitter if you need one. If you have kids that aren’t old enough to help out on moving day, it can be an added stress trying to manage their requests and needs. It can help alleviate some of your moving anxiety by hiring a babysitter for a few hours to come and take care of your kids and keep them entertained while you move the bulk of your household items into the new area.
Tip #4: Turn on utilities ahead of time. If possible, contact your local utility company ahead of time and have them turn on the water, heat, and lights on moving day, or the day before that. This will make things a lot more comfortable as you transition into your new home and you’ll probably thank yourself later for taking this proactive step. And last but not least, remember that moving is just temporary and it’s ok to take a deep breath and relax. When you’re done, you’ll be able to think back to all that you have put into the moving process and enjoy your new home!