Moving is one of life’s most stressful events. So here’s a quick guide to make it as painless as possible.
Decide what not to pack
Now’s a good time to declutter your life by deciding which items you don’t want to take with you. Decide what you want to give away, throw away, or sell.
Get packing materials
If you’re not using a professional mover, you’ll need to get some packing materials. Bookstores often have strong boxes they don’t want anymore — call on the day of a delivery to ask for them.
Draw a floor plan — and use labels
Create a plan of your new home that you can use as a guide throughout the moving process. Label each of your boxes according to this plan. And clearly list what’s in each of the boxes.
What to pack first
Pack things you don’t need often first. Books, out-of-season clothes, and memorabilia make good candidates to go into boxes right away.
Pack “essentials” boxes
Mark some boxes as “essentials” and put in them the things you need on your first night in your new home. Then you won’t waste time (and valuable energy) trying to find important things.
Food, particularly from the freezer, isn’t easily stored, so try to use it up. Put plants in big plastic bags to avoid dirt spilling.