Ah, moving… There’s a love and hate relationship with it. On one hand, you are probably so excited to get into your new home. On your other hand, you are probably dreading the packing, unpacking, cleaning, and moving of your stuff. And why do you even have so much stuff to begin with, right? Moving brings on the best and the worst of emotions, but your move doesn’t have to be so full of stress like you are probably expecting. Here are 5 moving tips to make the process stress-free (or at least as stress-free as possible):
Get rid of things
I can’t overstate just how much easier your move will be if you organize your belongings and toss, recycle, or donate what you don’t need instead of lugging it with you to your new home. It’s an undertaking, but these tips can help you do it.
First tip: Do a closet purge. If it doesn’t fit, is out of style, and/or you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.
Second: Get rid of items you wouldn’t buy again. When deciding whether an item serves a purpose in your life, ask yourself whether you would go out and spend money on it if you didn’t already have it. If you wouldn’t, you likely don’t need it.
Third: Make donation pick-up arrangements. If you know you’ll be donating big items like furniture and rugs, schedule a pick-up ahead of time so you can be sure you have an organization that can come get them.
Fourth: Consider short term storage. If there are some items that you just can’t commit to getting rid of yet but you’re not sure you need, you may want to put them in a short-term storage unit and then evaluate later on.
Have a plan for kids and pets
If your kids are too young to help on moving day, your best bet is to have them hang out with friends or family to relieve a bit of your stress and keep them safe. The same goes for pets. If you can, arrange alternate plans for your little ones and your furry ones, you’ll all be happier. Think about it. If you are moving heavy furniture, what are the kids or animals going to be doing? More than likely, they will just get in the way and slow you down. Figure out care for them beforehand, so you don’t have to juggle with 12 balls on the day of.
Pack up BEFORE moving day
Last minute packing can slow down your entire day. Make it a goal to be completely packed before your movers arrive or it’s time to pick up the rental truck. That way, you can focus right away on accomplishing the task at hand.
Pack up a cooler
Pack a cooler with easy-to-grab items that can keep your strength up throughout the day, like water bottles and quick snacks. Move it with you in the car instead of the moving truck so you can access it whenever you need to. Having a cooler means that you don’t have to spend extra money on the day of your move AND you don’t need to worry about taking time out of your day to find a restaurant.
Don’t do it
My best tip of all? Don’t move yourself. If you really want a stress-free move, just don’t do it! You might be thinking, “umm...I have to move.” Of course! All I mean by this is that you don’t have to physically move yourself alone. There are professional packers and movers that can do it for you. In Tampa, MT. Zion Moving & Storage LLC is one of those professionals. If you need help with hot tub moving in Tampa, call them. They have all inclusive hourly rates, without hidden fees. Your price will be based on actual labor time + travel time between your locations. They also offer no obligation quotes and a hands-on team that will walk you through each step of the way. Something that stands out to me about MT. Zion Moving & Storage LLC is the fact that a devoted relocation manager will be responsible for the smooth operation of your entire relocation process. This way, you know exactly the status of your move, and the full schedule. MT. Zion Moving & Storage LLC offers competitive rates, an unsurpassed 5-star service, and highly trained movers. If you use them for your move, you will save yourself time, stress, and you will know that you are in good hands.