For both first-time movers and experts in travelling to a new dwelling, there’re always a few recommendations that can be made to make things easier on you. Moving can be a physically strenuous task, not suitable for everyone to do on their own.
To save yourself from the risk of injuries, here are nine tips on how to make moving easier for yourself physically:
1. Book a Moving Service
Hiring movers will come in handy on moving day. Moving’s incredibly difficult doing it on your own. With a moving service, they pack it in their vehicle, transport it, and unpack it for you.
Depending on who you hire, they may also provide cardboard boxes or offer additional services priced appropriately. Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you choose to go down the route of hiring someone. In our view, it makes things a lot easier when all you have to worry about is driving to your new home. The rest is taken care of!
2. Pack Your Essentials
One of the best ways on how to make moving easier is to pack your essectial first because there’s a lot of unexpected things happen when we move. In case, for whatever reason, you experience a delayed move-in time ensure you have your essentials packed and with you.
This can be items like your smartphone, any medicines you’re taking, spare clothes, toothbrush and toothpaste, smartphone charger, and anything else you deem necessary. Some of us this year will move across the country to get to our next home. For short and long journeys both, be ready for anything.
3. Label Everything
Label everything. Label everything. We can’t say it enough. In an emergency, know what box you’re supposed to be reaching for. If you want to assign every box a number and write out the details on your phone, that works too.
Having organization to your move really breaks down everything into more manageable categories in terms of packing and unpacking. For example, if you have a friend or a partner helping you unpack who didn’t help you pack initially, it’s likely easier for them to follow a list than to do guesswork.
4. Set Up Your Utilities ASAP
Things like heat, electricity, gas, and Internet can’t wait. Most households need these things to survive on a day-to-day basis. Be sure to fully cancel out your old utilities and either transfer them or open up a new account at your new place of residence.
Doing this as close as you can to moving day is recommended. No one wants to be waiting on move-in day to get their water turned on, especially when you have work in the morning or more unpacking to do.
5. Don’t Forget to Eat And Drink
On move-in day, it’s going to be stressful. Like it or not, that’s just the way it is. Ensure you aren’t stressed because of lack of food. Even if you don’t have the appetite for it, get some food or enjoy a soda or beverage of your choosing.
Keeping your tummy full will keep you in the right mood to move forward with your day without snapping unnecessarily at loved ones or getting overwhelmed with the logistics. Even the best of us have been caught up in it.
6. Take Breaks
If you’re lucky enough to have hired a moving company and all you have to do is unpack afterward, even in this situation, make sure you’re taking breaks. At the end of every hour, for example, take five or ten minutes to relax.
This is good for your mental and physical health, and although you may see it as slowing things down a bit, it does help. It will keep spirits up and also prevent you from pushing your body to unnecessary stress.
7. Leave It Behind
Some things you own may not serve a purpose in your new home. It could be a shelf or a bed frame. It could be cardboard boxes or something of a similarly low value. Look around. Things you’re not going to be using in your new residence, there’s no reason to pack them. Leave it behind. Maybe the next person moving into your place can use it. Even if they can’t, adopting minimalism in your move is going to make things easier on you.
8. Start Unpacking Essentials First
When you arrive, there’s no reason to start unpacking things that are closet-bound. Go for essentials and start with your bed because we all need a comfortable place to sleep at night.
Assuming you can get your bed set up in time and have some entertainment available, the remainder can wait until later in the day or tomorrow. Take this approach in case something unexpected comes up, if you run out the clock, or if you accidentally injure yourself.
9. Start A Smartphone Note
There’s a lot that’s going to come and go in your mind from the moment you decide to move through to the actual day. A lot of this you won’t remember come moving day.
Open up a smartphone note and get to compiling a list. Add onto it the things you need to get done and anything else related to your day. This will be your hub of information around which you can execute your move.