So you’re ready to move into a beautiful new home. You can make the move easier, more fun and more efficient if you keep the following three tips in mind before you even start packing. With these helpful suggestions, you’ll enjoy the moving experience, and maybe even improve your life in the process.
Pack and label boxes for your new home’s layout
It’s important to do your packing with the layout of your new home in mind, so take some time to note the similarities and differences between your old home and your new one. If the new home is smaller, you may have to cut down on your possessions or rent a storage unit. As you pack your belongings, imagine where you would like them to end up in your new home. Label the boxes with the specific destination you have in mind. Keep your things organized according to where they’ll be most useful in your new home.
Use detailed labels on your boxes
This is especially important when packing many smaller items into a single large box. Label every box with a list of the important items you’ve packed inside it. Remember to keep track of identification forms, checks and banking information, toiletries you use every day, extra clothing and towels. You may not wish to unpack everything the moment you move into your new home, so pack the items you’ll need right away in boxes separate from the rest of your belongings and clearly mark them as “urgent.”
Get rid of useless and depressing belongings
Making the move to your new home offers you a couple unique opportunities to improve your life. First, you can simplify your life by getting rid of things you no longer use. A good rule of thumb to use in most circumstances is to get rid of anything you haven’t used in more than a year. Be honest with yourself and keep only what you really want and need; this will cut down on clutter and make your new home feel more enjoyable and clean.
As you sort through and pack your belongings, notice how they make you feel. If you feel depressed by that old photo of your ex-husband or ex-wife, throw it out. If that old pair of shoes makes you feel down, get rid of them. Paying attention to how you feel about your possessions will afford you an opportunity to remove negative emotional triggers from the new environment you’re moving into.