Simplify Your Move: 3 Steps for a Stress-Free Moving Day

Most people are aware that moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. The easiest option is to hire a full service local mover in Milwaukee that will pack, move, and unpack your belongings for you. If this is out of your budget, then moving is sure to be miserable. Relocating often means that you are starting a new job, getting to know a new neighborhood, and leaving friends behind. While these things obviously take time to adjust to, there are some simple steps you can take to make moving day less stressful.

Dispose of Everything You Can

My first tip is to get rid of anything you don’t need. While this can be a difficult distinction to make, there are questions you can ask your self to determine what you really need.

  • How long has it been since this has moved?
    • Anything you haven’t used in over a year should be easy to toss.
  • Will this fit in my new house?
    • Any excess furniture or appliances that either won’t fit in your new home or you wish to upgrade should be disposed of.
  • Does it take up more space then necessary?
    • Things such as books, DVD cases and CD cases take up a great deal of space that they don’t need to. CDs and DVDs can be organized using a disc organizer and all of your favorite books are available online.

When disposing of these items I recommend taking a three-pronged approach. First, list all of your items online on a site such as Craigslist. Second, schedule and execute a moving sale in your driveway to make money on the items that didn’t sell online. Lastly, hire an environmentally responsible Rubbish Removal Company to come and pick up the rest!

Hire a Babysitter

One of the few things that can make moving day even more stressful (if possible) is worrying about your children and pets. With heavy objects being carried out of the house consistently throughout the day there is many opportunities for these loved ones to get hurt. Beyond worrying about their safety, it’s important you take your own safety into account as well. If you are carrying a heavy box and your cat darts in front of you the possibility exists you can hurt your self by avoiding the animal. I know that moving is an expensive endeavor to begin with, but getting a pet sitter or baby sitter to watch anyone incapable of helping is well worth the amount of stress relief that ensues.

Start Early

The earlier that you begin prepare for moving day, the easier it will be. This is obviously easier said then done, however, I do have a timeline you can follow. About 3 months prior to moving is when you should start packing. Start by packing clothing and other season specific items you won’t need until after you are moved in. 60 days ahead of your moving day is when you should begin taking the steps outlined in my first recommendation. The less stuff you have to pack, the easier it will be. As you approach the mark of one month until moving day, continue packing and start cleaning the house. Cleaning now will save you time and money later. Hire a painter to repaint your homes interior to make it look newer and fresher. Once you are about 2 weeks out from your moving day, you should pack up everything you can. Pack a suitcase with everything you need to survive the final 2 weeks, as well as the first week in your new house. By packing everything you can live without in advance you will have plenty of time to finish cleaning your home.

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