There’s no question about it—moving is up there with some of the most stressful things a person can go through in life since there are so many logistics, planning, and organization involved.
Unfortunately, many people moving for the first time find themselves making some of the most common mistakes. The good news is that even if this is your first time moving, you can learn from others’ mistakes made before you. To help you through your move, here are some of the biggest moving blunders to avoid.
One of the biggest mistakes is putting off the work for too long. It’s easy to assume you have all the time in the world, but your moving day we’ll sneak up on you much faster than you think! Take the time to carefully plan out each step of the move. Create a checklist with everything you need to do— from finding enough boxes, to packing the boxes, to hiring a moving company, a comprehensive checklist will help you ensure you have enough time to organize and execute the move without hiccups along the way. Most importantly, check off each item as you go. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction knowing that you’re making progress.
When everything is laid out in your home, it’s easy to underestimate the amount of belongings you have. Once you start putting everything into boxes, you start to realize just how many things you have. Be honest with yourself about what it is that you need and don’t need.
Make a rule for yourself that anything you haven’t used in over two years should be donated or sold. After all, you’re starting over fresh in a new home. Why bring a bunch of junk to your new location that you don’t even need? Moving is the perfect opportunity to purge and even make a little money from selling your belongings.
Not Labeling Properly
In an effort to get everything packed as quickly as possible, some people start throwing things into boxes haphazardly. While it may seem as simple as unloading everything as soon as you arrive, rarely does unpacking happen overnight. Packing and unpacking is a long process.
You’re going to need access to things in boxes during the packing process and also once you arrive at your new home. So, you want to make sure that you label everything carefully. In addition to labeling what room the items go into, put a brief description of which items are inside. The more specific you can be, the easier it will be to find what you need. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new home and not being able to find an important item in a huge pile of “stuff”.