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Top 5 Tips for a Less Stressful Move

August 8th, 2012 | by The Update
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photos / Shutterstock + Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Moving is a stressful prospect even for minimalist singletons, much less the busy family of four. Check out these 5 sanity-saving ways to get prepared for moving day from Houzz.
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1: Clear the outside zones. There is something really exhausting about having to tackle all of that outdoor stuff at the end of the packing process, yet for some reason this is often the last area to be packed up. Make things a bit easier by giving the outdoor areas of your home a walk-through now, pulling aside anything that’s junky, broken or will not be needed at the new place.

2: Stay organized with a moving binder. Info from your moving or truck rental company, to-do lists, your master packing list and a zip-top bag with memory sticks or other computer data backup can all be stashed inside. Closer to your move date, tuck in a folder with current bills, stamps and your checkbook. Make sure you keep this binder with you at all times during the move.

3: Picture how you want your new home to feel. The best thing you can do to prepare for any move is to let go of excess belongings. Get motivated to clear clutter by viewing this as an opportunity to streamline your belongings and let go of stuff you have been wishing you could get rid of. Now is your chance!

When you are considering whether to keep an item, imagine packing it, physically carrying it from your old house to the new one and unpacking it. Is it worth the effort? How would it make you feel to see this item in your new home — if the answer is “weighted down,” let that be your cue to let it go.

4: If you haven’t used it in years, don’t move it. Many items in our garages, attics and basements sit untouched and forgotten about for years on end — which raises the question, why are we holding onto this stuff? If you can’t even remember the last time you wanted to use something, get rid of it. Once you’ve pared things down, items in the storage areas of your home can be packed and labeled for the move.

5: Start a stash of essentials. There is nothing worse than arriving at your new house and having to scramble to find basics like toilet paper, pajamas and coffee for the morning. Pick a spot to begin collecting all of those little items you will want access to right away when you move (a cleaned-out cupboard works nicely) so you can organize your essentials even as you are still using them.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • One stack of dishes or a set of disposables
  • A teakettle and French-press coffee maker
  • Basic tools (screwdrivers, a hammer etc.)
  • Trash bags
  • Box cutters
  • Lightbulbs
  • A few rolls of toilet paper and paper towels
  • A shower curtain
  • Bath towels
  • A set of sheets for each bed
  • Curtains for the bedrooms (if you know the windows will be bare)
  • Favorite snacks
  • A fun movie to watch on your laptop the first night” – From Houzz 10 Ways to Get Organized for A Big Move

Click here to continue reading and see Houzz’s 10 top tips for a less stressful move.

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