If you are getting ready to move, it can be hard to get organized and stay on task. Sometimes procrastination and packing mistakes will just make your life harder. Here are four life hacks that can make moving simple and help the process go smoothly.
1. Purge Before You Pack
If you have a lot of unnecessary household items or are moving in with someone, don't waste time hauling things that you don't need to your next location. Before you begin packing, spend some time going through your home taking inventory and purge what you can. Easy places to start are the closet, the kitchen, and any storage boxes you haven't looked through. Moving things you don't need because you didn't take the time to review and get rid of items will ultimately waste time, energy, and money.
2. Have Movers Take it All
If you want to take your time moving things, don't schedule movers to come until you are ready. The more items that you leave behind to move on your own, the more trips you will have to make later on without the help of professional movers. Movers can bring large bags and boxes for awkward items and can help gather these up as long as you have things secured, packed, and ready to go.
3. Pack Your Day-Of Stuff Separately
It is easy to feel a little out of sorts until you are settled into your new space after moving. It is a good idea to pack up your must-have items separately and keep these with you, such as pajamas, medications, and shower things. This way, if things get misplaced during your move or you don't get around to unpacking right away, you won't be missing items that you use daily.
4. Take Photos of Items You Will Disassemble
These days setting up your home office or entertainment center can be a challenge, so don't force yourself to recreate the wheel when you move. Take a picture of the back of your TV or computer so you can see where wires and inputs are hooked up in order to help with reassembling later on. This can also be done for furnishings you will have to break down as well.
Packing and moving smartly can take out some of the guesswork with the process and hopefully can save you headaches down the line. Staying organized and taking the time to get your things ready to go before the movers show up is key. Look at your upcoming move as a job you need to tackle -- you might as well do this the best way possible.