5 Tips to Simplify Your Move

5 Tips to Simplify Your Move

Posted 07/06/2015

Photo Courtesy BuzzFeed
Photo Courtesy BuzzFeed
When it comes to moving, there’s a lot of anticipation and excitement to jump right in, start decorating and begin making new memories. One of the not-so-exciting things about moving: the move itself.

Check out this handy list of tips and tricks to make your move as simple, organized and painless as possible so you can breeze right in and start enjoying your new home.

1. Organize and de-clutter: Before you start boxing things up, make sure you want to take them with you. Not only will you physically be moving fewer items, but it will also make unpacking at your new home easier and simpler. Buzzfeed suggests asking yourself a few questions to assess whether you really need certain things:

  • Does it still work/fit?
  • Have I used/worn it in the last 12 months?
  • Would I use/wear it again?
  • If I saw it in a store now, would I buy it?

2. Make a list: It’s always nice to have your ducks in a row, or in this case, your tasks. Having one central list with to-dos will make keeping track of what’s been done and what has to be done, much simpler. Believe us, you’ll be happy you did.

3. Prepare the new home: It’s easy to become so preoccupied with moving the stuff from your old home that you forget to prepare the new one. Make sure any cleaning or cosmetic fixes that need to be done are completed before you start moving anything in. Otherwise, it’ll be hard to move your furniture and boxes around while you try to paint the walls or install a new ceiling fan.

4. Think outside the box, literally: While it’s easy to simply put everything in boxes, some things just don’t need to be boxed up. POPSUGAR has some ingenious moving hacks to simplify your move. For example, leave clothes on hangers and slide them into garbage bags for much easier unpacking, wrap breakables in t-shirts, and use suitcases for the heaviest items. 

5. Color coordinate by room: Whether you use different colored sharpies or stickers, color-code boxes for each room for easy organization. Want to go all out? DesignMom recommends giving each room a number (i.e. Kitchen #100, Master bedroom #200) and each box an additional number, and then making a master list of what is in each box (i.e. #103 – Dishware). Talk about organized!