10. Move from denial to acceptance. Before you strap on your serious boots and start hauling your boxes away, one of the best things to do is “sit back, relax and accept the fact that, in the move, stuff will get broken, lost, or packed in a box that you never open.” Once you realize there will be potholes along the road, it’s a lot easier to handle hiccups as they arise.
9. Donate unwanted items. You have to go through all of your belongings during the packing process, so take advantage of a forced spring cleaning any time of year. Call a local charity and get rid of all of your unwanted items. Or if you have the time, make some extra loot through a garage sale or Craigslist.
8. Make a list. Tracking all of your belongings—especially if you’re using a moving service—is a task unto itself. We suggest numbering boxes and tracking what’s in them and where they go. Keep an excel spreadsheet to know what gets on the truck and gets off. It may take a bit longer on the front end, but will save you a lot of headaches come unpacking.
7. Make a map. In the same vein, create a detailed furniture map made of masking tape at your new home. Always go to the new house a few days before and map out furniture placement for the movers. It saves time shoving things around later or being constantly interrupted with, ‘Where do you want this?’”
6. Wrap dishes in your towels. Save time, money and space and use sheets, towels and blankets to wrap your breakables. It protects the dishes better [than newspaper], you pack twice the items at once, and you only need to wash a load of towels instead of every dish you own.
5. Prepare your survival kit. Remember to pack a box of necessities for your first night at the new house—things like toilet paper, sheets, pet food, toiletries, etc. Moving is hectic enough without digging through 17 boxes in the dark to find your contact solution and a toothbrush.
4. Think about the kids. If you’re moving a family, kids can be overlooked in the chaos. Get everyone involved. This is an adventure. Treat it like one and fit in some fun.
3. Ask some friends for help. Leverage other people. Reach out to your network for boxes, trucks, manpower, babysitting, etc. You’ll be surprised how many people are excited to help!
2. Offer incentives. Taking leverage a step further, try putting some compensation on the table—in the form of food and drink—is sure to draw a crowd. Set up a few “packing” or “paint” parties, and leverage your friends for function and fun!
1. Hire movers. Last but not least, the number one trick to moving seamlessly is to hire someone to do it for you. With the help of a hired team, it can take as little as three hours to move a 3,000 square foot house. That’s what we call getting the job done!