Packing & Storage Tips for an Easier Move

Hiring professional movers to help you relocate your possessions can make your life easier and your move smoother. The same can be said about using a few good packing and storage strategies to help you pack up before the movers arrive.

Gathering Your Supplies

In addition to lots of moving boxes, you’ll need bubble wrap to protect your breakable items. To help keep your boxes closed during the moving process or while in long term storage, purchase the strongest packing tape available. Don’t forget to pick up markers and colored stickers to label your packages.

Labeling Your Boxes

Instead of simply marking your packing and storage boxes with a generic label such as kitchen or kid’s bedroom, you should include a brief description of what is inside. This strategy helps you find the items you want without having to go through a dozen packing and storage boxes to find them.

Pack Similar Items Together

Whenever possible, you should pack items that are used together in the same box. This strategy makes unpacking easier. For example, pack extension cords or surge protectors with your small appliances and electronics.

Identifying Your Boxes

While you can label each box with the name of the room that it is going to, using colored stickers as well provides fast and easy recognition that makes this process simpler for your movers. After all, you might know where your daughter’s bedroom is, but how will the movers know this? Just place one of the stickers on each door, and everyone who is helping will know exactly where to put the packing boxes.

Important Documents

It’s essential that you keep your important papers with you to avoid having them get misplaced during the move. A simple tote bag or business folder can be used to store these items and keep them safe for you.

Long Term Storage Tips

Perhaps the most important thing to remember when you are placing your possessions in long term storage is that these items should be clean and dry. This will help to keep them in the best condition while also avoiding the growth of mildew or mold. Make sure that you drain hoses and disconnect them from large appliances.

Moving and Long Term Storage Tips

Whether you are packing items for long term storage or for transportation into your new living quarters, each of the following tips can help to prevent accidents from happening.

  • Wrap breakable items individually with tissue paper or bubble wrap and fill in empty areas in the box to keep the items cushioned.
  • Pack spillables separately.
  • Secure electrical cords to prevent dangling.
  • Unplug electrical items 24 hours in advance when possible to allow them to cool down.
  • Use tape or ties to secure hardware, placing small items in plastic bags before securing them.
  • Place heaviest items in the bottom of your moving boxes.
  • Leave moving boxes containing high-value items open so that the movers can inspect them prior to placing them on the van.
  • Pack firmly to avoid shifting and unnecessary damage.
  • Use sturdy, corrugated moving boxes for china, glassware, and other breakable items. Label the boxes with the words “Fragile. This side up.”

4 Ways To Turn Moving Into A Positive Experience

Moving day and it seems like your world is being turned upside down. That’s how many people feel when the time comes to relocate. Of course, few are prepared for the major change of a new living space, community, and job. Employment opportunities remain a driving force behind relocation. But the experience does not need to be filled with dread and uncertainty.

In fact, there are online outfits available that offer full-service moving resources. Quick Moving Quotes, for example, offers everyday people the tools to plan a seamless and stress-free move. Creating a customized, cost-effective plan can be done on any desktop, laptop or electronic device. Consider these four ways to turn a hectic move into a joyous experience.

1: Professional Planning Matters

There are two basic ways that you can effectively plan for moving day. The first entails you taking inventory of everything you own. Then, create some type of spreadsheet or list and calculate the number of boxes, wrapping paper, weight, fragile packaging, bulky items and labor among others. Yes, planning is a ton of work.

The other option is to rely on the experience and expertise of a professional moving outfit. Think about what it will really cost in terms of your time and resources to pack, load, move and unload. Compare that to a no-obligation quote from Quick Moving Quotes and make a decision. Remember to figure in the cost of your sanity as well.

2: Stress Reduction Matters

By connecting with professional moving services, your task will simply be to answer a few pragmatic questions come moving day. Telling someone which box goes in which room beats doing it yourself. But letting go of the situation can also create some anxiety. After all, some of the items have great sentimental value.

Consider having a friend swing by and chat over a cup of tea in the morn. Put on pleasant music or just go to the fitness center and workout. Do the things that help you to relax. Remember, the pros have your back.

3: Unclutter Your Life

Moving can be an excellent opportunity to finally reduce clutter. Leading up to moving day, consider having a tag sale and purge unneeded items. Donate things to a charity. You may even get a tax deduction come April. The point is that you have an opportunity to start fresh at the other end. Don’t take a worn-out mattress or couch with you.

4: Embrace Your New Community

One of the major stressors of relocation is feeling alone. Meeting people organically can take a good amount of time. Be proactive and make connections.

Consider joining community organizations by volunteering at places such as the local library, school committees, a non-profit music organization or theater group. If you are a fitness enthusiast, go beyond joining a gym. Sign up to participate in a walking, running or biking event. The point is to become a community member by joining. You’ll likely love your community that much more by being a vital member.

At the end of the day, turning a potentially frightening moving experience into a positive one starts by networking with trained professionals and ends with you have a great new circle of friends.

Keeping Your New Home Safe This Holiday Season

It’s common knowledge that home break-ins peak during the holiday season, especially increasing around Christmas. If you have just gotten settled into a new home after completing a move, you want to be especially careful to keep it safe around the holidays. Read on to learn how to ensure the safety of your new home this upcoming holiday season:

Keeping Your Home Safe: General Tips

 

  • Don’t Share Your Plans: Keep any and all travel plans off of social media. While your friend list is likely trustworthy, you never know who will see your post. You don’t want people to know when your home is vacant. Don’t share when you plan on leaving or returning. This means you can’t post photos from your vacation, while still away. It just isn’t a good idea. It’s like an alert for thieves saying “home is vacant, now’s your chance to rob it” when you do this. Wait till you get back into town to share.
  • Inform a Neighbor of Your Plans: Although it can be difficult as the new person in your neighborhood to figure out who you can trust, it’s important to inform at least one neighbor of your plans to leave town during the holidays. This is important that someone knows you will be gone, so they can keep an eye on your house and be extra aware of any suspicious activity. It’s also a good idea to set your outside lights on a scheduled timer or use other home automation tools to make your home appear to be occupied.
  • Don’t Display Possessions: Don’t make it obvious that you have purchased items. For example, try to keep your tree, with wrapped gifts underneath, away from windows. In addition, porch pirates are everywhere this time of year when everyone is ordering from Amazon. Consider installing a security camera, such as a doorbell camera, that has a good view of your porch if you plan on ordering a great deal of items. Even the mere presence of a security camera will sometimes deter a would-be porch pirate.
  • Mind Your Landscape: Even if you don’t plan on leaving for the holidays, it’s a good idea to make sure your landscape doesn’t allow a burglar to hide. For example, ensure you have outdoor lighting and your bushes are trimmed  down below your windows, not in front, providing cover.
  • Ensure Your Method of Heat Source is Safe: Theft is not the only danger you have to worry about around the holidays. Due to the cooler weather, you will have to turn on your furnace and using your fireplace for the first time. The US Fire Administration reported the deaths of 2,650 individuals due to house fires in 2008. If you didn’t before purchasing your new home, have your furnace professionally inspected to ensure it is in proper working order. Have your chimney cleaned as well before using your fireplace. It’s also important to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms are good, and make sure the detectors themselves are working properly.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year in general, but can present a challenge as well when it comes to keeping your home safe for a variety of reasons. Keep the above tips in mind to ensure your home is protected this holiday season.

Surviving a Thanksgiving Move

Holidays are obviously not the ideal time to complete a move. After all, holidays bring about enough stress, without adding the pressure of a move. However, in some cases, instigating a move in the midst of a holiday celebration is simply unavoidable. If this is you and you find yourself organizing a move in the midst of celebrating Thanksgiving, read on for some helpful survival tips:

  • Make Some Scheduling Decisions: Thanksgiving presents logistical challenges all on its own when it comes to making an appearance at several family events, all over the course of a few days time. When you have to complete a move within that time as well, though, you have to seriously consider which thanksgiving dinners you must attend and which can be skipped this year. If it’s a small gathering, you could always ask your family or friends to change the date of their meal, in order for you to be able to attend, allowing you to skip the meal on the actual day of Thanksgiving, yet still get together at a later time. However, don’t get hurt if they can’t, it’s a lot to ask someone to change tradition. Therefore, for this one year, you might just miss a few celebrations. Now’s the time to determine which ones. Let your loved ones or friends know as soon as possible if you know you won’t be able to attend their celebration.
  • Set Up Your Move With a Professional Soon: Another potential problem regarding moving on or around the Thanksgiving holiday is finding a company who will work on Thanksgiving. If you have to move day of, there might be very few options when it comes to hiring professional movers. Therefore, if you know you will be orchestrating a move, especially on Thanksgiving, call a professional mover as soon as possible to get on the books. The small percentage of movers who will work on Thanksgiving will book up quickly.
  • Opt For a Nontraditional Thanksgiving: If you will be moving near or on Thanksgiving, you likely can’t host a Thanksgiving dinner. You might not even have time to attend one as mentioned above. However, you can always drop into a restaurant that offers a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and have an atypical Thanksgiving celebration. No cooking, no cleaning, no worrying about your house being destroyed. Who knows, this might become your new favorite way to celebrate.
  • Give Yourself Some Grace: Because you are trying to complete an extremely stressful task, in moving all your belongings from one dwelling to another at the same time as a huge celebratory time, give yourself some grace. You won’t be able to do it all. You won’t be able to make everyone happy, and some family members might even get aggravated at you for not attending their celebration. Give yourself grace and remind them that this isn’t an every year event. You will be able to once again partake in their event next year.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with friends and family, enjoying each others company and reconnecting after months apart. However, it is sometimes the only time you have to complete a move. In this case, keep the survival tips listed above in mind to come out unscathed on the other side.

Managing Moving Related Anxiety

According to a study by the Physiological Society, outlined by Global News, moving is one of the most stressful life events you can experience. It makes sense when you consider the financial and logistical challenges that accompany a move, not to mention the change that it entails. Change in and of itself is stressful, so the change moving involves, plus all the other moving related challenges, combine to make it extremely stressful. As such, many people tend to experience moving related anxiety. If you are currently experiencing this, read on to learn how to handle your move related anxiety:

  • Keep the Right Attitude: Stress is a common cause of pessimism and lack of focus. If you are struggling with stress and anxiety relating to your move, remember to keep the right attitude to counteract that pessimism. Focus on the positive elements of your move, the chance to meet new, interesting people, the ability to engage in new activities. Even if it’s a small positive, focus on something that will be beneficial about your move.  Also, remind yourself that the process of moving is temporary in nature and you will once again feel settled in your new place, eventually.
  • Do Your Research: Since one of the main stresses relating to moving involves the unknown, one way to counteract moving related anxiety is to educate yourself on your new location.  Learn which roads are best, which times of the day, what restaurants are nearby that you just have to try, what parks are nearby and what do they offer. Knowing a bit of what to expect will reduce the “unknown” aspect of your new home and subsequently reduce your anxiety level relating to the unknown element of your new place.
  • Organize Your Move: Sometimes, anxiety can become overwhelming simply because you don’t have a plan of action. Make a checklist of items that need to be taken care of before, during and right after your move. This will ensure all your tasks are broken down into manageable size. Check off items as you complete them. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and reduce anxiety as you can see your “to do” list dwindling.
  • Begin Early: Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for your move. This will only make the tasks associated with the move that much more rushed and stressful. To prevent this from happening, start preparing for your move early. You can start organizing, removing clutter and boxing up nonessential items as many as weeks or months before your actual move.
  • Accept Help Offered: Finally, in order to reduce your moving related anxiety, accept any help offered. If your friends and family members are willing to help you, allow them. Give up some of your many tasks to able hands, and reduce the burden on yourself. Be sure to show your appreciation to anyone who helps you. Buy them dinner, provide drinks and snacks while they are helping you, etc.

Moving is a stressful and anxiety inducing life event. Thankfully, by following the tips listed above, you will better manage your moving related anxiety.

 

Sources:
https://www.lifestorage.com/blog/moving/moving-stress-and-anxiety/
https://globalnews.ca/news/3311454/the-most-stressful-situations-in-life-and-whos-more-stressed-about-them/

 

Divorce? Moving Out & Moving On…

Divorce is never the desired end of a relationship, but sometimes, it is unavoidable and the best choice for a couple. When you face a divorce, there are many tasks to complete, one of which is moving your stuff (or their stuff) out of your joint living situation. Be sure to talk to your attorney before you move anything out of your home as doing so before your divorce is final can be a mistake. Once you are sure you can move your stuff out and the logistics of divorce are complete, it’s time to focus on moving your stuff. The following are some tips to help you do just that:

Get Rid of Sentimental Items: In Storage or Permanently

It might be pictures of you and your former spouse, or items you received together as a wedding or engagement gift, regardless, get rid of any item that is tied directly to you and your spouse’s former relationship. These items can be thrown away, given away or stored. If you think there might be a chance of reconciliation in the relationship, you can simply store these items in a separate location. However, make sure you move them out of your space. Don’t keep them around where you will see them.

Start The Packing Process (If You Choose to Move Out)

If you want to stay put in your home, the one you and your spouse shared, you can follow the tips listed below to renovate or redecorate your home to make it your own and create a like new space.

In many cases, moving out and selling the property is the best idea after the end of a marriage. If you want to sell your home, it’s time to go through the contents of your home and organize items, making it easier to move when the time comes. Get rid of items like mentioned above that hold sentimentality. Get rid of any clothes you haven’t worn in at least a year or that no longer fit or are in style. Once you do this, you can even begin packing nonessential items, such as off-season decorations in storage boxes. Make sure to properly label all boxes, as well as where within the house they are found so you can easily unpack them when the time comes. You can even get a storage unit and get a head start on moving items out of your home, making the eventual moving process easier.

Redecorate Your Home, Making it Your Own

Couples often choose the style, textures, colors and furnishings of their home together. Consequently, after a marriage ends, it can be difficult to keep everything as is, even if one spouse remains in the home and one moves out. If you are staying in your home after a divorce, replace your furnishings, repaint, change the style of your décor, make it your own. This will allow you to enjoy a fresh start, even while remaining in your home. Donate any quality items that still have life left to a charity.

Moving on after a divorce isn’t easy. The steps above will hopefully help make this process as easy as possible, whether you stay in your home or move into a brand-new place.

 

Sources:

Divorce Moving Out Checklist: How to Move Out to Move On