Hayden Stewart is a contributing writer and media specialist for the Allied Van Lines Moving Blog. He regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and home blogs, based around the transitional obstacles that come with moving, settling into a new home, and more.
Relocating to a new place can be an exciting experience. Whether a business that is moving to new offices or a family moving to a new apartment, moving always involves challenging logistical planning. The huge number of boxes to pack, transport, unpack can offer unprecedented levels of stress. The steps to a successful move require incredible levels of time and resources too.
One of the major nightmares when packing is being able to trace every box or piece of luggage. With so many items being handled, tracing each particular item is virtually impossible. Also, the process can be tedious, both during the packing and unpacking stages of moving your home. Most people manage to pack their belongings but in the long run, end up jumbling up their stuff while even damaging others. To make the process of moving easier, here are some steps you can follow.
Draft your moving schedule
Like any other undertaking, moving requires a detailed plan of what needs to be done and when. Developing a moving plan should outline, among other things, the period by when you need to have relocated, the day you need to start packing your belongings, the day you would be moving out, and the day you finish unpacking and arranging your property at the new site. Such a schedule ensures that you get organized and avoid procrastination.
Document every item to be moved
Documenting every type of item to be moved offers dual benefits. First, it gives you an idea of how the items will be packaged and carried. The more delicate and fragile items such as glass and utensils need to be handled and transported with care. Also, outlining all items will ensure you take stock of your property. This helps you map your house before and after the moving process is over. The inventory is also handy when it comes to loading your property in the van for transportation.
Pack items categorically
Packing is the main source of all moving nightmares. You can avoid that challenge by ensuring that all items are categorically packed. For instance, a good categorization might be: all kitchen utensils, furniture, non-attire textiles, clothes, and electronics. Further subcategories would include packing items based on their designated rooms such as bedrooms and the living room. This ensures an easier time unpacking and arranging your property in the new house once you move in.
Whereas appropriately categorizing your items when packing is one part of solving the nightmare of moving, labeling ensures that you maintain your organization when it comes to unpacking. Use labels to name each box. You could also use color codes to map the new house. Then you will know where each box should go, making arranging your new house much easier.
Enlist help where required
With all the packing done correctly, the process of moving can still pose a logistical nightmare. A large amount of work needs to be done within a short period. It is best to prevent yourself from exhaustion by seeking some third-party help such as your family or friends to help in the packing and unpacking process. You may also wish to hire a professional moving company to handle the whole moving and settling exercise on your behalf.
With all the logistical hurdles that moving poses, planning well in advance ensures that you will be up to the challenge. On the actual moving day being organized gives you an advantage. With proper planning and execution moving can be an easy and manageable process.
Another resource to look at if you are getting ready to move:The Ultimate Countdown to Moving