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Have you found the perfect Chicago home and are ready to plan your housewarming party? Unfortunately, you have to tackle the packing and the moving first. While finding the perfect place can be exciting, the actual packing, cleaning, and moving can be notoriously difficult and stressful. The good news is that there are some ways to streamline the process so that your move will be less stressful. Here are some low-stress tips for your next big move.
Before You Go…
There are some things that can be done before you pack that first box. Since the packing and moving process is fast paced and somewhat chaotic, it’s a good idea to tackle these items on the to-do list ahead of time.
Emptying the Fridge
You never realize how many items you have in your fridge and freezer until you have to pack them and move them without allowing them to spoil. In a stressful move, you may run out of cooler space and opt to toss good food into the garbage as opposed to having to pack it. Avoid the waste and the stress by whittling down those perishables by using them in your daily meals. The more ingredients you use, the less you have to move and the more money you’ll save on take out.
Since you know your move date and your new address, why not get a head start on transferring your services? Contact the electric company and cable company, let them know the date you’ll be vacating your current property and a time for connection at the new property. Doing this ahead of time assures that it won’t slip through the cracks when the chaos begins.
Find a Mover
If you aren’t planning on hiring a mover you may want to reconsider. Not only do they do all of the heavy lifting, they also can transfer your household items in one trip. Be sure to do your research though – you want to be sure you’re hiring a reputable company, since they’ll be handling all your possessions.
What Stays and What Goes?
If you’re downsizing or planning to redecorate in your new place, you’ll want to make arrangements ahead of time for the items that will not be going with you. If you want to sell these items, advertise them now to ensure they’ll be picked up prior to your move date. If you plan to donate, contact the organization and schedule a donation pick up time.
Smart packing can save you a lot of time and keep your belongings safe and sound. Boxes can take up a lot of space and cost a pretty penny so before you purchase, utilize your household items first. Start with your suitcases. Suitcases are not just for clothes – in fact, it’s best to transport your clothes in your dresser drawers or on the hanger. Use your wheeled suitcases for heavier, bulkier items such as pots and pans, books, or serving dishes. Trash cans and laundry baskets are also a good way to transport your belongings. Instead of packing your pillows, sheets, and towels in a box, use them to wrap or cushion your fragile items. Don’t just pack your pots and pans, fill them with smaller items such as spices, canned goods, and measuring cups. Pack and label your boxes by room so unpacking isn’t such a chore. Lastly, and probably most importantly, set one bag aside for your essential items, those items you will need right away. These essential items could include medications, phone charger, toiletries, your favorite coffee cup, and a change of clothes. You want to be sure to have everything packed the day before moving day.
Moving day is exciting but can also be very tiring and stressful, so the more prepared you are, the better. Set aside the fragile items that you plan to move in your car. Items such as house plants, television, laptops, and framed art will be much safer in your car than bouncing around in the back of a truck. Pack a cooler with plenty of water and some snacks to get you through the day. Plan on ordering in as opposed to cooking for dinner (you may want to look for some restaurants in the area of your new home ahead of time to avoid any delay). Lastly, hold off on cleaning your old place until the following day, moving is hard enough so give yourself a break.
Once you’re moved in, you can enjoy your new home. What are some of your moving tips?