Posted by: Regent Homes, on June 26, 2013
Buying a new home is an exciting experience. There’s a lot of anticipation, thrill, and nerves on the line until the day you sign on the dotted line. Then reality sets in. You realize that buying a new home means that you have to pack up your old one, and move everything you own into a completely new spot.
There are very few people in the world who love the process of moving. Don’t let yourself get too easily overwhelmed; read on to discover 5 easy ways to simplify moving.
Pack a “First Week” box
Odds are, you’ll be unpacking for two weeks after you start life in your new home. We find that it’s smart to back a large plastic container (or, two containers for families) that are labeled “First Week.” Pack this box with the necessities; a few towels, dishes, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and cookware. Packing a “first week” box will help alleviate the stress of digging through boxes to find something that you need immediately.
Pack by room daily
Rather than wait until the last minute to start throwing everything in boxes and crates, schedule your packing by day. Breaking apart the task will help reduce the stress and pressure of making sure that everything is packed and nothing is left behind. Two weeks before the move, designate specific days to pack specific rooms. An additional bonus to this method of packing is ensuring that a room’s contents are not lost or scattered throughout several other, unrelated boxes.
Color Coordinate Boxes
While your packing by room, find a way to designate a color for each room. Color coordinating can be as simple as a strip of colored ductape on the boxes, or the color of the boxes themselves. This ensures that the move in process is as simple and easy as the move out process, allowing the movers to reduce time and take the boxes to the right room the first time.
Designate an “Important Records” box
This is where you will keep all your documents, receipts, current bills, passports, extra checks and closing papers. Designating an “important box” ensures that you know where these valuables are at all time, allowing you easy access if you need them. When moving, keep this box close to you and in a safe location.
Lighten the Load
It’s amazing how much stuff we can accumulate throughout our lives. Most of the time, we end up with a bunch of stuff that we never use; stuff that just sits around in a box somewhere and collects dust. Moving just might be the best time to get rid of the items that you haven’t used in the last year. As your packing, look for things that you can donate to local charities and shelters. You might even be able to get a tax deduction for your efforts.
Moving into a new home is an exciting, monumental opportunity. Take a few simple steps to make the moving process easier, and you’ll be able to fully enjoy the benefits of your new home!
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