A time intensive process, moving can test one’s patience. The timeline to complete a move can range from a few days to a couple of months. Adding to the chaos and stress of having to uproot your life and planting it in a whole new place, is the process of packing up everything you own and moving that as well. Just thinking about the whole process can demotivate you and slow you down. However, even moving in a hurry can be done smoothly and without any hiccups. Here’s a checklist of all you need to do the week before you move.
- Chalk Out A Plan
Before you take on the massive task of moving, take a moment, breathe and chalk out a plan. No matter if you have a week to move or a month, planning your move will ensure you cover all aspects of the move without losing your mind. While it is common to feel overwhelmed during this time, don’t beat yourself up. Just take it one step at a time. First things first, prepare a checklist. Try to include everything you will need during and after your move. It’s easy to forget the things we use the most so ensure you pay special attention to this. You can also look online for resources that will help you create a moving checklist. Next, if you’re looking to hire movers or use storage facilities, get in touch with them right away. Find reputable and licensed companies in your area. If you’re planning to do this on your own, figure out how you plan to transport your items to your new place.
- Think About Storage
Moving involves A LOT of boxes, packing and storage equipment. Hence, it’s important you invest in storage boxes and packing material. Since you can’t be running back and forth to the store, figure out an estimate number of boxes you’ll need and buy more than that. Chances are you will remember something right at the end. If you’re unsure of how many boxes you might need, professional storage facilities, such as The Box in Dubai, can help you figure it out. Make sure you don’t forget to pack the essentials such as packing tape, packing paper and furniture protectors.
- Seek Help
Moving is not an easy task. In theory, it is moving things from one place to another; however, in reality, it requires a lot of manpower, time, and energy. So if you’re doing this on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask your friends and family members to pitch in whenever they can. If all else fails and no one is available, you can seek professional help. Professional moving services and companies will assign someone to help you pack, unpack and load up the moving truck.
- Take Only What’s Necessary
Whether you’re moving in a week or a month, it’s crucial that you only take what you need. It is tempting to pack anything and everything in sight, but this will just lead to an influx of unnecessary things and a mental breakdown. You don’t want to lug around anything that no longer serves you any purpose. You can also prepare a separate list of things you absolutely should not take with you when moving. These could include old, worn out clothes or clothes you haven’t worn in over a year, old notes from school or college, DVDs, and tech equipment that don’t work anymore. Instead of tossing these out completely, you can always donate or recycle them. You can enlist the help of a friend to help you make the trip to donate stuff or better yet, have them drop it off for you.
This one’s a bit tricky. Moving as a whole is a messy business, but it doesn’t always have to be so. Granted it’s hard to have everything perfectly organized and neatly stacked; however, simply labelling boxes can go a long way. Ideally, you’d want to ensure you dedicate boxes to the same item or items of the same family. So say you want to include all electrical equipment in one box, while your clothes have another dedicated box. Even if you can’t do this 100%, try not to club odd things with each other. You don’t want to move to a new place, open up a box labelled linens and find your coffee maker. Labelling your boxes can make your move a thousand times better. Knowing which box to open when you’re looking for something in particular is half the battle won. All said and done, make sure you wrap up all your fragile items in a secure manner.
- Pay Attention To Details
Moving is a time and energy intensive process and there’s a high chance you’re going to forget packing a few things or miss out on something. Either way, there’s a lot of distraction, which is why it’s important to take care of the important details. These include remembering to file for a change of address or shutting of your gas subscription. You also need to file for a transfer of electricity, telephone and cable services to your new home. Do keep in mind though that no matter how well in advance you plan, there’s a high chance the timelines won’t match and you might have to wait a bit for all your services to be restored at your new home.
- Hire Professionals
Moving can be daunting and once you pack and repack things, and see the boxes pile, you’re bound to freak out a little. However, thousands of people move everyday and it really isn’t that band. With a ton of professional help easily available in the market today, a smooth move is just a phone call away. If you’re moving in a hurry and don’t have enough space to take everything with you, you can always opt for self storage services to store your things, and you can come back for them when you’re ready or have them shipped to you once you’ve settled in.
Moving within a week isn’t easy but it’s not impossible either. Stick to your plan, manage your time well, and focus on completing the tasks at hand. Ensure you also take care of your mental and physical health so you’re not bummed out by the end of this process.
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