New Beginnings: Relocating Tips for a Smooth Transition

family on moving day

New beginnings are overflowing every type of excitement, but they also drip trepidation of the unknowns. Whether you can’t contain your excitement, or you are analyzing everything that could go wrong, new beginnings are a big time of transition. When you’re relocating to a new city for work, family reasons, personal reasons, or a new adventure, it helps to focus your attention on what part of the transition you have control over.

You might not know whether you’ll hit it off with your neighbors or new co-workers, but there is nothing you can do about that yet. Keep yourself busy before a new beginning by handling the logistics of the very transition itself — packing and moving.

Planning, Packing, and Moving

Packing for a trip is fun. Whether you leave it for the night before, or prep days or weeks in advance, there is a certain joy to deciding what to take on a vacation, to a wedding, or even to travel for a work conference. You’re focused on small relatively easy decisions like figuring out what clothes you’ll want to wear on what occasion. Packing and unpacking while you’re moving and relocating is an entirely different beast. It’s on a significantly larger scale obviously, and it requires a lot more preparation and planning. Here are some tips on where to get started.

Strategize before you pack

professional movers loading boxes

It’s time to strategize. Create a budget for your moving costs. Make your moving to-do list. Here comes the fun part where your strategizing turns to visualizing. Imagine your new home as if you are your very own interior designer. Go through your house room by room. Decide whether everything will remain delegated to the same rooms in your new home, or will your furniture be moving. If you’re going to put a large and tall bookshelf in your new spacious bedroom instead of the living room, move it in the layout you see in your mind’s eye. Consider whether to hire professional movers. Be sure to compare costs of hiring movers vs. renting a uHaul or PODS. Hiring professional movers can be a great experience—if you hire the right company. Don’t be afraid to ask questions before signing a contract. Your follow-up and understanding of the ins and outs will give you peace of mind as moving day approaches.

Pack it all up

If you’re limited on space or resources, use rolled up ro folded clothing as packing materials and padding.

Gather moving materials like quality boxes, packing tape, packing materials. Although it may seem easier to stop by your local grocery storey and score some boxes for free, it may be more trouble than it’s worth to have boxes without lids, handholds, or secured sides. Moving boxes are relatively inexpensive, and they will provide you with durability that may be worth it in the end.

Packing pro-tips

organized and labeled moving boxes

Create a pull tab with wool string to make it easier to open your moving boxes without scissors or box cutters. All you have to do is run a piece of wool string on the center of the closed box flaps, leave excess on the sides, and tape over the string. Make sure to leave a small piece of string on both ends of the box to pull. .

Don’t pack these items with other household belongings. Consider what should not be packed in the moving truck. Some things can be hazardous during the moving process, so it is best to move them separately or dispose of them before moving.

Tools, painting equipment and cleaning chemicals should be packed together in clearly marked boxes. You may want to use plastic totes to prevent messy or dangerous leaks. Pack bottles and medications together and keep them separate from other belongings.

The moving itself

Bundle all the breakables first, pack them up carefully and label it fragile. But make sure that you wait to move them till the end. You’ll definitely want to clear out and arrange all of the furniture and heavy things first.

Even if you hire professional packers, you can go ahead and organize your belongings the way you want to unpack and unfold things into your new home. Use different color sharpie/packing tape/ or boxes for different rooms or

Pack for a short trip with everything you’ll need right up till move out and as soon as you move in. Make sure to hit the ground running, so that you can hop into your new beginning on the right foot. Here are some fun things to focus on once you’ve got the planning, packing, and moving out of the way. Don’t forget to throw yourself a housewarming party to celebrate your new space and new beginning!

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