Moving day is exciting in general– but the process of actually packing up your life into boxes and transporting it from one place to another in a short amount of time can be a nightmare. The stress of a move can really get to you, especially after the months-long process of buying a new house. Here are some tips to get everything organized and ready to go to make your day easier.

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  1. Purge unused or unwanted things: Exactly when to start depends on the size of your house and the amount of stuff you have, but in general, 4-5 weeks before moving day is a good time to aim for beginning to declutter. In this first phase, comb through your things room-by-room and gather all the items you no longer want or need. Donate what you can, and throw away the rest. This will cut down on the number of boxes you have to move when the big day comes, and you will have a fresh start when you get to the new house.
  2. Pack rarely-used things: While you don’t want to pack something you might need in the last few weeks before the move, it’s a great idea to start putting away what you can as you go through and declutter–think seasonal items like decorations, or spare linens for guests.
  3. Remember that containers are your friends: Small free-floating items like miscellaneous toiletries, office supplies, or utensils can be such a pain to pack and unpack. To make things easier for yourself now and later, organize them in containers such as bins or drawer inserts before packing them up. Both your current and future selves will thank you.
  4. Avoid catch-all boxes: It makes life much easier if you pack by room and avoid packing items from multiple rooms together. It may be tempting to fill the extra room in a “Bedroom” box with oven mitts from the kitchen or extra toilet paper, but it’s usually best to stick with only the items from that room. This way, unpacking will be a breeze, and there won’t be any frantic searching through every box in the house for a missing random item.
  5. Label everything: The more labeling you do, the easier it will be to find things later. Number the boxes in each room, and keep a separate list that tells you exactly what is in each box. A well-organized labeling system saves you a lot of hassle when searching for a specific item.
  6. Avoid over-packing a box: Boxes are cumbersome enough as they are; one that also weighs a ton makes life even harder. Keep in mind the items that you put into each box, try to distribute heavy items like books and glassware amongst multiple boxes, and fill the rest of the space with lighter things.
  7. Unpack in a reasonable amount of time: Motivation and focus can drop once you’ve finally gotten all of your boxes into the new house. While you certainly deserve a break, we recommend that you don’t wait too long before starting to unpack. Set a daily goal for yourself that is manageable for your schedule–maybe it’s just one box a day, or maybe it’s a full room. Whatever your preference, keep the unpacking process consistent, so you aren’t left stressing about living amongst boxes.

Before moving into your new place, take a good look around – does your kitchen need new cabinets? Do your bathrooms need to be renovated? Taking care of these projects before moving in can minimize disruption a few months down the road. Call West Coast Design Build Florida today to learn more about how we can quickly design and install your remodel and get you settled into a beautiful new place.