Can your moving day be stress free? Good questions! Probably not, but with a little planning and organizing you can get close to a stress free day. If you are a Military family, a PCS move occurs so often that you may already have ways to get through the day. Here are a few I have used and some I have just been introduced to. Check out these great ideas and tools to try to ease the frustrations moving can bring.
Organize, organize and organize! If you are like me and maybe not an overly organized person the best way to make moving day go smoothly is to get on the organization bandwagon. Start at least a month or more before the big day and clean out closets and cabinets. If you have not worn or used it in the last year then put in either a garage sale pile or a donate pile. If you have similar items in several different areas of your home gather them and store them together. If you store your seasonal clothing and will not be needing it go a head and pack it. If you are having a moving company move you, you also want to get all of your seasonal clothing together so it can be boxed together. Make sure the day of the move you have a designated area set aside for things you do not want packed onto the truck. For example I usually put all of the items coming with me in the master bath and then mark the door with a large sign saying do not enter and do not pack. This is also where I usually keep my pets.
Pets and children can cause a lot of stress on moving day. If possible make arrangements to have the children stay at a neighbors or have another adult with you to entertain them. You may also be able to establish a kid zone in one of the rooms where the kids can watch a movie, play games etc… You may also consider having your furry kids stay with a neighbor or relative. Or establish a pet zone where they can stay and not be in the mix of all the moving. Make sure you have all of your pets medical records , medication, food etc… with you. If you are traveling out of state or overseas be sure to you check that your pets have all of the certification ,shots etc.. to travel. You will also want to make sure you bring all of the family members medical information with you. Also with both your children and your pets, make sure you have that something special to take with you that makes them feel safe and secure. This will not only ease your stress but theirs.
Packing! This can be one of the most stressful parts of the day. But if you organize ahead of time you may save yourself some of that stress. If you are moving yourself you will want to make sure you have enough boxes and packing materials. When filling boxes keep like items together. Mark your boxes with not only what room the box came from but what is in the box. A great tip is to take a picture of everything in the box and then list on the box. Save these pics either on your phone or in a PDF file so when it comes time to unpack and you desperately need that pink towel, you will know exactly where it is. If you are using a moving company do the same thing, you may not be able to take a shot of everything in the box but you can get a general idea. With movers make sure the box is marked correctly on the outside. For example my idea of a family room and the movers may not be the same, you can take your own magic marker and write a more specific room if you like.
If you are using a moving company that in itself can be stressful. You are allowing strangers into your home to pack your most precious items.I suggest any valuable items such as jewelry etc.. be kept with you . If you are not doing a Military PCS move you will want to do a lot of research on which company to use. Ask around for recommendations sometimes the best deal is not always the best “deal”. Check into insuring your items and what insurance the moving company provides. With a PCS move you will more than likely not get a choice in which company appears at your door. I have always tried to look at my movers with a positive eye. I try and remember they are working to pay the bills just like the rest of us, they are someones mother, father ,brother , daughter etc… I try very hard not to stand over them like a drill Sargent! I provide plenty of water and beverages and tell them to help themselves to whatever is there, either in a cooler or the refrigerator. I also offer to buy lunch and have snacks for the late afternoon. I figure a happy packer may treat my things better!! I also make sure I have all my paperwork organized and ready to go. I also keep the number of the appropriate person to call if I do have a problem with any of the moving company employees.
You may also want to use some of the great apps out there to help you move One such app is Moving Van. This app will let you index and inventory your boxes. Another great app is Moving Planner.This app will let you keep organized with a moving check list that will also remind of you to do things like turn off your utilities.
This is just some of the great ideas out there for making your moving day a little less hectic. You might also want to check out the great tips that MilitaryByOwner has to share. A great article recently shared on the blog was written by staff writer Karina. The blog post How to Make Your Home a Stress Free Zone! shares ideas on how to keep use items such as the radio to create a peaceful environment during moving day. The best tip I can share is just breathe and take care of yourself, make sure you eat and stay hydrated and if things get a little hectic take a moment ( I have locked myself in that do not enter master bath plenty of times just to take a minute!). Make sure you celebrate the end of the day with a glass of wine or a trip to the frozen yogurt store.
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