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Moving can be an overwhelming process with boxes piled around your home. You have a lot to get done and spending all day digging through your belongings is not ideal. If you plan accordingly, your move doesn’t have to be as long as you think. My Tucson Movers expertise can help you figure out how to speed up your move because we know how important it is for you to get a fresh start.
1.) Get a head start
When it comes to packing, the early-bird is the most successful. Although it can be daunting to put your life in boxes, it’s best to come up with a plan before your move. Giving yourself at least two months to organize your home is a good rule-of-thumb.
The best place to begin is to try to incorporate a little bit of packing in your daily tasks, starting with decorative items like paintings, figurines, and picture frames. Also, consider packing in categories or by taking it one room at a time. Starting with the rooms that has many items, like the kitchen, can help you visualize your move as it becomes emptier.
Over time, these tiny steps will make the big move less scary.
2.) Stick to a plan
One solution is to create a list and making tasks to clean and pack. Having a clean home can help you focus on the tasks ahead without clutter in the way. If you have the opportunity to access your new home before the move-in-date, try to clean up the space to prepare. It’ll be much easier to clean, paint, or repair fixtures if the space is empty. While you’re in your new home, try to take a picture of the space and see where you would like your furniture so you don’t fuss over it on move-in day. To go the extra mile, mark any spaces where would like certain furniture to go.
Lastly on your list, after you pack, write down the number boxes and what they contain. Once you finally arrive at your new home, check your list to make sure every box has arrived.
3.) Start heavy
If you have heavy belongings like a bed, couch, or television, it’s best to load those onto your vehicle first. Not only will you physically get it out of the way, it’ll be easier to arrange your belongings afterwards and maneuver around your home. If you are going to do it yourself, make sure that you protect yourself and your furniture from any harm.
Also, by starting earlier with heavy furniture, it is likely you won’t be doing any heavy lifting when the sun is blazing in the afternoon.
4.) Use what you have
Moving is already expensive so often you’ll find that you have a lot of packing materials in your own home. Using blankets and towels as padding for your decorative items and plateware can you save money on moving paper.
Use suitcases and bags to pack clothes, that’s what they were made for. You don’t want to pack up empty air. If you have a dresser, don’t empty it. Instead, leave your clothes inside but remove the drawers, if possible. To save time from folding or rolling clothing on a hanger, leave them on. Grab a trash bag and starting at the end of your clothes, lift over your hanging clothes.
In general, trash bags are useful because unlike boxes, they can fit into smaller spaces and bend into shape. Lastly, tie plastic wrap around items that could likely spill such as beauty products or toiletries. It could be helpful to store these in resealable storage bags.
5.) Organize your boxes
An effective method to speed up your move is categorizing your items, it could also be helpful to color code the boxes too. If you have all your records or shoes in one box, it will be simple and quick to find.
Boxes can get really heavy and you don’t want to hurt yourself. A useful trick is to grab box cutters and create handles on the sides of your boxes for easy lifting.
It’s important to think about unpacking before you start putting things in boxes especially because things can easily go missing.
As you go from room-to-room, keep boxes in their designated room so you don’t end up mixing your belongings. If you’ve enlisted help, make sure to indicate whether a box has any breakable items such as glass or porcelain.
6.) Pack the essentials
Going through sentimental momentos can be emotional for some people, but it can also be a good opportunity to evaluate your essentials. You should only pack items that are important or useful.
Before you consider packing something, check to see if it’s ripped, torn, or just collecting dust. If the item is still in good condition, think about donating it or even having a garage sale if you have time. If you are sentimentally attached to some items, try packing them away in a storage unit so you have a fresh start in your new home.
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