Whether looking from the physical or emotional perspective, moving is one of the most stressful events in your life. You basically have no time to think about uprooting since you must focus on the logistics of packing, organizing, and transporting your belongings. It goes without saying that any help you can get during this time is invaluable.
Well, what about five highly efficient packing strategies to help ease the moving process and alleviate some stress? Sounds great, doesn’t it? Keep reading to learn more.
1. Declutter First, Pack Later
Suppose you’ve lived in your current home for a long time. In that case, having lots of belongings lying around is perfectly understandable. Trying to pack them all is a nightmare in the making.
And besides, do you really need everything? The answer is probably no, so before packing, sort through your stuff and place them in three piles – trash, donate, and pack. Then just pack the third (now much smaller) pile, and you’re good to go.
2. Only the Designated Items Go
You might be downsizing or ready for a style overhaul for your new place. Whatever the case, you’ll benefit from the color-coded packing method. This method involves designating a color for each room in your new home and packing the items accordingly to boxes with color-coded labels.
3. Divide and Conquer
One look at all the stuff you need to pack, and you can get overwhelmed before you even start. But there’s no need to. Instead of mindlessly wandering around your home, tackle one room at a time. Organize it, pack it, clear it, and then move on.
4. Call in the Cavalry
There’s nothing your friends and family can’t make better, and packing is no different. Ask them to lend a helping hand, delegate responsibilities, and have a blast packing.
5. Leave It to the Professionals
Do you simply lack the time and energy to tackle the daunting task of packing and moving? If so, just don’t do it. Instead, hire professionals to do it for you.
- It’s time to move and your stymied. Go for the three-pile method. That is, sort your things that are not going with you into donate, throw out and give away piles.
- List the rooms in your home-to-be. Have your items listed and coded by room for easy access once you arrive.
- No one person should have to do everything. Find friends and family to help. Delegate. Provide checklists and pizza. And hire a professional to help you move.
“Moving can be stressful, especially if you’re disorganized and don’t have a plan. But it doesn’t have to be. By implementing a packing strategy, you can reduce your stress, stay focused and be ready for moving day in no time.”