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5 Ways to Make the Moving Process as Smooth as Possible

Moving can be very stressful, but it doesn't have to be. With a little organization and planning you can get settled into your new place with ease. The key to this is prioritizing your tasks.  

Declutter First - A couple months before your move start going through each room in your house and picking out items that should really be trashed or donated to charity. Every item you bring with you will cost you time, money, or both. So be very certain that what you are bringing is something worth paying for. It's also helpful to declutter at this time. Sort and put important items and paperwork in a place where you can easily access them later. Don't forget to survey the fridge and freezer and use up as much stored food as possible before the move. Not having to worry about keeping items at proper temperature will make the move easier.  

One to Two Months Before the Move - Renting a Yellowhead Self Storage space is a great way to save time, money, and headaches during a move. Begin packing things you don't use often, such as the good dishes and seasonal items, and take them over to your self-storage unit at your convenience. This can really help reduce your stress level because you're not tripping over boxes and you can see how much progress you are making. Plus, these items will then be in the back of your storage locker. That's nice because if it takes you a while to empty the locker, these are not things you will need immediately.  

Label Boxes Well - Check yard sales or Craigslist for free boxes being discarded by someone who just moved. If they're used once or twice they're probably still perfectly good. As you pack each box write what the contents are on the outside of the box. Also write what room the box belongs in. If movers are going to be delivering the boxes, consider printing up copies of a sketch of your new floor plan marking the destination room with a big X.  

Use Towels, Sheets and Socks as Padding - Towels, sheets, pillows, and bedding make fine padding for fragile items. Even clothing like t-shirts and jeans can be used to protect items like electronics. Try to group things like this by room. So for kitchen items use kitchen towels and potholders to pack dishes. In a child's room use their bedding and clothing for their toys and personal items.  

Identify Important Items Together - Pack a box with things you know you are going to need right away in your new place, like the coffeemaker, a couple changes of clothing for everyone in the family, extra toilet paper, and some snacks. Put this box in your trunk or someplace where it won't get lost in the shuffle. Prescriptions, important papers like a new lease, and an extra phone charger are examples of what should go in this box.  

If your boxes are all labeled and easy to identify, then unpacking at the new place is a breeze. If you use a self-storage locker to hold some of your possessions you may only have to pay movers to move heavy items. With a little planning, organization, and decluttering, your move can be carefree and easy.

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Meghan Belnap

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