Top Ten Ways to Get Ready for a Big Move
Excited about moving into your new home, aren’t you? It also means a lot of work – even if you are moving to a new house that’s just a block away. Moving involves a lot of hassles, headaches, and stress, but if you plan properly, the process can be smooth for you. Here are top 10 ways to organize yourself and get ready for the move.
Picture the look of your new home
How do you want your new house to look? Imagine the look: neat and clean, isn’t it? You can ensure this if you remove all the clutter right now, and not take any extra items to our new home. So, go through all your belongings, and get rid of all the stuff that you don’t need anymore.
Don’t move things you have used for years
How many things in your attic, basement, and garage haven’t been used for the past few years? See if you can sell them, or leave them in your old home.
Start moving ‘virtually’
Before you move physically, move all your hard drive data and secure it, just to be on the safe side. Back up your data onto an external device or sign up for a cloud service. But, before transferring, get scanned copies of all important documents like your passports, security cards and so on.
Organize the cords
How many devices do you have? Label cords for all of them, so you can easily sort them out when you unpack in your new home. If a device has multiple cords, then use color coding. Put a colored sticker on the cord, and mark the hole/socket with the same color.
Keep important papers together
Get a fireproof box, and store all important documents such as passports, birth certificates and sensitive financial statements inside it. You can even keep your hard drive in the same box. When you move, keep this box inside your car, and not on the moving truck.
Streamline the CDs and DVDs
Do you have a large collection of DVDs and CDs? Get rid of the casing, and move the discs in binder sleeves. Or just transfer the files to your laptops and computers, and get rid of the CDs themselves.
Label the boxes
Get moving boxes, and label all of them with tags such as ‘books’, ‘clothes’, ‘crockery’ and so on. Keep items in their designated boxes only.
Clear the outside areas
Go through the outdoor stuff, and remove broken items and other things, which will not be required at your new home.
Use a moving binder
Save important contacts, to-do lists, packing list and details of the moving or truck rental company in a designated moving binder. If you are moving to another city, you should keep flight information as well.
Prepare a night bag
Pack up all things which you would require immediately on your first night in a separate bag. This way you wouldn’t have to unpack everything right away.