Moving homes is often a bittersweet experience that brings about a slew of emotions from anticipation for the new environment to sadness for leaving familiar places and faces behind. It also doesn’t help that relocating is also major undertaking—transporting and managing all your possession all at once.
Fortunately, there are ways to pack and prepare for a move that can ultimately reduce the amount of time and energy required. Try these moving hacks to make the process go a lot smoother.
The Minimalist Strategy
If you’re a minimalist, then just owning fewer possessions than the average person already makes the whole thing much easier. If you’re not yet a minimalist, but secretly aspire to move towards a minimalist lifestyle, then relocating is the best opportunity that can give you that much-needed motivation to shed the excesses in your life.
Minimalists often execute the “Packing Party” to simulate packing only your essentials and leaving the unneeded clutter in your life. Since you’re moving, employ this strategy to accomplish two tasks: pack and move towards a minimalist lifestyle. Invite friends over to help you discern what you need and don’t need.
Donate items left behind and schedule pick-ups for things friends and family may be interested in. If you are moving to a new home that is unfurnished, order bedroom furniture online and have it shipped to your new home, so you can immediately have a comfortable place to rest.
Moving and Taking Everything with You
If Minimalism isn’t your cup of tea and you plan to move with all your possessions in tow, you can still cut down on grudge work with a few simple hacks. Avoid removing items inside the furniture you wish to take with you.
Secure doors or drawers with adhesive tape or even cling wrap if you don’t want to deal with adhesive residue. Do not remove clothes from hangers to put inside garbage bags which run the risk of being discarded or disposed of. Instead, keep clothes on a hanger and pack in garment bags that can easily go inside the closet of your new residence.
Use labelled tissue cores for cable wires that can easily be mixed and impossible to tell apart. You can also take photos of your electronics and its cables to avoid frustration in setting up later. Minimize moving costs by using boxes from parcels delivered and cutting handles on the side for handles. Colour code each box for each room using colour coding labels and identify using a “move-in colour key”.
Upon arriving at your new home, put rubber bands around the door knobs to avoid it from latching allowing you to move quickly from room to room even if you got your hands full with boxes.
While moving isn’t necessarily easy on anyone, there are some ways to pack and unpack faster, reduce the amount of work, and ultimately make the process go just a bit smoother than it might otherwise.