Are you moving into a new home in North Texas? The idea might seem overwhelming. Before you move, you have to go through all your stuff and decide what to take. Then you need to figure out how you will pack it up. And finally, you have to decide how you will get it to your new place.
As soon as you know that you are definitely moving, go through every room of your house and begin decluttering. Take anything you know you will not need in your new place and either have a garage sale or donate it to the nearest charity as quickly as possible. Use funds from the former to help you move and the receipt from the latter to help with your taxes at the end of the year.
Next, gather up enough boxes, packing tape, and other supplies to pack up everything that’s left a couple of weeks before the big day. You can get some boxes for free from places like Craigslist and grocery stores. Use permanent markers or a variety of packing tape to color code the writing on the boxes to each room. This will make it much easier to sort and organize things once you move into your new home.
When packing up small appliances or moving large pieces of furniture that have multiple pieces, keep them together. There is nothing worse than trying to settle into your new home and not knowing where the mirror is to your bedroom dresser, or the dough hook for your gourmet kitchen mixer.
When you move, although it might mean having less hands on deck from your friends, try to choose a weekday. You will get a better rate from a moving company and save your back from trying to lift heavy boxes. Another perk of weekday moving is that utility companies, banks, and other necessary organizations are more likely to be open for business if you need their services upon arriving.
Are you moving with a pet? Get a pet sitter who will keep your pets at their home on moving day. All the commotion could stress them out, and the last thing you want is for your dog or cat to bolt through a door left open by a relative, friend, or moving company worker who was only trying to help you get your things from House A to House B.
And finally, clean up the mess. Run the vacuum and dust rag. You will be surprised at the difference it makes. This is especially helpful if you are moving from a rental into a new single family home and you are responsible for cleaning upon moving out anyway.