5 Common Moving Day Mistakes to Avoid

As the countdown to the big move starts, take note of these five common mistakes to avoid so you’ll be prepared and satisfied on moving day.

1. Not Expecting the Unexpected

Life is never simple, especially when moving. Everyone can make schedules and to-do lists, but it’s just a fact that when you’re moving, things don’t always go as planned.

When you’re in the middle of moving or getting ready to move, it is easy to get distracted by everything that needs to be done. It is easy to forget about the everyday things you can’t control. Things like the weather.

Weather

Don’t let a change in the weather forecast ruin or affect your moving day. When picking a date something to consider should be, what time of the year it is. Is it hurricane season? Is it supposed to rain all week?

When considering the weather, sometimes It’s best to have different options available. You can wear something thin and light for when it gets warm, but have a jacket or rain gear available if the weather starts to change. It is always smart to have water and sunscreen with you. Especially for those sunny moving days. If the weather starts to look a little daunting and dark, make sure to have some rain gear, like an umbrella or plastic sheets, tarps, towels, in case it rains or snows. Simply it is better to hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

2. Have a Plan for Everyone

Unless you live by yourself, odds are you’re not alone in this move. It is very important to remember to have a plan for your pets or kids before moving day comes.

Kids

If you have children, make sure you all know what the moving day plan is. Whether they are going to a friend’s house or going to a family member’s for the day, it is better than scrambling around last minute trying to figure out what to do. If your kids are going to be with you on moving day, give them a job so they can take possession of the move and have something to do while packing and unpacking.

Pets

What about your little furry friends? Be sure you plan how they will travel to the new place, or if they are going to stay with someone. Their comfort is the most important thing. Make sure you have their crate, some food, water, and a few toys to keep them busy. Pets get anxious when it comes to moving, it is important that they know they are okay throughout the whole process.

Plants

Plants are important too! To help make sure your plants make it to your new home, make sure to have an ideal temporary environment and so they can survive the move. Something to consider is re-potting any plants that are currently planted in breakable pots.

3. You Can Never Be Too Organized

You may think you’re organized but you can never be too organized when it comes to moving. The best plan for moving is to remember to overdo it on the organizing front.

Pack Items by Room

Try not to combine items from your bathroom with items from your dining room. That’ll just lead to mix-ups!

Label Your Boxes

Sometimes the word “fragile” is not enough. Make sure to label your boxes with its correct room. That way, you’ll know where each box goes as it comes off the truck. It’ll keep things organized and will save a ton of time.

Take an Inventory of Your Boxes

Having your boxes marked with what is inside them helps you keep track of everything. You can give each box a number and then make a list for each box, according to the number on the box. Make sure to always keep this list with you.

Have a Moving Day Box

When moving, always think about the small things you might need on moving day and for your first night in your new home. Things to have in your box should be:

4. Research Different Moving Companies

Hiring a moving company is a great way to get some help when you’re moving. But it is extremely important to make sure your movers are reliable. Your mover should offer you a free estimate before moving day. You do not want any surprise fees or costs on moving day.

If the company offers full-service packing, they’ll help you pack and wrap your furniture and any other fragile items. Make sure they fulfill their duties. If you need any storage options, your movers might have some recommendations, or even some storage space to offer you.

Make sure to look into what kind of insurance and protection they offer? Movers should have a plan in case things get damaged during your move, including replacement options.

Read the terms and conditions carefully and make sure you take pictures of your boxes before, so you have proof of condition prior to the move.

5. Get Your New Home Ready

The last thing anyone wants after a long day of moving is to be in a place that isn’t set up. If possible, have it cleaned and/or painted before you arrive. Make sure you transfer utilities. You don’t want to end up with no electricity, heat, a/c, water, or gas.

Make sure to have a spot or area for dirty shoes and other outdoor gear, especially if it rains. Bring an old towel or small mat to place at the door of your new place. If your new home is smaller than your old one, then make sure you declutter. Donate or recycle any unwanted items before you move. It not only means less stuff to move, but it also means your new home will feel better without all the extra items.

There’s no doubt that moving is a lot of work. But with some extra attention and planning, your approaching moving day can be as effective and easygoing as any other day.

10 Moving Hacks to Remember

Let's be honest, we all can agree that moving is stressful and no fun. However, these moving hacks will make your life and your move a lot easier. These hacks might sound silly, but they have been “tested” and were found to be extremely helpful.

1. Trash Bag Trick

Not only does this moving hack guarantee that your clothes stay clean while moving, but it also makes it easier when you put them into your new closet. This saves time when it comes to hanging your clothes back onto the rod.

Here's how this hack works best:

2. Have a “First Night” Box

Having a “First Night” box helps keep all your essentials in one place. Some things you can use are a laundry basket or a trash can. When it comes to packing, make sure your box goes with you, instead of in the moving truck.

Some things to include in your “First Night” box are toilet paper, paper towels, scissors, pajamas, clothes for the next day, and bathroom essentials, like towels, shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothbrush, and hairbrush.

3. Before You Move, Declutter

Before you move into your new place, go through every room and closet, getting rid of anything you do not want or use. Not only does this reduce the amount of stuff you need to pack, but it also helps you keep your new home organized.

When you are decluttering, a great thing to do is donate whatever you can. There are tons of places like GoodWill, Salvation Army, etc. that take donations.

4. Use Clothes/Scarves/Towels to Protect Breakable Items

Instead of buying pricey packing paper, a great way to protect your fragile items is by using stuff from around the house. Some ideas are to use towels, or other thick fabrics for your dishes, candles, and other fragile items. You can use coffee filters between dishes to keep them from chipping. Pillows are also a great way to pad fragile items.

5. Label the Side of your boxes, Not the Top

One of the best moving hacks is to mark both the top and side of your boxes. This not only helps the movers, but it makes it so much easier when you start unpacking. Having the side of the box labeled makes it easier to read what is in the boxes when they are stacked in the back of the truck.

6. Use Smaller Boxes

People often think “the bigger the box, the more you can pack in it.” But remember, the bigger the box, the harder it is to move. When packing you want all your stuff to be packed tightly in the box, so it arrives the way you packed it. By using smaller boxes, the

7. Pack Your Socks Into Your Shoes

Socks in general are easily lost, and an awkward thing to pack. An easy way to pack socks is to stick them in your shoes and boots. This way they won’t get lost in the move but will also help your shoes keep their shape.

8. Have a Cleaning Box

When moving into your new home, the first thing you will want to do is clean the house. By packing all your cleaning supplies in its own box, you will be able to find everything you need in one place.

9. Use a Color System

Color coding always makes the most complicated tasks, simpler. If you color code your boxes according to what room they go to, you can save yourself and the movers a lot of time and confusion. A great way to do this is by marking the corner of the box with a color. Then put a note in each room with the corresponding color of those boxes.

10. Keep Track of the Small Things

If you are taking apart your furniture, it is important that you don't lose any of the pieces, especially the small parts, like screws. An easy way to make keep track of the small parts is by putting the pieces in a Ziploc bag and taping it to the back of the furniture.

How to downsize before moving

Moving is never easy, especially when your move involves downsizing. Not only are you starting a new chapter in your life, but you also most likely have more stuff than you can take with you. No matter the reason when it comes to downsizing, you have to be smart about it. Here’s a simple guide to help you pack smart and help downsize before you move.

1. Make the biggest decisions first

Downsizing is never easy. But a good place to start is by going to each room and looking around at what you have. An easy way to help you decide what items you want to keep is by asking these simple questions. Always start with the larger items, like appliances. Does your new home come with a washer and dryer? If not, is it worth bringing yours with you, or should you buy new? Ask yourself the same question about your fridge. Does your new place have a fridge? If so, is it newer or nicer than yours? Is your fridge worth bringing to your new home?

The next thing you should think about is which large items hold significant value. For example, your mothers' dining room set. If so, would you be better off taking them with you, eventually passing them on to your kids, or are you better to sell them? You can sell them online or in person. Another thing to think about is what collectibles you have. Do you want to bring them with you, should you sell them? All these questions apply to everything in your home, including smaller items.

Another question to think about is - do you have the space for any other large items or valuable items. If so, are you able to take them? How much space will they need? These are difficult questions, particularly if you’re moving into a smaller place. If you’re moving into a smaller place, it makes it easier to know what you can take, but it still requires a lot of thought.

2. Organizing your four-pile system

When it comes to downsizing, you do not have to wait to know where you are moving to start pairing your stuff down. Whether you’re just starting to downsize or already are in the middle of it, you can always rely on an easy “four-pile” system to help make your move a lot smoother and downsizing a lot easier.

The “Four-pile” system is very simple. All you need to do is have a pile for items you want to giveaway, items for donations, items you want to sell, and items to throw away. The giveaway pile is for things you want to give to your friends or family, the donation pile is for anything that is in good shape but you or your friends can’t use. A lot of places take donations, like Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Your next pile is for the things you want to sell. If you feel that you do not have anything you want to sell, that is okay. Just because it is called the “four-pile” system, you do not have to have four piles. The last pile is for the stuff that cannot be revived, no matter how much we wish it would.

When you start making your piles, it is important to remember to pick separate areas or for each pile. When you come across belongings that you want to add to the piles, the best thing to do is to put them in whatever pile it goes in as you find them. It is a lot easier to organize the piles as you go instead of last minute.

3. Check the little spaces.

When downsizing, you often find things you forgot about in those rooms you don’t use often. Spaces like, your basement or attic, your garage, or a spare room. More common spots are the backs of our closets, or any kitchen cabinets you do not use often, linen closets, or bathroom cabinets or shelves.

If you decide to keep items that won’t fit inside your new home, make sure you have enough storage at your new place or consider renting a storage unit. Often, it’s easier to pare down further once you have a little time away from possessions and can tell what’s truly useful.

4. Downsize your furniture collection next.

Obviously, you’ll need furniture in your new home. The more important question is: What furniture will fit in your new home? It’s very important to measure your new home and your furniture to see what fits. Make sure you remember to measure the doorways. Just because your furniture fits inside your new place, sometimes getting it through the doorway is a little tricky.

Most likely you’ll have to sell some pieces of furniture. Your focus should be on what is furniture you need or what could replace it, rather than on what you’re losing.

For anything, you’re not keeping, instead of throwing it all away, try to rehome any extra pieces of furniture. Whether you offer them to friends and family, sell them, or even donate them. Rehoming your furniture is preferred. You can also put your unused furniture into a storage unit.

5. Go through bedrooms and living spaces one by one.

Once you’ve made all the hard decisions about larger items, it is time to do some thorough cleaning and sort out the furniture. The “biggest” challenge is to go through all your smaller belongings that decorate your home. The hardest part about downsizing isn’t deciding what you're keeping, but how to not get caught up in all the memories as you’re packing. For example, your kid’s artwork, or a little league jersey, etc. It can be hard to let go of these things, but the only thing that matters is the memories they carried with them. While downsizing is a terrifying idea, it is also an emotional time. Taking things little by little, and starting with the larger items, you’ll soon have a simple and pleasant new home.

Things to do to keep your kids busy during a move

Moving can be hard. Especially when you have younger kids. Sometimes the easiest option is to have a babysitter or a family member come over to entertain the kids. But there are times it just does not work out. So, if your kids are going to be with you while you’re moving, you will want to have some fun games or activities for them. This will help not only keep them entertained but will help you handle any last-minute details before you move. Here are some helpful and fun moving day ideas.

Moving can be tricky when you have younger children. When there’s a lot going on around you, it always helps when they have activities and things to do.