While Macon Moves will gladly pack your items for you, you can save yourself some cash by following these few simple tips!
1. Start Early
Think of the materials you’ll need – boxes, paper/cloths/peanuts used to keep breakables safe, markers for labeling, packing tape, etc. Plot out how you will pack and organize your things. Packing things up according to rooms is a great way to organize. Box and label. No matter how big or small of a place you have, it always seems to take longer than you think. So give yourself time and invite a friend or two to help! Crank the music and get started. As you begin packing and organizing, you’ll probably run across things you haven’t used in a year (or five). If you can let go of these things, you just have that much less to pack and carry! Moving is a great time to purge.
2. Create a Checklist and Timeline
In the beginning stages, creating a checklist and timeline will help keep you organized through the process. You can list "Hire Macon Moves" and even include each room and the goal for when you want it to be packed by. Setting up a timeline will help you maintain some sanity as you go.
Here are a few things you don’t want to forget on your list: Call the electric, gas, internet, phone, satellite/cable companies to switch your address. You don’t want to be without electricity at your new place or continue to receive a bill at your old residence. These aren’t difficult things to do but they are easily lost in the shuffle. Write them down on your “to do” list. In addition to those changes, make sure you call any other important companies to let them know about your change of address – Post Office, magazines/newspapers, insurance companies, and anything else you can think of. Fill in the blank! Or, if that sounds too time consuming or complicated, checkout Updater.com. They offer a service that changes your address and updates any subscription services you have with your new address.
3. Survival Kit!
Last, but not least, make sure you pack a survival kit for your first week at your new place. Unless you are superhuman, you probably won’t unpack all your things the very day you move in. So pack a couple suitcases or boxes of everything you’ll need during those first few days – daily vitamins, a pillow, blankets, clothes, phone charger, laptop, alarm clock, toiletries, silverware, plate, glass, and snacks (unless you plan to eat out until you unpack kitchen items!). I’m sure you can add to this “necessities” list! Everyone has their own specific list of needs.
1. Take a Break
Most people move in the summer. This means you’ve probably just finished a long hot day and you’re completely beat. Treat yourself by finding your first favorite restaurant in your new town. If it’s meal time, have a quick meal out of the house, or if not, have a coffee or a treat. The boxes will be there when you get back and taking an hour to relax a bit will make all the difference as you start to tackle them.
2. Don’t Obsess
It isn’t hard to get caught up in the details. “If I put the coffee pot here that doesn’t leave me any room for the blender.” The goal is to get your stuff out of the boxes and get the boxes out of the house. Not to spend hours agonizing over whether this should be the silverware drawer or the dish towel drawer. Give yourself a week actually using your rooms, learning the feel of the place and your new preferences. Then decide on the final spots for your gadgets and knick knacks.
3. Arrange Furniture First
It’s easy to clear a room of boxes, or at least most of the boxes, so that you can visualize the space and what you want to put where. This also gives you the freedom to try out several options in a room before making a final decision. If you need to purchase furniture for a room, try to unpack as little as possible in that room until the new furniture has arrived.
4. Pack & Essentials Box
Most people will tell you to have an essentials box. It’s the box of stuff that gets packed and loaded last and then unloaded and unpacked first. Be sure to keep your eye on this box and head for it first. You’ll instantly feel better with your toothbrush set out and clothes for the next few days put away. But there are more essentials than just the essentials box. Don’t leave your bed until right before you’re ready to crash for the day. Put it together early in the process and get the linens put out. Then, getting to sleep doesn’t mean one more thing you have to do. The kitchen and bathrooms are also essential rooms. Have an “essentials” box for each room so that breakfast is easy in the morning and you’re not scrambling for towels the next day.
Just like you did with packing, you can set yourself daily goals. Try to unpack a few boxes every day. If you find that some boxes are sitting around after a few weeks, consider whether you really need whatever is in them. Have patience with yourself as well. Moving day is the big day, but the work doesn’t end there. No need to stress out about the amount of work, remember to enjoy your new surroundings a little as well!