It’s finally here – moving day. You’ve gotten everything packed, the furniture have been taken apart and the van/truck/cars are set. Now what?
Whether you’re moving across the parking lot or across the country, moving day is nerve-wracking. There are so many things to worry about, so many last-minute details and just the excitement of going somewhere new can have you up all night the night before.
The best way to get a good night’s sleep (which you’ll sorely need) is to plan well ahead of the move, getting organized and downsizing as much as possible. There are few things you own that can’t be picked up when you’re settled. Besides – the less you have, the less you have to move. Remember the basic questions: do you want it, do you need it or do you love it ? If it doesn’t fit one of those categories, get rid of it.
Next, take time the morning of the move to breathe. It’s as simple as that – breathe. If you’ve done your planning and organizing, there’s not much more to do, so take time to sit, have a cup of your favorite warm beverage and survey your surroundings. This is the last time this space will be yours; don’t be in such a rush to move on that you fail to appreciate the days this was your space.
To make the transition as smooth as possible, remember:
- Have someone you trust to direct traffic in and out of the two places. The person in your old home should be good at coordinating the order in which things go out. Make sure there’s a list of every box and piece of furniture so you know who took which piece and where it went, in case something gets broken or goes missing.
- Hydrate. Make sure everyone is well hydrated. Moving is hot and sweaty, so providing plenty of water for everyone is essential.
- Load the cats, trucks and/or vans like you’re playing Tetris, but also load smart. Put the heaviest things on the bottom, lighter things on top. Is your using a can of truck, load the heaviest things in first so your things don’t shift while you’re driving.
- Take breaks. In a DIY move, you’re using friends and family, not pack mules. Be considerate of those helping and doing you a huge favor instead of enjoying the day at home, on the beach or on the trail. Schedule breaks every hour and a half. Provide drinks and snacks. Have a longer break a mealtime and provide lunch or dinner; many a move has been fueled by pizza.
- Avoid alcohol until the move is finished and the old place is completely clean.
- Have fun. Yes, the day can be stressful, but this is also the beginning a new adventure, even if you’re moving next door. There are so many new opportunities, so don’t waste a day you can spend with friends and family looking at the frustrations and bothers of a move. There’s more than enough humor to go around on the day.
Plan, organize and downsize. Your move will go more smoothly, your friends and family will appreciate it and your physical and mental health won’t suffer.