Congratulations, you bought a new house! Whether you’re moving from an apartment, a large home to a smaller one, or vice versa, the process of taking inventory of all your belongings, packing them up, and moving can feel overwhelming. But with a little careful planning and organization, you can instead feel prepared for your big move.
Take it room by room
It may be tempting to work a little at a time throughout the house, but this can prolong the process and take away that all important feeling of finishing a task at a time. Instead, break down the work by room — go through each to sort, purge, and pack every belonging.
One idea we love? Set a daily box quota, so you won’t get overwhelmed by endless packing.
Do your research
Start requesting estimates from moving companies, particularly if you’re moving to a new state. Read reviews carefully and poll your network for referrals.
Create a timeline
Remember, it’s not simply your possessions you’re moving — it’s your entire life, from school districts to electricity supply. Create a checklist and timeline of when everything needs to get done in the weeks leading up to and following your move. Consider things like when to schedule cable and internet installation, when to transfer utility services and school records, when to submit a change of address, and other necessities that keep life rolling as normal.
Visualize your new life
It’s normal to get sentimental about a home before you move, no matter how much the small kitchen drives you crazy. To help yourself let go, do things like create a Pinterest board for decorating, organizing, or even restaurants in your new neighborhood. Do some online browsing, and even purchase a few new items for your new home. Finally, preserve some memories too — whether that means taking a small piece of the home with you or taking one last family photo before you leave.
Don’t leave cleaning until the last minute
Anyone who’s ever had to return to an apartment to avoid a cleaning fee knows the pain of leaving all the cleaning for the last minute. Of course, there are some unavoidable cleaning tasks you’ll want to take care of once your old home is cleared out, but there are plenty of items that can be taken care of ahead of time too. Add items like cleaning the oven, the bathtub, the baseboards, and the windows to your timeline so all that’s necessary on the last day is a quick wipe-down.
Separate valuables and immediate need items
Important items like passports, medications, and financial information should be set aside with valuables like jewelry and art to go with you and not the moving truck. Also important? Have each member of your household pack a box to take with them and unpack first, filled with clothes and pajamas, toiletries, and items like school backpacks, work laptops, and other daily needed items. It’ll help make the first night go much easier and avoid the search across boxes for the things you need at the end of what is sure to be a long day.