When children move out and we are on your own again, many empty nesters consider the possibility of moving to a new home.
School districts are no longer a concern. You may be retired and have less need to be on the commuter corridor, and with only you and your partner at home, it may even make more sense to move to a smaller, cozier house.
Whatever the reason, moving houses is something you might opt to do when you reach this stage in your life, and while moving can be an exciting prospect, it’s also a lot of work. It’s important to reduce moving stress and make moving to a new home a pleasant experience.
It can be a lot to have to deal with, especially if it’s been many years since the last time you moved.
Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to make your moving experience simpler, easier, and less worrisome.
Make a checklist.
One of the first things .you can do is organize yourself by making a checklist of all the things you’ll have to do to complete your move, everything from packing, to switching over your utilities, to putting in a mail forwarding request at the post office.
Once the actual packing and moving starts, unexpected snafus and mixups are sure to happen.
The more time you’ve taken beforehand to identify and plan out the things you know you’re going to have to deal with, the easier it will be to take on the challenging surprises.
There’s a lot you can do to make packing up and moving your belongings easier.
- Get free boxes at grocery and liquor stores, or repurpose things like suitcases, bins, and drawers that you already have to save on costs and materials.
- Use soft items like clothing, blankets, and towels to wrap fragile items instead of spending money on bubble wrap.
- For heavier items like books, put them in smaller boxes that will be easier to handle and lift.
The more you label your boxes, the better the chance everything will end up where it’s supposed to go.
Color coded labels, a numbering system, and labeling boxes with not just their contents but also the room where they’re supposed to end up can all help you avoid misplacing things and having to search through your new house for the things you need.
Move essentials first.
Before you start hauling everything over, set up your new home with kitchen and bathroom items that will help you feel comfortable and able to take care of yourself.
Keep some cleaning supplies and food on hand, and set up a space where you can sit or lie down, and pack a personal bag with the clothes and belongings you’d bring on an overnight trip.
One of the best ways to make your move go quickly and painlessly is to hire experienced residential movers.
A licensed, insured, and well-reviewed company will move your belongings far faster and more efficiently than you’d be able to do it yourself, and when you factor in the cost of things you’d have to pay for yourself if you moved on your own. It can be a smart, financial decision too.
Let things go.
The days leading up to a move are a great time to get rid of all the clutter, junk, and unwanted items that have been filling your house for years.
Rent a dumpster or schedule a donation pickup service and start saying goodbye to all the things that you can leave behind.
Old furniture, outdated clothes, books you’ve read, kitchen appliances you never use — all of these things are better off getting thrown out or donated to people who can use them instead of filling up your new home.
- Take pictures of the condition of your new home before you move in. Include pictures of the valuables and important papers in your old home in case they get lost or damaged.
- Take pictures of how the cables are set up on your entertainment and computer systems, to use as a reference when setting electronic systems back up in your new home.
- Take pictures of any furniture that you’re going to have to disassemble and put back together. You never know what visual reminders might come in handy once you’ve started moving.
Moving always comes with a set of difficulties and challenges, but if you take the time to prepare and plan beforehand, you can get through it with ease and start fresh in the next phase of your life and start making new memories in a new house that’s all your own.