Moving Day Tips

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General Moving

When it comes time to move, people are often consumed with the many tasks they need to accomplish to get to their new home.  The lists, the planning, and the packing can be daunting.  However, some people forget that come moving day, you will have much to do.  In all the preparation leading up to the big day, some people find themselves ill-equipped when they actually leave to go to their new destination.  Don’t find yourself caught off guard.  Here are some helpful hints to have your moving day run smoothly.

Get some sleep!  The night before moving day, you will probably excited and anxious.  You may find yourself running through lists, making sure you didn’t forget anything.  You may even be working to get a few things packed up or cleaned.  However, you will thank yourself on moving day if you made sure to get some rest the night before. However, you will be better served come moving day if you are well rested.  You will be able to think more clearly and will probably have more patience if you aren’t crabby.  It can be hard to settle down the night before, but take a few deep breaths and quiet your mind.  You can do a final run through of your check lists in the morning before the movers arrive or before you lock the door for the last time.  Do not underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.

Dress for success is usually not associated with moving, however the phrase will serve you well come moving day.  Even if you have hired a moving company to do all the packing and physical labor, you still should make sure that you’re comfortable and are wearing clothes that can get dirty.  You might be doing some cleaning, as well as some rearranging of boxes or furniture.  Being in loose clothes and gym shoes will help you feel comfortable, especially since you’ll be on your feet most of the day.  You will be happy in comfortable clothes since you’ll be running around quite a bit on moving day.

Before you leave your old home, you will want to do a final walk through.  Look through each room, making sure to check closets and cabinets.  You will want to make sure nothing is accidentally left behind.  It also can be a nice way to say goodbye to your old home.  If you like, you can take photos of your old home to have.  A nice family photo can be taken outside in front of the house to help commemorate all the wonderful memories you had there.

In the midst of helping movers and traveling, it can be easy to forget about yourself.  It is important to remember to step away at times and get something to eat and drink.  You will need  energy to deal with the emotions that are bound to come up with moving, as well as the physical demands of getting your house set up.  You should keep water and snacks on hand to have throughout the day.  It can be a good idea to go out to dinner or order in some food.  Your kitchen probably won’t be functioning quite yet on moving day.  It can also be nice to step away from the boxes and have someone serve or deliver you a hot meal.

Remember that not everything has to be unpacked that first day.  It can be overwhelming getting to your new home to find yourself trapped in a sea of boxes.  And while everyone wishes they could just snap their fingers and have everything put away, that is simply not possible.  There are some essentials you will want to get done.  Having beds made and ready to go, having at least one area to sit and relax, and at least one bathroom stocked with soap and toilet paper are important first steps.  However you don’t need to have every picture hung.  It’s ok to take your time and leisurely unpack.  When you get tired, take a break or go to bed.

While it’s easier said than done, if you can remain calm in the chaos of moving day you might find yourself enjoying your adventure.  Patience is probably the most important weapon you will have in your arsenal come moving day.  Things might come up or not go according to plan, but that is alright.  Do your best to remain focused on the exciting adventure that is before you and enjoy the process of getting to your new home.

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