Look, let’s not pretend there is an easy, no-hassle way to move. I know from experience of over 50+ moves that no matter how often you do it, no matter how much experience you have, moving is going to be a hassle. There’s just no way around that. However, that’s not to say that you can’t learn a thing or two from an old hand at the moving game. While I’m by no means the perfect mover (and often even find myself guilty of not following all of this advice as much as I should), these experiences have helped me learn a few pieces of advice that can help anyone at least make their move a little bit easier.
Tip #1: Double the amount of time you think it will take. No matter how experienced you are moving, for some reason the process always takes longer than you think it will. Don’t think you’ll get faster, just decide how much time you need to start packing early and then double that number.
Tip #2: Get rid of what you don’t need. I understand there are some things you want to hold onto: your absolute favorite books, a comforting quilt, etc. However, are you really going to fit into those 20 pairs of old jeans again? Are you really going to re-read all of those books, or just a very few? Be honest and donate, give away, or sell what you do not need.
Not only does this make moving easier but you will find yourself feeling lighter, happier, and it’s hard not to enjoy the surprise and appreciation you get from others.
Tip #3: Create a packing plan. Don’t pack haphazardly. Have items you need quickly all packed together and in boxes that you can access quickly after moving. Mark your containers so kitchen supplies go in the kitchen, bedroom supplies go straight to the bedroom, etc. Having a plan and clearly marking your boxes or crates will make moving now (and in the future) far easier, as well as unpacking.
Tip #4: Keep a couple duffle bags with you at all times. Your most important items should not ever leave your actual presence. Passports, social security cards, birth certificates, emergency clothing, cash for emergencies, and anything that falls into these categories should be put into duffle bags that stay with you.
In the same way you use carry on bags to make sure you have the most important things with you if the airport loses your luggage, you want to do this every single time you move. This way you have some degree of control or silver lining if something goes wrong during a move.
Following these four tips goes a long way towards helping make any move much easier than it would otherwise be.