Moving is stressful, no doubt about it. There are a ton of decisions to make and tasks to complete. But there are ways to lighten your load. Here are a few moving tips from the pros to make your move a breeze:

Create a Schedule

You know you’re moving, so don’t put everything off until the last minute. Make a list of everything you need to do starting at least a month ahead of time. Your schedule should include when you need to cancel or transfer services and subscriptions (internet, cable, newspapers, pest control, etc.), when you need to donate items and get rid of things you no longer use, when you need to have everything packed and when you need to schedule any appointments, including the movers.

Use Colorful and Descriptive Labels

One of the best ways to stay organized, especially if friends or your kids are helping you move, is to use colorful labels on all of your boxes. Each room should have its own color (for example, green for the kitchen and blue for the master bathroom) so everyone who is helping you move knows where to take the boxes without you having to direct them. You also should describe the contents of the box so you don’t have to search through a sea of cardboard to find the soap or your child’s favorite stuffed animal.

Pack a Box of Essentials

The last thing you want to do after a long day of moving is open every box to try to find your pajamas, toothbrush, and a roll of toilet paper. This is why you have to pack a box of essentials items you’ll need that first night in your new place. Include toiletries, pajamas, clothes for the next day, and anything else you need to feel comfortable in your new home. Also be sure to pack any essentials for your kids, including their favorite stuffed animal or favorite book to help them feel at home. You also should be sure that this box is the last thing loaded onto the truck so it is easily accessible.

Follow General Packing Rules and Creative Hacks

Have a Backup Plan

It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. Friends and family can be flaky and forgetful or have an emergency at the last minute. Just in case this happens, know what you’re going to do so you’re not stuck with a house full of boxes and no way to move them.

Moving is stressful, exciting, exhausting, and chaotic. With a little planning and some expert tips, your move will go smoothly and you’ll be able to enjoy your new home.

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