You’ve got a lot on your plate. Between wrapping breakables, packing boxes, and organizing chaos, you’re keeping it together at the moment—but that might end at any time.
Don’t worry though; you’re not going insane. Take a deep breath, and realize that things will settle down quickly; you just have to get through the next few days. We understand, because we’ve helped countless Seattle residents just like you move over the years, and—if we might say so ourselves—we’re really good at what we do.
We want to help you get through your next Seattle move with as little stress as possible, and one question we’re asked by more panic-stricken, wide-eyed customers than any other is, “How can I make my next move easier?” As a result, we felt it’s important to pool our knowledge and list the top 5 ways you can beat stress and experience the smoothest move possible.
Tip #1: Understand the Scope of Your Move
Nothing can cause panic quite like the sudden realization that you’re way, way behind schedule with your move. You imagine making hasty, poorly thought-out decisions, and the additional stress they’ll cause. You definitely won’t look forward to the long, sleepless nights, and caffeine-fueled days. But did you know that the number one way to avoid this is by gaining a full understanding of what it’s going to take for you to move?
Think of it this way: Even if you’re just moving a small one-bedroom apartment, it can take 6-8 hours of preparation before you even place one item onto a moving truck. While this may sound like a lot of time, are you considering things such as how long it takes to wrap dishes and glasses; to organize all the little odds and ends you’ll find hidden in drawers; to pack the stacks of books and magazines you have laying around; or the countless other little things?
So what’s the bottom line? Don’t procrastinate, and get going now.
Which leads us to the next tip…
Tip #2: Plan Ahead
Now that you know the scope of your move, you can begin to plan how you’re going to tackle it. If you’re good at making To Do lists, go ahead and work one up. If you’re not – well, it’s time to learn. When you can see what needs to be accomplished in a neat, ordered format, you can check off items as they’re completed, and keep your motivation up in the process.
Here are a few additional ideas to keep you ahead of the game:
- Label boxes as soon as you pack them. Otherwise, it’s easy to quickly forget what’s inside.
- Make sure that you set aside some clothes and toiletries. This way, you can pack overnight bags for everyone in the family, without having to re-purchase anything.
- Keep a box of plastic baggies on hand to put small items in (e.g. assembly screws, nuts, washers, etc.).
- If you’re going to use a professional moving company like Movable, be sure to make reservations as far in advance as possible. Movers often become booked quickly, especially during the warmer months.
- For easy setup in your new home, be sure to take pictures of wires and connections for your electronic devices.
- Defrost your refrigerator at least 24 hours in advance.
Tip #3: Keep What You Need, Get Rid of What You Don’t
Moving can present a great time to (mostly) rid your life of clutter. Instead of hastily shoving everything you can into several dozen boxes, plan (see Tip #1) to spend a little extra time sorting between items that you’d like to keep, and those that you’re willing to part with.
What’s more, you can earn a tax deduction by donating items you no longer use, which may even help offset some of your moving costs. In addition, you’ll be making a positive impact in someone else’s life, instead of letting unwanted items collect dust or clutter up your life.
Tip #4: Don’t Skimp on the Supplies
When moving, a good rule of thumb that you should double the amount of boxes you think you’ll need, and triple the amount of tape. But remember, by following the previous step, you can greatly cut down on the amount of moving supplies you’ll need, as well as the associated costs.
With this in mind, if you really think about it, one of the biggest benefits of choosing Movable as your moving company is that all supplies, including boxes, tape, blankets, dollies, and more, are included in your single low price. This takes one more thing off your plate, and moves you one step closer to experiencing a stress-free move.
Tip #5: Let Movable Do All the Heavy Lifting
Not only can the professionals at Movable help you pack, we can also help you save stress (and money) by getting all your boxes and furniture into the truck, and into your new home. If you’ve self-moved before, you’ll be amazed at how easy we can make the whole process. If you’ve never self-moved before, well; you can thank us later.
Looking for a Seattle Mover to Help Reduce Your Stress Levels?
Now that you know how to make your next move as stress-free as possible, why not take it one step further and contact the professionals at Movable? Get in touch today for an upfront estimate at (206) 466-7710 or firstname.lastname@example.org.