Follow These 7 Steps for a Better Move

Moving can be a cause for a lot of stress, especially if your move is not organized. A stress-free move is virtually impossible, but you can eliminate some stress by carefully planning every step of your move. The following are seven tips you can use to make your move better:

1. Create a Moving Binder

Creating a moving binder will keep your move as organized as possible. Designate one tab for each item on your list, including utilities, home buying or selling documents, receipts, moving company, home inventory, and schedules. This binder will make sure nothing gets left undone or misplaced.

2. Clean Clutter before You Pack

One problem many homeowners have is too much clutter. Sort through your items to make sure your new home is clutter-free from the moment you move in. Decluttering does not have to be difficult; it is just a matter of figuring out what to throw away, donate, or keep. Doing this as soon as you find out your moving will make your move much easier.

Pack non-essentials, like seasonal toys, well in advance to prevent last minute chaos.
Pack non-essentials, like seasonal toys, well in advance to prevent last minute chaos.

3. Pack the Non-Essentials

Packing at the last minute can be cause for chaos. Décor, out-of-season clothing, extra dishes, and anything else you can live without for a few months can be packed up into boxes as soon as you can. Just be sure to pack bulky items in the smallest boxes possible. Lighter items can go into larger boxes. You also want to create a system for labeling and numbering boxes and then write what is in each box on your master list. This list should be placed into your binder for easy reference.

4. Plan the Actual Move

If you are like most people, you do not own a truck large enough to move all of your stuff at one time. In this case, you need to decide whether you are going to rent a moving truck or to hire a mover to do the actual moving for you. Either way, this needs to be done at least three to four weeks before your moving date. Reservations are a must in the moving industry.

5. Cleaning Schedule

The last thing you want is to move to a home that has not been thoroughly cleaned. Schedule a cleaning service to come in at least a week before the actual move. You can also schedule them to come into your old home when your things are gone to give it a thorough cleaning for the new owners. Remember, using an organic cleaning service is one way you can go green during your move!

Schedule a cleaning service so cleaning the house is one less thing on your to-do list.
Schedule a cleaning service so cleaning the house is one less thing on your to-do list.

6. Research the New Area

Researching where you are moving to is a must. Find out ahead of time where all of the things you will need are, including gas stations, grocery stores, schools, and coffee shops. Knowing these things ahead of time will help you to keep the stress down.

7. Pack a First-Day Box

A day or two before you move, pack a box or two of everything you will need when you first arrive. This first-day kit might include personal necessities, sheets for the bed, a coffee pot, and a few snacks. If you have children, be sure to pack a box of toys they cannot live without their first day in their new home.

Ideas to Make Your Move and Home More Eco-Friendly

With a few small changes, everyone can help the environment. Moving to a new home is a great way to sort through and recycle items you no longer need. Taking a moment to consider how you pack and transport your things can help you jump start your way to more eco-friendly home. Check out these tips for a smooth and “greener” move.

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1.Use Reusable Packaging

When you think of moving, the first thing that comes to mind is likely a bunch of cardboard boxes. While they are recyclable, the average two bedroom home requires at least 60 boxes to move. To help cut this number down, seek out used boxes. Depending on their quality, most boxes can be used 3-5 times. You can even find them for free if you go to the right places.

To cut out cardboard all together, opt for recycled plastic storage bins. These babies can be used up to 400 times. Ask around to see if friends and family have some extra ones they can lend you. If you’re working with a moving company, ask them if they offer rental bins. Often, this option can be more cost effective than buying new boxes.

Get smart with the materials you already have. Instead of using bubble wrap and messy packaging peanuts, wrap your belongings in towels and blankets. Newspaper and egg cartons work great for smaller fragile items. If you can’t go without your traditional moving materials, seek out specially marked biodegradable bubble wrap and packaging paper. Just make sure you properly dispose of them afterward.

2.Eco-friendly Transportation

This tip goes hand in hand with a green move. Since environmental issues have become greater, many industries are working towards a zero emissions approach. Moving companies (like us!) now offer rental trucks that run on cleaner bio-diesel fuels, and sometimes you can even rent similar options if you choose to do the move yourself.

Find ways to lighten the overall load. Figure out what your necessities are, and donate the rest; because not only will you be able to fit everything into one truck, you’ll find yourself making fewer trips.

3.New Home, New Habits

Moving is a great opportunity to assess how you’ve been living, and what changes can be done to do your part in helping the environment. Hundreds of tips are available such as:

  • Turn off water when you’re brushing your teeth
  • Invest in energy saving appliances
  • Open windows to allow sunlight to naturally warm rooms
  • Cuddle up in a cozy blanket instead of using heat
  • Replace your regular light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL)

It only takes about 21 days for new habits to become routine, and you’ll be able to pass down these habits to your family and friends.

Going green is a lot simpler than you may think. With a couple of changes here and there, you’ll easily be on your way to an eco-friendly move and overall better environment. In doing so you’ll feel great, and Mother Earth will too.

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