According to the US Census that was taken in 2012-2013, 35.9 million people moved to a new residence. Now I don’t know about you, but that is a lot of people moving. This got me thinking about all the moves I have made in my lifetime. The first was from my childhood home to the present town that I live. I believe that this was the longest move I ever had, and it was only an hour and a half away. Then there was the move when I married my husband. A few years later, we moved from one house to another house that was right next door. You would think that this would have been the easiest of the moves, but in fact, it was the hardest. I was eight months pregnant with Mikaela, my middle daughter, and my husband had a broken collarbone. Then we moved again when I was few months pregnant with Gracie and finally in 2008 we moved to where we live now.
I have so many friends that move every three to four years because they are military that got me thinking about tips to help make moving easier. So here they are.
1. Get rid of the clutter. Look at moving as a way to downsize. Get rid of as much as possible so you can have that extra cash to decorate your new place.
2. Check and see if you can use your move as a tax deduction. This is especially true if your move is related to changing jobs.
3. Have each family members pack a suitcase like they are preparing to take a two-week vacation. That way if something happens you will, at least, have clean underwear. 🙂
4. Label boxes. And if you run out of time trying to label boxes, consider this tip, buy different colors of tape. Assign each room in your house a color, and as you are packing a box, slap the right color of tape on it for the room you are packing. This is a lot easier than having to write on and label every box.[Tweet “Instead of labeling boxes, assign room a color of tape and slap a piece of tape on it.”]
5.Get a professional moving company like the Bay Area moving company. It may cost a little more but in the end, it will save your sanity.
Moving and packing can be stressful but the quicker you get your new place unpacked, the more your new house will feel like home. So those are top 5 tips for moving. Do you have any more to share?
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