7 tips for stress-free moving and storage

Moving is stressful, but when you have a plan, the process goes much more smoothly. As soon as you know you’re going to move, you’ll want to start building a checklist and getting your things in order.

Here are seven tips to help your next move go well:

1. Make a moving checklist

Before you do anything, create a master list of everything that needs to be done. Depending on your preferred organizational style, this may take the form of an actual list, a wall calendar, a spreadsheet or even a productivity app. Use whatever works best for you.

The New York Times recommended starting your moving checklist two months before the actual move date. At two months out, you’ll want to decide if you’ll hire a moving company or if you’ll handle the heavy lifting yourself. From there, take it week by week. This will help you avoid getting overwhelmed or falling behind schedule.

2. Rent a self-storage unit

There are a few key ways you can utilize a storage unit during your move. For instance, if you need to stage your home to entice would-be buyers, you may want to move some of your belongings to a public storage unit to reduce disorder.

A storage unit is also a good place to keep your big items while you’re waiting to move into your new home. During this process, you may find it’s easier to keep seasonal clothing and tools in storage when not in use. This is a good way to stop clutter in your new house before it can take hold.

A self storage solution can make moving much less stressful.A self storage solution can make moving much less stressful.

3. Get packing supplies

If it’s been a long time since your last move, you may not have an abundance of moving and packing supplies. This means a trip to your local SecurCare Self Storage is in order!

Livability recommended getting several sizes of cardboard boxes, including some with built-in dividers for fragile items such as bottles, glassware and decorative items. You’ll also need plastic wrap, packing tape and foam wrap for glass items and electronics. Gloves, scissors and markers are other must-have supplies.

4. Get some help

Packing is hard work, but it’s a lot easier – and more fun – with the help of your friends. Of course, not everyone will be willing to help. But, enlist your friends with the promise of pizza and a cold drink. And, always return the favor when called upon.

Even if you have many strong friends, hiring a professional moving company is still a good idea to consider. Professional movers have their own equipment and lots of experience getting heavy objects up and down flights of stairs.

5. Pack an overnight bag

As it gets closer to moving day, pack an overnight bag with all of your toiletries and a few changes of clothing. On your last night in your home, this bag will contain everything you need before the big day. Plus, it will come in handy if you get to your new home without time to unpack.

Donating your items may get you a tax break from the federal government!Donating your items may get you a tax break from the federal government!

6. Make a donation pile

Not everything you own needs to come with you. Moving is an excellent time to consolidate your belongings and donate anything that you no longer use. According to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you may qualify for a tax break if you donate to a qualified organization. A quick search online will tell you which local organizations meet the IRS’s requirements.

Take photos of everything you donate and always ask for a receipt when dropping off your items.

7. Label everything

Every box you pack should be clearly labeled. You don’t want to end up searching through piles of boxes just to find your bath towels on the day you move in. While you don’t need to itemize every box, labeling each with its designated room will prevent unnecessary confusion later.

Moving is hard work! Don’t forget to rest and drink lots of water. Contact SecurCare Self Storage to learn more about how a storage unit can make your move easier!