I was thinking the other day, “I’ve never heard anyone say ‘I LOVE moving!!!'” I mean, really! Have YOU ever heard someone say that?
However, from the three times I’ve moved in my adult life, I’ve gleaned a little bit of information on the process. For instance, I don’t think I will EVER move again without hiring professional movers. I just won’t do it. And now that our last “moving” escapade is behind us, I thought it would be a great time to share some tips with everyone! Even though moving is often seen as an ordeal, especially if you have to pack a house full of stuff that you’ve acquired over the years, it need not be as exhausting and nerve-wracking as you imagine. It’s really all about how organized you are!
The secret to reducing stress and making the move go as smoothly as possible is to dispense with the idea of rugged individualism and ask for help. The more help you can get, the easier it will be to move. Usually, the best type of help available is hiring professional movers like North American Van Lines who can manage the logistics of packing, loading, transportation, and unpacking for you. While a do-it-yourself approach is often seen as cheaper, when you consider the cost of your labor, getting everything organized, and driving a large truck across hundreds of miles, will probably prove much more cost-effective in the long run. Moreover, working with experienced movers who have all the right equipment (like a 2 wheel dolly) will make everything go more smoothly.
Once you’ve made your big move, you’ll be able to settle into your new house quickly–if you do it in an organized and methodical way.
Here are some tips on finishing unpacking, settling in, getting to know the community, and planning that perfect housewarming party:
Once you’ve moved in you’ll probably feel a little tired and overwhelmed by all the changes you’re going through at a rapid rate. You may also feel a little anxious about how to unpack and settle in because there appears to be so much that needs to be done at once.
Here are three steps to take to get moved in the quickest and most effective way possible:
- First, secure your home by changing the locks, the batteries in the smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector, and checking the windows. If you plan on installing or activating a home security system, now is a great time to go ahead and contact your chosen company to come out and get that process going, as well.
- Second, clean your new home before you unpack as you will have a lot of open spaces to work with. While the home has probably been cleaned before you moved in, it’s always a good idea to do it yourself; too, just in case something was overlooked. Plus, you never know what kind of chemicals may have been used – you’ll feel better if you use your own methods!
- Third, unpack the most important rooms first—the bathrooms, kitchen, and bedrooms. This will help you get back to your normal routine fast. Then finish the rest of the house, like the dining room, living room, and any other rooms or hallways.
2. Settling in
While unpacking was all about getting things sorted out as quickly as possible, settling in is about making your new home comfortable. The best way to approach straightening the house is working with a checklist on everything you want to get done.
Usually, there are two ways people go about straightening out a house:
- They walk into a room and do whatever they notice that needs to be done. While this is an intuitive or reflexive way of straightening out, it’s easy to get distracted or to start procrastinating.
- Another alternative is to move through the room in a clockwise direction, put everything that’s out of place in a large box, and then, once the room is clutter free, pick out the things you’ve dumped into the box and put them in their proper place.
3. Connecting with your new community
After you’ve settled in, it’s time to get to explore the neighborhood and get to know the community. This might involve finding your place of worship, reaching out to your neighbors, visiting schools, locating your grocery stores and joining local organizations.
4. Planning the perfect housewarming party
Before you plan the party, it’s a good idea to have a day or two of rest so that you can approach your housewarming party with zest. Do something relaxing: get a massage, go to a spa, walk around the park, or see a movie.
Once you’ve got your pep back, make a guest list, pick a date, and send invitations. Choose simple dishes to serve or consider catering. Also, make things as easy as possible on yourself—for instance, use ready-made invitation cards or social media, pick simple décor, and use paper plates and plastic cutlery. The most common time-frame for housewarming parties is within three weeks after you move in.
Like I said at the beginning, the easiest way to move into your new home is to work with professional movers. At your new home, unpack and settle in, get to know the community, and celebrate with a house party. Keep in mind that, if you’re unpacking your home with the goal of showing it off at a party in just a few weeks, you will be able to stay on track and motivated to complete the process!
What’s YOUR best moving tip?
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