Summer is the season for barbecues, pool parties, vacations and relaxing in the sun. But for many of us, summer is also the time for something more stressful…moving.
Since June through August is “peak season” for movers, availability can be scarce, and more expensive. So if you’re out of luck finding movers, or just planning to do the work yourself, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tips to help make your move go more smoothly.
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- Measure BEFORE you move! You don’t want to be hauling your couch up a flight of stairs only to discover it doesn’t fit through a door. Try removing sofa legs or feet to clear tight spots.
- Consolidate your closet. A move (especially between cities or to a smaller apartment) is the perfect opportunity to clean out clothes or items that haven’t been used. A good rule of thumb: if you haven’t used it since you moved in, it’s time to give it to charity.
- Unless you’re moving across the hall or within the building, don’t save open spices, lotions or oils. One will always spill and end up all over EVERYTHING. Donate to a food pantry or your old roommate instead.
Moving the Family?
- Mark boxes for each family member. Resist the urge to consolidate. A half-empty box packed for one room is better than a full box destined for three rooms.
- Remember LIFO (Last In, First Out)! Pack beds and an overnight essentials box last so you can move them in first. Include some favorite toys or books for the little ones to keep them busy, entertained and safely out of the way.
- Pack all of the snacks…and the number for the nearest pizza place. Take it from us, the moment the kids open the new (and empty) fridge to look for food is NOT the time to start planning dinner. Have their favorite treats on hand and make the pizza order before you begin unpacking.
Other Tips and Tricks
- Don’t be afraid to get nerdy. Number your boxes and keep track of which box has what in your own spreadsheet (bonus points for color coding!).
- Trash bags make perfect (and cheap) garment bags. Keep clothes on hangers and cover with garbage bags (poke a hole in the bottom of the bag to pull the hanger through). You’ll feel on top of the world when you take the bag off and hang your clothes right up. Save the bag. You’ll need several before the day is over.
- Take advantage of a bare closet. A new closet is a blank canvas! Treat yourself to the closet you’ve always wanted. After packing and moving all of those boxes, you deserve it!
Good luck with your exciting move! We hope these tips will lessen the stress. For all of your storage and organization needs in your new home, be sure to check out ClosetMaid.com, and all of our channels for inspiration and ideas: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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