When it comes to moving and packing, things can seem very overwhelming but we are here to help! We wanted to compile a list of tips & tricks to help you guys make your moves as seamless as possible!
Start earlier than you think you need too.
As soon as you know your moving date, start packing away a box or two a day of things that you know you won’t need or use between now and then. Things like extra bedding, the crockpot you use bi-annually, books and decor, the types of things you know you’ll be ok without. That way, when moving day gets closer, you won’t feel as overwhelmed by the amount left to pack!
Pack an “open first essentials” box!
Use a clear bin if possible, and pack it into a car rather than a truck so that its easily accessible when you arrive at your new place. Fill this box with:
- Hand soap
- Toilet paper
- Paper towel
- Multi-purpose/ disinfecting wipes
- All-purpose cleaner
- Trash bags
- Corkscrew/ bottle opener (to celebrate the first night, duh!)
- Paper plates & napkins for the inevitable pizza dinner
- “Keep busy” toys for kiddos
Pack an overnight bag for you & your family.
Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes, toiletries, phone chargers, any medications you may need, your wallet, etc.
Make a good night’s sleep your top priority!
Be sure to put together and make your beds. The rest of the bedroom unpacking can wait, but a good night’s sleep will set you up well for the next day! Moving is exhausting, and what is better than sleeping in your own comfy bed?
Next, the kitchen.
Unpacking the kitchen will help you settle in nicely and allow you to start cooking meals in your new home. Remember, how you unpack is not set in stone, but give it some thought! Glasses, cutlery, and dishes near the dishwasher, mugs near the coffee maker, etc.
Lastly, don’t stress!
We know it is easier said than done, but do not worry if you don’t get every box unpacked right away! It can take weeks or even months to fully settle into a new home! Enjoy your new space, and remember it is ok to take your time organizing and unpacking. (For some organizing tips, click here.)Unpacking is also a great time to purge things you may have forgotten about or things you no longer have space for or want to make space for.
Oh, one last thing!
Remember to change your address! This includes Canada Post mail forwarding, ICBC, driver’s license, your doctor’s office, banks, service providers, schools, and places of work.
We hope this helps! Let us know if you have any tips or tricks that helped you get through your move!