Packing up and moving to another city can be a task in itself. Ideally you should have started the removal process ages ago but between work and the daily hustle it just hasn’t gotten done. Now you are faced with the reality of how much packing you have ahead of you in order to move out by the end of the month. While it may seem overwhelming, it is definitely possible to pack up in 30 days; however it will take some diligence on your part. Here are a few tips to help you manage the moving process and make it out to your new destination alive!
Have a checklist – When you are in a rush to leave, that’s when you often forget the most important things (like the car keys!). By creating a checklist, you have peace pf mind in knowing that you have gotten all of the tiny details written down. Your checklist should include things like cancelling cable and internet utilities, renting a moving truck or updating your postal address. Grab a pen and paper and start writing down all the things that come to your mind and slowly keep updating this as you go along. When you are short on time you don’t have the luxury of casually packing up your items, you need to have a game plan to ensure that you use your time efficiently. This will ensure that you pack up all your items in time and move out by the specified time.
Get help – Moving is a big undertaking that cannot be done alone, take the time to ask for help. Gather your friends and neighbours and ask them to help out on the moving day. Whether it’s packing up the remaining items in your house or helping transport some of those items. It will take you a lot less time when you have a group of persons helping rather than attempting it on your own. Depending on your budget it may be worth investing in a professional moving company. They can help you remove fragile times and cut your moving time in half due to their range of experience.When time is of the essence sometimes you have to bite the bullet and ask for help.
Be organised –now I know this is hard to do when packing, but it is critical. There is nothing worse than last minute packing where you’re cramming all your stuff into random boxes with no sense of what goes where. Instead take the time to label and mark all your boxes correctly. Properly packing your belongings in organised piles makes it easier to unpack. Be sure to label the items that contain living essentials so that you can have those really available at your new location. Additionally be sure to make sure that boxes that containing fragile items are properly packed so as to reduce the likelihood of accidentally damaging during the moving process. Being organised during the moving process can help give you peace of mind in knowing that you have a sense of where things are. This can be hard when you have 30 days but an unorganised approach to packing can make you get unnecessarily stressed or even leave critical items out.
Start early–There is a tendency to procrastinate when it comes to packing and who can blame you? Just the thought of all the steps involved in the moving process can be insanely overwhelming. However the trick is to take it one step at a time. Start first by packing up the room with the smallest number of items. Get in the habit of packing a little bit every day; this allows you to ease into the process and get the momentum going. 30 days will go by quickly and packing often takes longer than it seems so get started right away.
Have a contingency fund –when moving there will be expenses that you can’t always plan for. Having a little extra cash can help you pay for those last minute rental charges or maybe the cost of tolls. Plan ahead by saving up some funds to be spent on those items. Additionally when you move into your new home it will take you a few weeks to get settled. That means you may be eating out a bit more than usual which means sending a few extra dollars on food. There is also the cost of driving to and from to run errands or move your items to the new place. Ensure that you set aside some funds for these unexpected expenses so that you are not strapped for cash when you make it to your final destination.
Get rid of excess junk – When you start packing you quickly uncover several items that don’t hold as much value as they used to. However departing with them can be difficult as you have grown so attached to them. It may be best to consider giving some of these items up for donation. If you have not used the item in a year it may be best to donate it or get rid of it. It saves you money by not moving of items you are not likely to use. Additionally it saves you the hassle of packing and unpacking unnecessary items. While it may seem difficult right now, it is the best choice in the long run.
Moving in 30 days is no easy task; it will take a lot of patience to see it through. However having a plan of attack can help you maximise the little time that you have available. Get started early and stark attacking each task one by one. It will be all done before you know it and you can get started on the next chapter of your life. Removals is not easy.