Moving day is traditionally such a hectic and emotionally charged experience that there are even reality TV shows about it.
Does it have to be that way? Is it possible to ensure that moving day goes smoothly?
Picking a good moving company, or making similar arrangements to transport your belongings, is the obvious place to start. But here are some other tips you might not have considered:
Put pets in a kennel for the day. Pets may get excited by all the activity and tend to get in the way, or may hide where you can’t find them.
Have healthy snacks available. Vegetables, fruit, nuts, juices and water are all natural energizers.
Hire a babysitter for the kids. It’s going to be a long day for them.
Call your mover the day before. Confirm exactly when they will be arriving and be sure they’ll be bringing a large enough truck.
Clearly mark boxes that contain items you’ll need immediately. Think about the clothes, cookware, computer accessories, toys and other items you’ll want to find easily during the first week in your new home.
Plan ahead to make your moving day drama-free. Unless, of course, you want to be on a reality show!