Simple Tips to Reduce Moving Day Stress

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Moving day! It inspires hope, thoughts of new beginnings, new arrangements…and, to be perfectly honest, dread. No one enjoys moving (and even fewer enjoy helping someone else move), so here are a few tips to make your next move as pain and stress-free as possible.

Update your address – this seemingly obvious task is necessary to avoid future headaches and save time and money. In addition to the USPS update make sure to update all regular correspondence with your new address.

Set up utilities in advance – there are few things as frustrating as successfully schlepping your belongings to your new abode only to find you overlooked a basic necessity. Once you have your move date, arrange for water, cable, Wi-Fi, the works. There is no penalty for being ahead of the ball here.

Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.

Sandwich bags and markers – bag and tag all of the removable parts of items such as screws and mounting parts, to make re-assembly a cinch. Tape to the corresponding box or the item itself.

Recruit help in advance – if you aren’t using professional movers, make sure to make the task of helping as appealing as possible. Order pizza and beverages to celebrate the completed job and reward those wonderful people! Give them first dibs on items you were going to toss or donate – this is a great perk that is a win-win!

Overnight kit – Imagine a long day of moving, wearily but proudly ready to call it a day and then desperately digging through boxes for that toothbrush or comb.  Assign (and clearly mark) a box or bag to store your basic necessities – toiletries, a towel, a change of clothes.

Pack the necessities in a clear container – I love this one! This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.

Pack your drawers like a box – you put your clothes in their respective drawers for a reason, right? Why pack, unpack, and refold when you can simply remove the drawers with the clothes intact and cover with Saran Wrap.

Save receipts – “In many cases, moving expenses are deductible from federal income taxes,” says Rachmany of Dumbo Moving + Storage. “If you’re moving because of a change in employment, you may be able to claim this deduction even if you do not itemize.” Try to keep track of all moving costs for your accountant.

Please share your moving tips!

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