Nowadays, it is nothing unusual that people live in different cities and countries over the years of their life. We move because we got a promotion which demands to relocate. We meet the love of our lives who live in a different city and we change everything for that beloved person. There are many different reasons but there is always one problem. How to make relocation easier? At first, it seems impossible to pack our life in boxes and just go. It’s not only extremely stressful but it also demands great plan and logistics. That’s why we would like to help you with our tips on relocating to a new town or city.
Arrange a packing plan
Setting a plan a few weeks before is the basic of great relocation logistic. You will not only be well prepared to pack but also less stressed and this is extremely important. Make a note of your belongings in order to not forget about something. Divide boxes into categories, for example, boxes with clothes, boxes with kitchen appliances, etc. On the day of packing, follow the plan and cross out every packed box from your list, one after the other. Pack only one category of stuff at a time. For example, do not start to pack clothes until you finish packing the bathroom accessories. Otherwise, you will get confused and lost. Ask your friends and family for help in packing. It will make this job much easier and more pleasant.
Label the boxes
Colorful labels will help you to recognize the boxes ready to unpack and to put them in the proper rooms of your new house. Use color coding labels on the boxes, and always choose the same color for boxes prepared for the same room. Also, you can make a list of what each box has inside. On the day of relocating, you will be in a hurry and this list will help you to find needful things more quickly without opening every box in a rush. Looking for a toothbrush or a mug to drink your first tea at a new kitchen will be much easier. Try to group all belongings into categories and do not leave boxes with miscellaneous stuff from different rooms. Try to avoid chaotic and accidental packing. Check out our previous article about how to reduce stress when moving a house.
Protect the boxes for the journey
No matter if you move into the close city or if you need to travel across the country, you have to make sure that all your belongings are safe and well packed. Prepare solid and strong boxes, tapes and shrink-wrap. Do not pack too many heavy items in one box but do it strategically and wisely by group items of similar size and weight. Place the lighter items on top of the box and heavier on the bottom. The heaviest items like plates, mugs wrap with bubble wrap.
Cleaning is a must
Cleaning the room immediately after packing all the belongings is a must if you don’t want to feel overwhelmed by the mess around. Do not leave it on the last moment when you will be exhausted and demotivated. Pack every item and then clean one room at a time. For example, if you start in the kitchen, pack all the appliances, mugs, plates, etc, and clean the kitchen space. Only after then, move on to the next room until you finish to pack and clean the whole house. If you rent an apartment, a good cleaning is a necessity if you want to leave a good impression on your landlord and get your deposit back. You can, of course, hire a cleaning company but if you want to save the money, you can easily do it by yourself.
Consider renting a self-storage facility
Renting a self-storage space will be a great choice if you own too many staff but you don’t want to throw anything away. If you move into the smaller apartment it will be a great solution. Instead of asking your friends for some space to keep your belongings, think about self-storage facility. You can choose between container storage, lock-up garages, business storage and many more. If you haven’t found a new apartment yet, you can store your belongings until you will arrange them to your new place. Read more about renting a self-storage in our previous articles and discover the power of self-storage facilities.
Avoid buying new items
The new apartment doesn’t mean that you have to buy new furnishings and accessories. If your belongings are in good condition, you can continue to use them in your new home. Give yourself time to unpack and to sort everything out. Do not overspend the money on things which you don’t need. If you dream, however, about completely new design of your interior, visit local second-hand shops where you can find amazing used furniture at a low price.
Make a research on your new area
It takes time until you will settle in and feel like home. Before the relocation, make research online and check the area personally. It will help you to familiarize with the neighborhood and with the new city. Check the restaurants, parks, fitness clubs and schools if you have children. You can ask your new employer for help and assistance in the stressful process of settling in a new city. Be ready for a new beginning and do not make pressure on yourself. It will be okay, just give yourself time and be patient.
We all have experienced the stress of moving out or relocating to a different city. At first, you can feel overwhelmed by the number of activities you have to do and organize. But if you follow our tips, you will manage to relocate with ease. Do not panic if something will get wrong. Stay calm, positive and plan the relocation step by step in order to do it as painless as possible. Good organization and strategy is the key!