Moving day should be exciting and full of anticipation for what’s next, but more often than not it can become an unnecessarily stressful event. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to keep the stress levels low for parents and children alike, so you can enjoy the excitement of moving day the way you’re meant to.
Get Rid of Clutter
Moving is a great time to get rid of years’ worth of clutter and unwanted items. Have everyone in your family go through their things and set aside any old clothes, toys or appliances that can be sold in a yard sale or donated to charity. Getting rid of your old, lesser-used things helps streamline both packing and unpacking as you’re settling into your new home.
Label Boxes Clearly
Having a labeling system for all your boxes can help you stay sane while you’re unpacking in the new place. Don’t assume you’ll remember what’s in each box–all your boxes will start to look the same after a while. Labeling each box not only by which room of the house its contents go in, but also what the exact contents are, will help you stay organized as you put things away.
Hire Professional Movers
If you can afford it, hiring professional movers can make moving day easier for you and your family. Even if you have a large SUV or truck, trying to move everything on your own will require multiple trips back and forth, things will undoubtedly get broken or dinged up, and you’ll likely be too exhausted to even think about unpacking. Having professional movers handle everything, especially the big items, will save you from heavy lifting, preserve your energy, and ensure everything arrives in one piece.
Keep Essentials Handy
Whether you’re moving into a condo in Irvine or a large home, it will undoubtedly take you a few days to completely finish unpacking. Keeping the absolute essentials handy in just one or two separate boxes can help you stay organized while you’re digging through your collections of books or plates. Packing a few days worth of outfits, some paper plates and plastic utensils for your first meals, and essential toiletries will keep you from going losing it.
Make the First Night Fun
Whether you make blanket forts in the kids’ empty bedrooms, camp out in the bare living room, or have pizza delivered for a picnic on the dining room floor, make the first night in your new home fun and memorable for everyone. Don’t worry about unpacking right away–you can get to that tomorrow. Instead, order some takeout (and let the kids choose), watch a movie together on your laptop, and revel in the excitement of your new space.
You’ve already made a great choice living in Irvine, now it’s time to find the right Irvine home for sale for you and your family. Schedule an appointment or showing with an experienced agent from Irvine Residential Living, and let us guide you seamlessly through the home-buying process. We look forward to hearing from you!