You know you should have planned ahead and started early, but things came up and all of a sudden it’s one week to moving day. And you haven’t even started packing!
If you’re facing a last-minute relocation and just can’t seem to get things in order, follow these five tips to get started:
1. Get started now
You might already be late, but there’s no better time to start than now. Put aside the guilt and save the moping for later. Start arranging your transport and movers, and begin packing as soon as you can.
Even stuffing your clothes into luggage bags and your belongings into bins is a good start. Getting the ball rolling will help you get into the flow of packing and moving.
It helps to make a plan on how you’ll move, no matter how rough. You can have a simple checklist of things you have to do.
From engaging movers to calling up friends to lend a hand, things you should pack and what item goes in what sort of packaging.
Create a timeline you want to follow – get a truck first, ask questions later. Having a plan to fall back on can help you manage the stress and mental hassle of thinking about the mess a last-minute move can be.
3. Pack smart
Even if you’re short on time, packing efficiently and properly is possible. Use large trash bags as makeshift to-go packaging, and use old cardboard boxes to store your things.
Taking a bit more time to ensure your fragile and breakable items are packed correctly will save you the hassle of breakage in the long run.
4. Learn to let go
Figure out what’s essential, and what you can afford to leave behind. Moving everything can be time consuming and inefficient, and often, trying to take everything with you doesn’t make sense.
Consider leaving behind bulky but replaceable items like plastic chairs and furniture or small finicky incidentals like clothes hangers, for easier packing and moving.
5. Get help
Things may feel unmanageable on your own, so consider reaching out to friends, family, or professionals to help with your move.
Friends and neighbours are often open to putting a few hours aside to help you pack, carry, and move your belongings to your new location.
Professional movers are well equipped to handle a last-minute move on short timelines. Be it a strict timeline or a long-term moving plan, expert movers can help make your relocation easy and hassle-free.
This article first appeared in Kaodim.
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