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Moving The Easy Way

I have never been one of those people who is naturally inclined to stay organized, but a few months ago I realized that I would need those skills if I was going to move successfully. I started focusing heavily on moving in an organized manner, and I started by getting rid of all of my belongings that I knew I wouldn't need. It took a lot of work, but by the time I cleaned things out, I knew that moving would be a snap. This blog is all about moving the easy way, leaving the mess behind, and being able to enjoy the journey.

Moving The Easy Way

Is A Household Move In Your Future? Helpful Tips To Make It The Most Efficient Move Ever!

by Kyle Hamilton

Moving from one home to another is something that affects millions of Americans each year. In fact, according to recent statistics provided by the United States Census Bureau, as many as 35.7 million individuals moved from one residence to another between the years 2013 and 2014. The process of moving can be a messy and stressful one, especially when the move must be done quickly with little time to for planning. Luckily, there are some easy ways to help to make the moving process more organized and efficient. If your household will be moving in the near future and you would like to simplify the process, the following tips are sure to help. 

Reduce the number of items you will need to move

One of the best ways to reduce the stress of moving is to reduce the number of items you will be taking from your current home to your next one. Each item that is packed and transported to your new home represents a cost, so it make since to make sure that you are only taking items that represent value. Since most household moving companies use the weight of the items being transported to compute the cost, ridding your home of unwanted or unneeded items before the move can result in a reduced cost for the entire move. In addition, moving unnecessary items will also take up valuable storage space in your new home that could be better used for items you really need. To get rid of unneeded items in an efficient manner, start by sorting through each room of the home to find any items that:

  • are broken, badly stained, or unusable in some manner (these items should be taken to a recycling center or placed into the garbage)
  • outgrown but still in good condition, such as clothing, toys, and books (these items can be sold online or through a garage sale, taken to a consignment shop, or donated to a nearby charity)
  • excess items, such as unneeded kitchen accessories, linens, yard tools, and other items that will not be necessary in the new home (these items can also be sold, given away, or donated to charity)

Consider replacing large items instead of moving them

Another good way to simplify the moving process is to take a good look at the large items in your current home and determine whether they are worth transporting or whether it might be more cost effective to replace them when you reach your new home. This is especially important to do if your large pieces of furniture or appliances are in poor condition or you were planning to upgrade them soon, anyway. By selling or disposing of them before the move, you will save the cost of transporting them and will be able to use that savings to put toward the cost of replacements. 

Take advantage of empty space when packing 

Empty space is wasted space when moving, so it makes sense to utilize these areas to hold some of the items you will be taking with you. Some good ideas for doing this include: 

  • using the empty space in your large appliances such as ovens, washers, dryers, or refrigerators to hold lightweight items like towels, wash cloths, dish towels, or plastic storage containers and lids 
  • using clean, dry trash cans as packing containers for items that might spill, such as bags of dog kibble, powdered laundry detergents, or bags of cat litter
  • using the empty space in small appliances, such as slow cookers and food processors to hold small kitchen items, such as flatware, cooking gadgets, and small containers or packets of spices or soup mixes 

Remember to always use duct, masking, or painter's tape to secure any appliances or other items you are using in this manner to prevent spills or lost items during transport. 

For even more ideas on how you can simplify your upcoming household move and make it as efficient as possible, contact a moving company like Wheaton World Wide Moving.