Decorating and arranging a new space is a pretty exciting prospect for any home decor enthusiast. But the act of physically moving out of one home and into another generally doesn't top anyone's list of favorite activities. While there are no real shortcuts to changing spaces, there are certainly things you can do to make the process as smooth and painless as possible. Read on for eight easy tips.
- Save your friends for later. Enlisting the help of friends and family when you move is to be expected. But instead of having your loved ones do the heavy lifting, consider saving their help for when you'll really need it. Hire movers to handle the boxes and furniture on moving day, then open a bottle of wine, turn on some music, and have your friends and family help with the daunting (but fun) task of unloading some of those boxes. As long as you're a little flexible with how your kitchen drawers are organized, you'll save yourself days of tedious unpacking.
- Move your most prized breakables yourself. The biggest drawback to using movers, aside from the cost, is fear that your possessions will be damaged in the move. Pack up a box or two with your most expensive and breakable items (your grandma's china, your Riedel wine glasses), and move just those boxes yourself.
- Label every box with its destination and contents. As you pack and seal up each box, write its destination room and a fairly detailed list of its contents on the top and sides. That way, the movers can deposit your boxes in the right rooms, and you'll know exactly where to find everything.
- Pack for a short trip. As you're packing everything you own into boxes or bags, set aside a suitcase and toiletry bag, and pack those as if you were going away for the weekend. Your new home may be a mess for a while, but at least you'll be able to shower and get dressed each day without too much hassle.
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- Keep necessities handy. Pack a couple separate bags or boxes with items you'll need immediately, and clearly mark them "Unpack first." Include cleaning supplies, paper towels, disposable plates and utensils, bottles of water, and anything else you anticipate needing right away as you settle into your new home.
- Plan your furniture layout ahead of time. Even though it may change later, try to tentatively plan where your furniture will go before moving day. Then you can direct your movers on where to set larger pieces down, and save yourself the backache of having to completely rearrange your home later on.
- Make your bed. Before you do anything else, find your sheets, pillows, and comforter, and make your bed. Even if the entire house is filled with boxes, at least you know you'll be able to call it a night whenever you need to.
- Unpack one room at a time. Tempting as it may be to jump from room to room unpacking boxes, try to focus on one room at a time. That way, whenever you need a break from the chaos, you can retire to your one or two unpacked rooms for a breather.