Packing up and moving into a new home is an adventure. A stressful, chaotic adventure. Getting everything done on time, ticking all the boxes and still keeping yourself from dying of exhaustion is no easy feat.
The saying goes: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Getting things organised for your move as far ahead in advance is one of the best decisions you can possibly make. The moment you know that you’re officially moving is the moment you should start your planning. Here are a few things to jump on straight away.
One of the most important things you’re going to need to sort out is your moving out date and your moving in date. As much as we all want these two to align perfectly, this is not always possible, and there’s a strong chance that you’ll end up with a month or two with nowhere to go.
Spending weeks or even months in a hotel suite is expensive and uncomfortable, so if you don’t have family or friends nearby to host you for a while, opt for short term rentals, Etobicoke, or in whichever area will suit you best during your move. In these cases, you’ll probably have to hire storage space for your belongings too.
A Moving Company
Whilst some people are stubborn and brave about moving themselves, others prefer to rely on a good, reliable moving company to get the job done. Whichever route you decide to take, try to have it organised well ahead of your final moving date.
If you’re using a company, ask for quotes and compare prices to get the best deal, and have everything booked and ready ahead of time. If you’re going to be doing the job yourself, you’ll need to hire trucks and trailers, purchase boxes and bubble wrap and start packing as soon as it is viable.
Your Packing Plan
Leaving all your packing for the weekend before your move is a gigantic no-no. This will leave you stressed out, exhausted and probably with a load of backache you don’t need.
Try to start packing up items you don’t need or use often at least a few weeks before you move. Have a dedicated room or space for storing your boxes and try to make your way through your packing slowly but surely in order to minimise the hard work closer to the time. You’ll thank yourself later!
During the days you spend doing the final packing (and all of the unpacking at your new place) can be exhausting, and you most likely won’t have access to a lot of cooking equipment or even food for a while. Eating nutritious meals will be important during such a physically taxing time, so you’ll want to be prepared for not being able to cook for a while.
Pre-cooking some easy meals for the freezer that you can simply throw in the oven or microwave is a great idea. Alternatively, make sure you know of healthy premade meals or takeout meals to purchase on the go.