Moving is one of the most stressful times for most people. Whether you are buying or selling, here are some practical tips to help you make a pleasant, organized move:
> Use a checklist. Outline everything that needs to be done and give each step a realistic time frame.
> Get rid of clutter. Give away, sell or throw away anything you no longer use before you move.
> Mark and label. Use felt pens to mark boxes with their contents and label which rooms they go in.
> Make a survival kit for your first night. To save having to hunt through boxes for the basics, your kit should include essentials like towels, sheets, tissue, a flashlight, can opener, coffee, cereal, etc.
> Make the first night special. Order take out food, take a bath, light a candle, turn on some music. Moving is hard and you should reward yourself with a little pampering after it's done.
Using these tips to plan ahead and make an organized move can take some of the chaos out of the experience and help you transition peacefully into your new home.