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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Moving

No matter how excited you are for your big move, procrastination can be a huge problem when it comes to getting the boxes packed, areas decluttered, or the long list of things-to-do completed. We’re here to help all those procrastinators out there stay on task and successfully move without losing your mind. 

Before you Begin

Ok procrastinators, we see you. Yes you.

We know your tricks and all the pitfalls that occur every time you try to get something accomplished. We have a few suggestions before we give you our professional advice on getting your packing and moving project completed. 

  • Put away all distractions including the tv, phone, tablet, and anything shiny that catches your attention. Having your full attention on the task of packing and moving is best, especially if you are in a time crunch. 
  • Get your comfy clothes on…this could get messy. 
  • Call up a few friends that can keep you on track and help you pack. 
  • Don’t “panic pack.” That’s when you will make mistakes like over pack boxes with heavy items or start shoving your belongings in trash bags. 

Prepare Before You Start 

We know preparing in advance is not the strength of a procrastinator’s tool kit. In fact, quite the opposite is true, so you may want to enlist the help of a few organized friends who can get you started. 

  • Schedule your moving company. They can help with packing as well as offer lots of tips on how to efficiently get the move completed with as few hassles as possible. 
  • Buy or gather your supplies for moving. This should include boxes (of all sizes), bubble wrap for those breakables, packing tape, labels, and lots of coffee. 
  • Declutter while you prepare to pack. 
  • Clear an area of one room (preferably near a door) that you can start stacking all the boxes for your moving company. 
  • Make a checklist that you can add too and cross off as you go. Seeing your progress can be a great motivator. 
  • Buy or make labels that can help you keep track of what has been packed in each box. 

Work Your Way Down 

Now that you have all of your supplies and equipment needed (along with some friends to help) you should create a plan on which rooms you will pack first and the ones that can wait till closer to move day. 

We always suggest starting with your most difficult room and working your way down to your easiest room. For most people, the kitchen proves to be the most difficult, with its myriad of items in cabinets, all the way down to the bathrooms that tend to be smaller and often have their own storage containers to begin with. 

Make a list of rooms and start packing away, making sure to label each box and keep an eye on the clock as you do each task. 

Warning: As you pack, you will inevitably find nostalgic pieces that may deter you from getting the job done. Avoid losing too much time by placing those pieces aside for the time being to take a look at during a break. 

Purge As Much As Possible

People who tend to be procrastinators in the moving process also tend to be procrastinators in the cleaning process. With this in mind, we suggest that you clean and purge as much as you can as you pack. The less you have to move, the better. 

Keep two trash bags near you as you pack each room; one for donations and one for things that can go out with the trash. 

Save Time Where Possible 

Taking each item of clothing off the hanger and folding it for boxing can be time consuming. If you have the ability to skip the step of folding and moving your items on the hanger either in garment bags or by getting creative with plastic bags, do it! 

The same goes for clearing our bureaus and dressers; if your moving company plans to wrap the items you may be able to move them with the clothes already inside! 

Talk to our experienced team at Mastodon Moving for more tips that will get you moving successfully. 

winter jog

Winter Moving Tips: How to Combat the Elements During a Winter Move

Moving at any time of year can be a tedious and challenging experience. Making a move during the winter months adds another layer of difficulty in three key areas: safety, weather issues, and comfort. 

No one wants to be moving in the middle of a blizzard, but waiting until Mother Nature is ready to cooperate is not always an option. 

Winter moving may not sound like fun, but it isn’t entirely impossible either. Planning and coordination with your moving team is key. Good communication along with a few tips we have put together for you should keep you safe, warm, and organized on your moving day. 

Stay Vigilant of the Weather 

New Englanders know that winter can bring crystal clear blue skies and frosty air. It can also bring howling winds and an onslaught of precipitation ranging from feet of snow to slippery roadway ice. 

When moving during the winter months keep a close eye on the weather in the days leading up to your move. If you are concerned that the weather may hamper your move by shutting down roadways or making travel unsafe, talk to your moving company about a contingency plan should Mother Nature not cooperate. Having a Plan B is always a smart idea when moving during the months of December, January, February, and March. 

Padding along stairwell in home

Make Safety a Top Priority 

Mastodon Moving makes safety our number one priority for every move, no matter the season. Winter, however, brings an entirely new set of safety precautions that we take both inside and outside of homes. 

Some of the safety precautions we take include covering floors to not only give traction, but to save the floors from scrapes or marks. We also wrap banisters and door frames when large items will be moved around them to ensure that no chips, dents, or scrapes appear. 

Homeowners can help with safety by ensuring that the walkways and driveways are free and clear of snow or ice on the day of the move. They can also board pets so they are not under foot during the move. Additionally, a spare pair of gloves is a great idea to keep hands warm as going in and out of the elements can cause extremities to get cold. 

Consider Comfort

Winter moves often mean that homes lose heat fast with movers going in and out repeatedly. Doors are left open and homes quickly become cold. 

To make things comfy, consider using a small space heater in the bathroom and kitchen where movers and family members can warm up for a few minutes. Having warm drinks available is also a crowd pleaser for people moving all day in the cold. 

Taking comfort into mind, make sure your new location has the heat and lights on so when you arrive the home is comfortable and accessible for movers and family members. 

Still have questions about moving? Talk to our team about a consultation and we can go over all the elements that can make your winter move go smoothly. 

Moving boxes packed in moving truck

Things To Consider For Your Cross Country Move

Moving can be an indicator of an exciting time in a family’s life. It could be the product of a new (or better) job for a family member, a desire to find a better neighborhood or region, or a life event, like a marriage, that causes the move to occur. 

Moving in general, regardless of the exciting reasons behind it, can be a bit stressful. Moving clear across the country, therefore, can be downright overwhelming. 

Long distance moving is probably one of the toughest types of moves, second only to international moving. To make your cross country move less stressful, we have worked with our team on a few things that you should consider should you face a cross country move. 

Mastodon Moving team

Hire Experience Cross Country Movers

All movers are not created equal. 

Some specialize in apartment moving, downsizing, or commercial moving only. Then there are those who are experienced movers who have years of professional practice in successfully moving homes and businesses across the country. 

Mastodon Moving is one of those companies who has been helping people take the stress out of moving locally, state-to-state, or even clear across the country. Our team promises something that not all movers can offer. The same team that packed up your home in one state will be the same group who will unpack you in your new home, no matter how many thousands of miles away that new address is. It’s something that sets us apart from our competitors and allows us to know exactly what special needs each item may have when loading into the new home, because we were the team that loaded it in the truck to begin with. 

Compare Moving Companies 

While you may be able to Google “long-distance moving companies” and come up with a short list of businesses in your area that could move your home, check the details before you hire one of them. 

Ask questions about hidden expenses as well as request a cost calculation. Knowing what items in your home will be difficult to move or cost you more to move than to sell could change your strategy for moving.  Ask about any large items or high value items that may cost more or require special storage, crating, or wrapping for safety purposes. All of this research can help your moving experience be much less stressful. 

Mover packing high value item

Create a Home Inventory 

We are not suggesting you write down every item in your home, but rather take an inventory of items that you will be bringing with you and those that you may be able to donate, sell, or put out with the trash. 

Remember, moving long distance may mean a change in climate and a change in thought process. For instance, will you really need your snow blower in San Diego if you are moving from Maine? Probably not. 

Make a list of items that are high priority to bring with you such as personal items, furniture, artwork, children’s items, seasonal items, and the list could go on and on. 

While making this list, however, you may find that you are willing to let the buyers of your current home have the 10 year old refrigerator and the air conditioning units you have stored in the garage rather than haul them into the moving truck. Your new home may have better appliances or central air that will allow you to offer some items to the new owners of the house or donate them to a worthy charity. 

Make Advance Plans for Children & Pets 

If you think moving is hard on you, think about the anxiety your children and pets may be going through not knowing the details or being able to control any of the outcomes. 

Therefore, it is imperative that you make plans to alleviate some of the stress. To do this, you may need to make a trip or two to your new home to introduce your child(ren) to the new neighborhood, school, or house. Just seeing what is yet to come can put some children at ease and let them know that the move is a good thing and not something to be feared. 

For pets, you may want to arrange for care during the packing and moving portion of the event. This can be a very anxious time for your pet and they can sense that something is about to happen. Read our blog on moving with a pet for more ideas on comfort measures. 

A Final Word…

Moving long distances is undoubtedly going to be stressful. Choose your moving company carefully and arm yourself with knowledge about what the move will be like to make your change in location a happy one.