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How to Keep Your Sanity During a Move

We know that moving can be one of the great stressors of life even if you are moving to your dream home, in the perfect neighborhood. There are so many parts of the puzzle that need to come together in order to make the move happen. Thankfully, after years of helping families move across the state and across the country, we have a few tips to help you keep your sanity during this exciting but anxiety ridden time. 

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Start Packing Early 

If you are a world-class procrastinator, this may be the hardest part of the move for you. Start packing your items as early as possible. Pack up items that you are not currently using first such as seasonal items, seasonal clothing, storage items, and books. Get as many keepsakes wrapped and packed before you even start to think about packing large items. 

You may not think that packing will take long, but once you open up those closets you will realize that you have more possessions than you know what to do with. 

Stay Focused 

For many of us, moving means a growing list of things to do that is constantly running through our minds. Create a list of things to accomplish such as a list of utilities you will need to transfer, address changes you will need to complete, and packing that needs to be done. Check each off as you go. 

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Purge, Purge, Purge

Sometimes, our clients tell us that they get caught up in the packing because they are looking at old photos, memory items, or just trying to sort through what they feel they will need/use in the new place. We suggest purging as much as possible. Recycle, donate, or trash items that are no longer used or you have duplicates of. This downsizing of your possessions can make packing and the moving process easier. 

Take Breaks 

While getting the packing and all the other things on your “To Do” list completed is important, it is also important to take frequent breaks. Give your body and mind a break so that you don’t get overwhelmed and allow anxiety to spiral out of control. 

Enlist Your Family or Friends 

Part of staying sane during a move is having your friends or family members help you out. Assign close friends to tasks that will overwhelm you. Ask anyone and everyone who is willing to help to do so. The more hands, the lighter the work. 

If you want to leave your family out of the packing chaos, consider hiring a moving company that also offers packing and unpacking services along with temporary storage or coordination of your move. Mastodon Moving does all of this! Contact us for help with your next move. 

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Tips to Get You Settled Quickly into Your New Home

Moving can be stressful. The coordinating, packing, cleaning, and organizing can be overwhelming. In your mind, you are probably counting the hours and minutes until you can arrive at your destination and start sorting things out. Thankfully, once you and your belongings have arrived at your new home, there is usually a sense of relief. 

As professional movers, we understand the stress that comes with this upheaval in your life. We also know that there are things that you can do to make the move easier, including the process of getting settled into your new place. Here are a few of our tips to help you adjust and establish your home quickly and with as little stress as possible.

check listAn Essentials Box 

Before the movers come to pack and transport all of your belongings, be sure to make your life infinitely easier upon arrival by packing a few boxes that will be marked “essential items.” These boxes should be placed last in the moving van or may even go separately in an owner’s car. 

An essentials box or boxes should contain personal items that you may need for the first day/night of staying in your new home. This could include: prescription medicines, bathroom necessities, personal items, a change of clothes, and comfort items for your children.

Cleaning Items 

One of the first things that you will want to do once you get into your new digs will be to clean everything from top to bottom including floors, cabinets, bathrooms, and possibly even the walls/ceilings. Start with a clean slate before unpacking anything. Make sure you have a box filled with all the cleaning products you want to use. This will save you a trip to the store upon arriving and can be a great hint to friends and relatives who are helping that you have a list of things to do before you unpack! 

tape measureReview Measurements 

One of the things home buyers do when they are house hunting is envision their furnishings in the new place. Once you have signed on the dotted line, ask the previous owners or the real estate agent to get you accurate measurements of each room and windows, so you can better explain to the movers where furnishings should be placed. This could save you a lot of hassle trying to decide which direction and location your bed or couch will face when you are in mid move. Measurements can also help you determine if you have the right window coverings, rugs, and furniture to fit in the rooms properly. 

Create a Priority List 

Once you get into your home, you will have a million things on your mind to get accomplished. Create a priority list that can help you focus and give movers or family members direction in their tasks. 

Of particular importance if you have children, is setting up a place for them to sleep and an area that makes them feel at home. If you can’t unpack their room right away, make sure they have a place to lay their head on the first night and some of their comfort items to play with. 

Also of importance will be having a bathroom that is all unpacked. After a long day of unpacking, you will want to unwind, shower, and relax. Having your bathroom box handy is critical to making that first night less overwhelming. 

Organize Your Paperwork 

Over the course of the first week or two, you will most likely be dealing with handling the transfer of utilities, installation of cable, and other items. Keep track of all the paperwork that goes with this part of the move so you can easily access it later when you have questions. 

Packing didn’t happen overnight in your old place, so don’t expect that the unpacking process will happen fast now. Realize that you can not get it all done right away and give yourself time to make the adjustment. You will get all the boxes unpacked eventually. 

Check out our blog for more ideas to make your move go smoothly. If you have questions and comments contact Mastodon Moving. We are happy to help. 

 

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

 

Is this the year you plan on selling your home, moving to a dream home, or maybe downsizing? If so, then moving is in your future. What makes the difference between a stressful move and one that is painless? From years of experience successfully moving families all over our region and country, we know that the answer is organization, planning, and some serious decluttering. 

truck parked on a streetThere are absolutely components of moving that can be nerve-racking, but we are here to break down the steps so your move will be as manageable and uncomplicated as possible. 


Months in Advance

If you know that a move is imminent then you should start planning as early as possible. Create a moving binder or folder to keep all receipts, notes, contacts, and a calendar organized for easy reference. With all the information at your fingertips, you will never have to search for a phone number or confirmation slip again. 

Book Movers 

One important component of this binder should be information about moving companies to help expedite your move. We suggest booking our team in advance to ensure that the date you need movers is reserved along with other services you may need such as high value item packing, storage, or help with decluttering. We can help you achieve a successful move across town or across the country. 

Research Schools 

If you have children, getting them acclimated to the new town or school should be a top priority. Look into what school options are available and start prepping your child(ren) for the transition. This may include a visit and tour before the move happens. 

Start Decluttering 

Once you have decided to move, you will suddenly become acutely aware of how much “stuff” you have. Start decluttering by organizing items into piles of: keep, trash, or donate. Decluttering can mean many fewer moving boxes and precious time allotted for the move. 

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In the Weeks Before the Move

The closer you get to moving day, the faster things can come at you. Here is a list of tasks you may want to check off.

  • Buy moving supplies including boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap, and paper. 
  • Notify your employer, doctors office, credit cards, banks, utilities, schools, dentist, and insurance agent of your address change. 
  • Call and arrange a cut off date for your cable or television provider. You may want to also set up an installation date and time at your new location. 
  • Arrange for all necessary paperwork at the post office to forward first class mail. 
  • Change shipping address on all online shopping favorites. 
  • Make arrangements for your pets on the day of the move or potentially the weeks leading up to and after the move. A move can cause anxiety in many pets who don’t understand what is going on. Consult your vet for more details on how to make the move less stressful for your pet. 

Pack 

If you are unable to do all the packing yourself, a job which can be enormous depending on the size and scope of your move, consider using packing and unpacking services. Our clients especially like this service because it gives them a chance to take the lead in what will be packed, stored, and moved while the crew takes care of the actual work of packing. 

Label 

Use labels or color coordinate your packing boxes so movers know precisely which room to deliver them in your new place. Inventory lists can be taped to each box as well as kept on a master list in your binder so you know what is in each box. 

We also suggest taking pictures of your appliances, technology, and electronics before you unplug them and pack them up. You would be amazed at how much an image can help when it comes time to plug in all the items again. 

In addition to labelling boxes, we suggest putting all screws and hardware for furniture such as beds or desks that need to be taken apart for the move, in separate baggies. It makes reassembly much easier with each item’s hardware in individually marked baggies. 

Consider Storage 

Depending on the type of move you are undertaking, you may find that having short term storage could be a great solution. Our clients like this option because it gives them a chance to remove already packed items to a secure location while they pack each room methodically. Many times, high value items can be carefully packed in advance so to avoid any commotion in the packing process. 

A photograph of a post-it note reading, "Don't Forget!"A Day or Two in Advance 

Right before you move, make sure you pack a bag of your high priority items such as a “lovey” for a child, prescription medicines, a change of clothes, personal hygiene items, and, of course, your binder with all the contacts a paperwork you will need for the big day. 

Don’t forget to confirm the appointment with the movers, as well as, friends and family that may be taking on chores for the moving day. Whether it is walking the dog, caring for the kids, or keeping everyone on the same page with communication. 

Remember to keep cash handy for those coffees, donuts, bagels, or sandwiches you will want to offer friends and family who are helping you out on moving day.

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