7 Helpful Tips to Help You Prepare for Moving Day

Barbara Bellesi Zito
Updated January 7, 2022
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Pack away your moving day stress with these ideas

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Moving to a new place can be both exciting and stressful. Even if you’re super organized, packing might not be your idea of a fun time. And if you’re not organized, well, then you might be dreading moving day. 

These seven moving tips will help you plan ahead and stay organized, so you can enjoy a stress-free (or at least low stress) move to your new home.

1. Create a Task List and Schedule

“Pack stuff” is certainly number one on your moving to do list, but it’s not the only task you have to complete when gearing up for a move. Grab a pen and paper or use a note app on your phone and get to jotting down everything you need to do before the big day—from buying packing tape, to scheduling movers, to canceling your newspaper delivery. Then, open your calendar and schedule when you must finish these tasks. Moving day is your ultimate deadline, but by planning out a timeframe for smaller tasks, you’re breaking down a large, overwhelming project into doable doses. Refer to your schedule and update your list often to prevent important tasks from slipping through the cracks.

2. Declutter Your Home

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One of the cardinal sins of moving is taking things that you don’t need or want anymore, which is why it’s crucial to first declutter your home. Start going through your things to determine what’s coming with you and what needs to be discarded, sold, or donated. You might have to make some tough decisions on which things to keep, but it’s better to make them now than waste time packing unnecessary items. Plus, think of all the space you’ll save in the moving truck.

3. Forward Your Mail

This one is easy to forget as you probably take care of things like paying bills and correspondence digitally. But the US Postal Service would much rather you get all the rest of your mail and not the new owners or renters at your former address. It’s easy to change your address online and indicate when you’d like to begin mail delivery at your new address.

4. Press Pause on Deliveries

Now’s also a good time to cancel home deliveries you won’t need before you move. Otherwise, it’s just more things to pack. Be sure that you’ve paused any subscriptions, or let sellers know when you can restart the deliveries at your new place. This is especially important when it comes to prescription delivery services, as you wouldn’t want to have any delays in taking vital medication as you get settled into your new place.

5. Hire the Right Pros

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It’s one thing to make the decision to hire a professional moving company or to rent a truck and do it on your own. But are you hiring the right people and resources for the job? Even if you have the luxury of scheduling your moving day on your own terms, you’re going to want to book your moving company early so you can get the best quotes. You’ll also want to make sure you’re tapping into the right expertise. For example, one company might have been highly recommended for local moves, but you need one that’s experienced in cross-country moves. The same goes for hiring a rental truck or a packing container—you want to make sure you’re choosing the one with enough space for your needs.

6. Gather Packing Supplies

As soon as you know you are moving, that’s when you should start stockpiling boxes and other packing materials. You might want to reserve some of your moving budget for things like wardrobe boxes to easily pack your clothes and bubble wrap to secure fragile items. If you don't want to buy new moving boxes, start asking family, friends, and neighbors to hold on to boxes and packing paper from their home deliveries.

7. Start Small

Unless you are a professional moving organizer, moving can seem like a chore. That’s why even though we might recommend a strategy for breaking this big project down into smaller pieces, it’s important for you to at least get started. Don’t feel like getting on calls with moving companies? Fine, go pack your linen closet instead. It’s okay if you find some tasks more boring or time-consuming than others. But don’t let procrastination cause your moving day to be chaotic. Even if you start with a task that seems miniscule, you’ll feel some sense of accomplishment that will help motivate you to tackle the rest of your moving to do list.

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