The prospect of moving an entire household across town or across the country can be daunting. There are so many things to organize on both ends of the move, so much dependence on the kindness of friends or the professionalism of strangers – in short, there’s a lot of potential for stress.

We’d like to take the stress out your move, and make it as smooth and easy as possible. To do so, we’re offering you our most brilliant moving tips. These are the result of long experience in the moving business – they’re simple, but we think they’re golden. Enjoy!

10 Tips to Reduce Stress

1.  Get into your new home early if you can. Set up your bathroom with toilet paper, soap, and clean towels. Hang a shower curtain while you’re at it, so you can take a nice hot shower at the end of moving day.

2.  Pack a small suitcase or overnight bag for each member of the family. Include pajamas, toothbrushes, and other toiletries as well as clean clothes for the next morning. Make sure you’ve got all the necessaries to start the next day without searching for items that might still be packed in boxes.

3.  If you have a pet, make sure your pet’s tags and vaccinations are up to date. Get copies of all veterinary records if you’re moving out of town or out of state. Pack a separate box with your pet’s dishes and food, treats, and special toys or blankets, and be sure to unpack this box as soon as you arrive at your new home.

4.  Pack one box with kitchen essentials — a coffee pot, some snacks, a couple of rolls of paper towels, a few cups or drinking glasses. Be sure to include eating utensils, scissors, and a lot of trash bags. Pack these into your car along with the overnight bags and pet box.

5.  Buy a large roll of clear stretch wrap. You can use this to wrap an entire dresser drawer, with all the clothes inside. It’s also a great way to group together framed artwork (with padding in between) before boxing it up.

6.  Use kitchen and bath towels to protect breakables as you pack them into boxes. You’re cutting back on unnecessary packing materials and getting the towels packed at the same time.

7.  Label each box with the name of the room it’s going into as well as what’s inside. Make sure to write labels on all four sides of every box — that way they’ll be visible even when boxes are stacked. When you get to your new home, unpack room by room.

8.  Photograph the backs of all your electronics before dismantling them. That way you won’t have to sweat the re-connection process. Use the roll of plastic wrap to keep cords and connectors grouped with components. It’s a good idea to wrap your electronics as well to avoid scuffs and scratches along the way.

9.  If you’re renting, make sure to take photographs of your current home after it’s empty, and of your new home before you’re moved in.

10.  Save your stuff and your friendships. If you have a lot of valuables or fragile items in your household, consider hiring a professional mover. Most reliable movers carry insurance that’s designed to cover your costs in case of accidental damage. If you’re looking for a good moving company, start your search early and book well in advance of the move.

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