Moving is a huge step in life. Whether you’re heading off to college, coming back home at the end of the school year, securing your first apartment, or finally moving into your dream home, the big day can provide more stress than you’re expecting. Unless you are prepared!

Since May is National Moving Month, we thought we’d offer up 10 tips and tricks that can help your move go smoothly.

Plan out a packing schedule

Packing takes quite a bit of time. Some might enjoy the challenge of cramming everything into boxes the night before/the day of the move. We think it’s best to have a set plan. Take a couple of weeks to gather all moving supplies (packing tape, boxes, bubble wrap, etc.) and start packing little by little. We’d suggest packing up one room at a time until every room is packed up.

Clean out your pantry

When we say clean out the pantry, we’re talking about any perishable items you have in your home. Non-perishable items are fine to transport. If you really want to get rid of those food items, consider donating them to a local food bank. Even though you might not benefit from them, maybe someone else can.

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Purge your belongings

Before you start packing everything away into boxes, look through your belongings. Is there anything you’re willing to part with before the move? Purging a few items can speed up your moving process, and it can really make your new home feel like a fresh start.

Transfer your services

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’ll need to update your utility services to your new address…but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder, right? Make sure you contact your providers at least two weeks in advance. Provide your new address and remember to pay any overdue bills.

Update your mailing services

Let people know you’re moving! Whether it’s for your bank account, your favorite magazine subscription, or simply for your family and friends to know, spread the word. Changing the address will ensure that all bills and personal mail head to your new home.

Label your moving boxes

Eliminate stress on moving day with the help of labelled boxes. Once you begin packing and have filled up a box, close it with packing tape and write what’s inside using a permanent marker. When moving day comes along, you’ll be happy you marked a box “Living Room” rather than playing the guessing game: “…where does this one go?”

Do not pack everything

Before packing your entire life away into boxes, make sure to leave a few things out. This can include a few outfits for the first couple of days in the new home, any toiletries, an air mattress with a pillow and blanket, etc. It’s better to have a few items at your disposal rather than digging through boxes trying to find exactly what you’re looking for.

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Deep clean

It’s always exciting to move into a new home! But before moving everything in, take a day to deep clean your new place. Scrubbing the floors and counter-tops, washing the windows, cabinets, and walls, etc. Ideally, this should be done before moving in, that way you don’t have to worry about boxes or furniture being in the way.

Pack a cooler

Similar to our earlier point on not packing everything up, consider packing a cooler full of snacks and drinks. Using a cooler on moving day can be the ultimate pick-me-up for anyone that’s helping with the big move.

Take a moving break

Once moving day takes place, it can be a hectic day of heavy lifting, aching muscles, and unwanted stress. After you start to move things into your new place, take a break! Since you are brand new to the area, do a bit of exploring. Go for a walk around the neighborhood. Locate the nearest coffee shop. Ease your mind before heading back to unpacking.

Moving can be stressful. We’re hoping these tips can help your moving process go smoothly. And if you’re moving into a home that needs a bit of remodeling down the road, consider Pella Windows and Doors as your window and door provider.