We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: moving is not an easy process. It’s difficult to even account for everything you have to do to prepare for a move. You’re packing, organizing, categorizing, coordinating leases, arranging transportation, hiring movers… and juggling about a hundred other things, all at once.
In the midst of all that, it’s hardly surprising that a few things might slip through the cracks. The problem is, the thing you forget to do might turn out to be pretty important. Ironically, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the nitty-gritty of moving and forget to do something basic. Here are the four most surprising things people frequently forget to do when moving. Check these off your list early, and you’ll save yourself a major headache after you’re all moved in.
Set up your address change
First, don't forget to register your address change with the post office. After that, figure out which other people, organizations, and services need to know you're moving. If you have anything delivered to you regularly, for instance, you should let the mailer know you’ve moved. Transfer any of your prescriptions to a pharmacy close to your new home. Send your medical records to your new hospital, if you’ve moved far away from your old one. Chances are you’ll realize there are quite a few people and places who need your address. Take some time to consider who those people and places are early on during your moving process.
Label your boxes and their contents
Labeled boxes tend to be the difference between organized unpacking and total chaos. Taking time to appropriately label moving boxes will save you a lot of consternation down the line. If you want to stay way ahead of the game, make a list of what’s inside each box, too. When you’re looking for something specific later on during your move, these lists will really come in handy.
After you’ve made your list, consider taping it to the box it’s accounting for. That way, it’ll be convenient to find if you need it. You could also make a “master” list with all the contents of all the boxes. Categorize your master list according to the labels you put on the boxes for consistency and convenience. You could even use color-coded tape to further designate “types” of boxes for easy visual reference. All this might sound a little over-zealous now, but imagine how much it’ll help after you’ve moved in!
Remember not to rush
Maybe the most important and basic rule of moving is: don’t rush it. Rushing an important and often deceptively dangerous job like moving is how people get hurt. If you think moving is a pain now, try dealing with an injury on top of everything else. Unfortunately, remembering not to rush is also the rule of moving people tend to forget the most. It’s not hard to see why.
Moving to a new home is exciting, but actually moving in is tedious. The less pleasant or more logistically challenging the move, the greater the temptation to rush through it. Sometimes, it can even feel like you have to rush your move if you’re ever going to get through it. Try to catch intercept this stress before it gets to you. Remember: it’s always better to do something right than it is to do it quickly and poorly. Taking your time on a move is always the right decision, even if it feels frustrating at the time.
Bring the stuff you’ll need on your first night
Remember how we said you should never rush a move? One of the most important ways to take your time moving is to stop working when it gets dark. Trying to lift heavy things or navigate cluttered spaces in the dark is a recipe for disaster. Don’t do it. As the sun sets on your first day moving in, however, chances are you won’t be done unpacking. Obviously, that’s not really an issue… unless you don’t have anything you need for the night.
When you prepare to spend your first night in your new place, set aside everything you need to get ready for bed. Make sure you have a toothbrush, your contact case, a place to sleep, and whatever else you need. Pack everything everyone needs for your first night in an easily accessible box. Remember to label that box so you know where it is! Keeping your first night essentials on hand is the best way to avoid a very crabby day 2.
One more thing not to forget: storage units always make moving easier. Whatever your storage needs or special considerations, Storage Direct can help you with that. Good luck with your move!