Moving to another home or office can be a period of tremendous upheaval, with countless details to take care of. However, there are ways by which you can make the process go a lot easier. With the help of these tips, you will be able to look forward to less hassle and a welcoming home waiting for you when you are done.

Designate a center of operations

The first thing you have to do is set aside a space in your home as a sort of “command center” for doing your packing. Things can quickly get out of hand once you begin packing in earnest, and a central location will help you keep organized. This is where you will place all your packing supplies, and will serve as your base of operations until it is time to move out. You might also want to pull your phone to this area to make it easier to stay in contact with friends and family or the moving company until the last minute.

List items you need to pack

One of the best ways to ensure a smooth and efficient move is to make a list of all the things you need to pack. By making a list, you will not only ensure that nothing important gets left behind, but also make it easier to unpack and reorganize your stuff in the new home or office. Be as thorough as possible as you can with this process. Make sure that everything you need to bring with you when you move is accounted for in the list. Also make sure that the contents of the boxes are listed down the same way they are labeled on the outside of the boxes.

Prepare your packing supplies

Getting your packing materials together may take a few hours in itself. Make sure that you have enough boxes on hand and that they are of the proper size. You should also stock up on packing tape, labels, markers, and plenty of bubble wrap and/or Styrofoam pellets. Don’t forget to get a couple of good quality box cutters as well.

Box up your items

In general, it would be best to have more boxes than you think you will need. Most grocery stores will give them away for free (or for pennies) and some moving companies will even give you a refund for boxes that you haven’t used. A good way to ensure that you have enough boxes for all your stuff is to get as many as you think you need and have about ten more boxes in varying sizes.

Get the house ready

If you haven’t gone over your new house thoroughly yet, you should probably do so a few days before the movers come to pick up your stuff. This will give you enough time to do some general cleaning and final preparations for moving day. You should also arrange to have any utility services activated and get copies of the keys for the entire house made. This last step is crucial to ensuring that you are ready to move in when the day comes.

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