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Nobody likes moving, and while it may sometimes be unavoidable, there are ways to make it less of a hassle. When you are planning your move, do yourself a favor and consider the ways you can reduce and organize your things to make the move easier. Not only will this make moving less of a headache, but it also reduces how much packing, loading, and unloading you must do. 

Do not know where to start? Here are four tips to achieve the most painless move possible!

Clear out the junk

Moving is not just about changing houses, it is also about seeing what you no longer need. Take a discerning look around your house – do you see old furniture that has overstayed its welcome? Do you prefer to stream movies and find that your DVD collection is untouched? What about the junk drawer and items piling up in closets, sheds, and garages. Take stock of what you have and separate them into what stays, what goes and what you are unsure about.  By the end of the week, you will find that you have more junk than you think.

Get your essentials first

Moving is chaotic. You do not know where anything is, your essentials are scattered, and you end up opening and reopening boxes to find things you need. Save yourself the stress by making a list of essentials that you need on hand the very first night in your new home. Bathroom essentials, clothes, your coffee maker, and medicines are all examples of essentials. Pack like you are going on a trip and have your travel bag ready before you start loading things up. And finally, do not forget your pet’s essentials! 

Start packing early

Now that you have cleared out the excess junk and have your essentials set aside, it is time to start packing. Ideally, you will want everything in boxes and ready to go on moving day, but it is not always that easy. If possible, start boxing things up at least one month before the move. It may sound like a lot of time, but it will be gone before you know it! Box all the tedious items first, such as books, movies, and non-essential kitchenware. From there, work your way up to larger or more cumbersome items, like kitchenware, the pantry, bedroom, closets, and cabinets. 

Go overboard with labeling

It can be tempting to toss things into boxes and call it a day, or at most label boxes by the room they belong to. This can quickly get confusing because you might end up having a dozen boxes all marked “kitchen.”  You can avoid this by labeling boxes with few details about what the contents are. So, instead of leaving your kitchen box as “kitchen” specify with “cutlery, plates, and bowls.”  Taking the extra time in the beginning will save you hours of confusion and frustration later down the line.

Moving may never be fun, but it does not have to be a horrible experience. In fact, it can be a positive experience because you can use it as a time to clear out things you do not need, reorganize your household, and get a fresh start. And of course, if you need help getting rid of all the things you do not want to bring with you, you know who to call!