Getting Ready For Your First Moving Experience

You’re finally ready to break free of the parental nest – a milestone that many millennials reach at some point in their lives. Whether you moved out as a graduate or you’re living at home because of work, finances, or other circumstances, there’s nothing quite like moving into your first place on your own.

But there’s more to you first moving than just getting your stuff from one place to another. There’s also the logistics involved, such as changing your address with your bank, insurance companies and utilities, and figuring out what to do with your mail. And that’s not even mentioning the emotional fallout of leaving behind family and friends.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure a smooth transition into your new life as a fully-fledged adult. Read on for a few tips to help you plan your move and make the process as stress-free as possible.

If you’re planning to get a mover, book one early. Not only will you get a better price, but you’ll be able to choose a date that fits your schedule best and avoid scheduling conflicts. It’s also a good idea to sign up for an online portal so you can track your order and get updates as the day approaches.

Start packing non-essential items (like off-season clothing and books) weeks or even months in advance. This will help ease the pressure when it’s time to pack up your apartment and will give you more time to organize and label boxes properly. Color coding your boxes is also a great way to make it easier to identify what’s in them once you get to your new place.

Donate or sell any items you don’t want to keep. Not only will this make the packing process less stressful, but it’ll also help you cut down on the clutter in your new space.

Make sure you have a day-of box containing essentials, such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies and change of clothes. This will save you from having to run out on moving day and also gives you a chance to sort out your pantry and fridge before the move.

Check and double-check that all rooms, closets and cupboards are empty and no items are left behind. This will ensure that your mover knows what’s being packed and where it goes, making the unpacking process faster and easier.

Update your online profiles with your new address so that your friends, family and coworkers can find you. If you’re moving far away, this is a good opportunity to reconnect with them via social media and video chats. Let your loved ones know how to contact you and set up a time to visit or call.