We know what you’re thinking – moving can’t be done successfully in a short time frame. When faced with moving on short notice, people often start panicking and picturing the worst scenarios. However, the truth is that you can organize a move very quickly and save your sanity. If you’re in such a situation, we’ve got a guide for you. These simple tips for organizing a quick move will ensure you pack and organize everything in no time and arrive successfully at your new home.
Take the deepest breath
We know that moving is tough. However, worrying and stressing about it will not bring you any good. No matter how much time you have left until the moving day, you should stay positive and use that time in the best way possible. Moving in a hurry is often a result of a sudden change in life. Sometimes, this change is unpleasant, which adds another layer of stress to the whole situation. However, it is what it is, and if you need to relocate quickly, be productive and use that time wisely.
Take a moment to evaluate your situation
Even though you might feel it’s just a waste of time, planning and organizing can help you a lot with sudden relocations. Start your move by evaluating your moving situation – time you have left, tasks you need to do, costs you need to pay, etc. And start as soon as possible. This will help you plan everything better, and more importantly, ensure you don’t forget to do something and avoid unpleasant surprises. Take a pen and paper if necessary, and write down a moving checklist. It will assist you with tracking the moving progress, remind you of the tasks you haven’t finished yet, etc. Use this list to organize your move but also manage your thoughts.
Get someone to help you out
Moving on short notice includes a lot of work that needs to be done in just a couple of days. That’s why a couple of helping hands will make the process a lot easier and more successful. Recruit your friends and family to help you pack, or ask them to babysit or take care of your pets while you do it. You can organize ‘a packing party’ – invite friends to help you pack, as you play some music, order pizza, and have fun.
However, professional help is the most reliable option in these situations. As there are many risks of DIY packing, you should leave this task to professionals. This is the most cost-effective and time-saving way to pack and relocate the whole household in a short time. Moving professionals have all the necessary supplies to do the work efficiently. More importantly, they are skilled and experienced, which will reduce the risk of damaging your items and hurting yourself.
Bonus tip: remember that hiring professional cleaners can help a lot with short notice moves as well. They can take care of your old and new home and make it sparkly clean while you deal with other moving tasks.
Pick a moving company wisely when moving on short notice
Last-minute rates are often more expensive, so pick your movers wisely. It would be best to compare a couple of companies – get estimates from at least two or three movers. This way, you can get the best deal and choose the best services for the money.
Prepare your home for packing
It’s essential to be efficient and pack quickly. To do that, you need to prepare your items for the process. This means you should go through all your stuff and get rid of everything you don’t need. Decluttering your home before you pack will make the packing process a lot faster and easier. Furthermore, you’ll save on packing supplies, and your move will be cheaper as companies typically charge by the number of items to transport!
Get everything you need to pack your home
Nothing can waste you so much time as going to the store multiple times to get additional packing supplies. If you decide to pack your home by yourself, make sure you have everything you need to do it safely and quickly. Get enough moving boxes, packing peanuts and other protection, tape, scissors, and markers for labeling. However, if you run short on moving boxes while packing, save yourself time and use the items you already own as containers. Gym bags, suitcases, beach bags, and even plastic garbage bags can serve as moving containers. However, be careful with them. These items will not protect your fragile belongings, so be sure to put only soft items inside.
Don’t sort your items
Ideally, you would have enough time to sort items by type and pack them systematically. However, as you need to pack fast, you can’t do that now. Although sorting and cleaning your belongings would be beneficial when you start unpacking, you will have to deal with it later this time.
Bonus tip: labeling your boxes can make the unpacking process a lot simpler. Use a marker to write down what’s inside each box. Also, write which room each box should go to, so movers can put them in the right place as soon as they enter the new house. This way, you will have your boxes sorted out, so you can unpack by rooms and don’t make a lot of mess in other parts of the house.
It’s not impossible!
The key to moving on short notice is to stay optimistic and believe you can manage to do everything on time. Organization, professional moving services, and a positive attitude will ensure you relocate your home with ease and minimize the stress.