Sometimes in life, we encounter situations that require us to move with little prior notice. Perhaps a lover threw us out, we were suddenly evicted or we got a new job that requires an urgent move. There are many different causes for the unexpected move. Fortunately, there are correct and apt ways to handle it.
The first step is to not panic. Do not worry. Get yourself in a moving state of mind and stay there. If the cause for your unexpected move is unpleasant, like a sudden firing or break-up, try to take some time to deal with those emotions. Capitalise on that time; take a long walk and process the emotions. Take back-to-back yoga classes and work through them. Veg out in front of the TV for a few hours. Unfortunately, this is not a “take as much time as you need” situation. Take as much time as you can spare. Once you have come to grips with your situation, it’s time to get yourself moving.
Do It Yourself? Maybe…
Decide if you wish to hire a local moving company or you want to do it yourself. Since this is an unexpected move, you will end up paying more than a traditional move. Contact several moving companies and get quotes. Do not simply go for the cheapest, go for the mover with the best reputation.
If you wish to move yourself, immediately call around to reserve a truck. Or, if you have friends with pick-up trucks, call them! You can usually bribe them with gas money and pizza. Of course, this only works for a crosstown move. If you are moving across the country, you will require a rented moving truck. Try to secure one as quickly as possible.
Now it’s time to get down to business: packing. This is the most important step. Follow the below steps for quick and no-nonsense packing.
Pack It Up Right
- Continue to maintain a peaceful and focused state of mind through it all. If you start running around your house throwing random things in boxes, you will become so much more panicked. You’ll also be frustrated with yourself when you arrive at your new home, because everything will be a mess.
- Set aside the essential items you’ll need for however long it is until the move. This may be a day, a week or a month. Be sure to include required dishes, work clothes and moving clothes.
- Group your belongings by some system. Set everything into major groups that will later be packed. For example, head to your office and stack all the books on the floor. If you have books in your living room, bring them into the office. Stack all of your wall decorations in one area; stack all of your clothes in another. Be as general and vague as possible with these groups.
- Get boxes! Boxes are a hot commodity in a move, you can’t have too many. Don’t pay for boxes, either; sometimes they’re even expensive! Every department store and grocery store throws out an enormous number of boxes and packing supplies every day. Go grab some from the back. If you feel uneasy about this, you can speak with management beforehand. Many times these goods are separated from the normal dumpsters for recycling. Help them recycle!
- Purchase necessary supplies. You need rolls of clear tape (duct will work as well, but avoid masking tape). Also purchase thick black markers and scissors.
- When you return to your home, visit each stack and subcategorise them. For every pile that was made in step two, make smaller piles for each category. Make no more than three subcategories. This may not be required for every group, such as books. No need to sort through books; you can just pack them all together. However, it may be a good idea to sort through clothes and dishes. As an example, you can sort clothes by shirts, pants, and socks/underwear. Dishes may be cups, bowls, and plates.
- Pack! Label each box as you go with clear and easy to read instructions. Such as Kitchen > Plates or Bedroom > Pants. This will help you dramatically when you arrive at your new location.
Don’t underestimate the value of a temporary storage unit. If you have to vacate your home and don’t yet have a new place to stay, or haven’t been able to secure a big enough truck for your long distance voyage, rent a storage unit. You can load it up with your furniture and boxes. This will dramatically decrease your stress levels.
By following these tips and staying focused, you are bound to have a successful (and not stressful) move.
About the author: This article was written by Anthony Graves. Anthony started his career working for several different movers, and has been working in the Moving industry ever since. He is now a freelance moving consultant for Vanlines.com. His expert advice has helped many people lower the stress and hassle of moving.