Moving for the first time is exciting! After all, you are going out into the world on your own and in your own living space! While moving may feel like an exciting prospect, preparing for a move can be challenging, especially for those who have never moved. If you’re moving for the first time and you don’t know where to start, have no fear! Getting organized early and following these moving tips from your local movers with UF Mover Guys can help make your first move (and any that follow) much easier and hassle-free.
Start Packing Early
One of the best ways to minimize stress for first-time movers is to give yourself plenty of time to plan and pack ahead of moving day. The earlier you begin, the better. You can start by packing up specific areas or items you don’t often use, such as items in your closet, clothing you wear the least, decorative pieces, or books you won’t read until after moving day. This way, the majority of your living space will remain as normal as possible while making progress with packing. Commit yourself to packing a few boxes each day, and make sure to leave several boxes and packing materials for the items you will leave to pack until the last day, like your toiletries, favorite clothing items, and everyday dishware.
Pare Down Your Items
Packing is the best time to go through your belongings and purge the excess. Sorting through your possessions and being brutally honest with yourself can help you distinguish between the items you can’t live without from those you can leave behind. Designate a donation box (or several) and keep it separate from what you are taking with you. After you’ve sorted your things, you can then decide if you want to sell items of significant value to help fund your relocation, donate the items to a charity you like, and throw out items that can’t be reused.
Gather Moving Supplies
The process of packing requires a significant amount of packing supplies to help make the move as simple as possible. Having these items on hand will help make packing and organizing your belongings much easier, and it will also ensure your items arrive safely in your new living space. You will need moving boxes of all different sizes, scissors, permanent markers, heavy packing tapes, stickers, and paddings, such as newspaper, bubble wrap, or another form of packing insulation. If you’re unsure how many boxes you’ll need, take the time to assess the items you intend to pack and scale from there. In most cases, it’s better to gather more supplies than you think you will need, especially if this is your first time moving!
Pack Like A Pro
Even for those moving for the first time, there can be a lot of items that need to be wrapped properly and packed safely. In addition to padding purchasable for keeping your items safe in the moving boxes, you can use items you already have on hand, such as socks, towels, bedsheets, and other soft materials, to pad boxes containing fragile items like glassware and decorations. Blankets, comforters, pillows, and clothing can even be placed in a heavy-duty contractor bag, as these bags can fill in open spaces in a moving truck. Remember to pack your heaviest items, such as books, in small boxes so they are easier to carry. While you pack, make sure to label each box, bag, and bin with the contents and the destination room in your new place. This will help make it easier to organize your boxes based on where they should go in your living space and simplify the unpacking process.
Book Professional Moving Services
Our experienced Florida movers offer moving services to help make the process of moving simpler for those moving for the first time and those experienced with moves alike. If you’re looking for a professional, local moving company that can help simplify your relocation, then look no further than UF Mover Guys. We offer packing services, loading, unloading, and much more! Contact us today to schedule moving services!