Moving? Try These Tips to Make It Easier

Did you know that moving ranks as one of the most stressful life events?

It’s no wonder when you think of all that’s involved—such as the physical exertion, planning, time, disruption and expense. Then throw in the uncertainty about your new home, and the angst about leaving your current one. And if you have children, you have to contend with their unique concerns, too.

But, it’s not all bad. Moving can be part of an exciting chapter in your life—a chance to start over, meet different people, begin a new job, or embark on an exciting, new adventure.

No matter how you feel about your move, you can make the process go more smoothly and easily by getting organized. Here are some tips to help you plan and be more confident about your moving days ahead.

Before Moving Day

Think of your move as an opportunity to declutter. Has it been longer than a year since you’ve worn or used an item? Chances are you won’t use it next year, either. So, consider selling or donating it.

- Pack by room using color-coded Avery Removable Moving Labels. The labels designate a color for each room—for instance, gray for the kitchen—so you can organize your boxes for each room in your home by color. And with our five-sided labeling system, you can label your boxes on all four sides and the top, so you can spot a label from any angle (a plus when dealing with crowded spaces).

- List the contents of each container and record that number on a room-by-room master list. These handy inventory sheets are included in each package of our Moving Labels. Just tack the finished lists on the walls of your new home, to help guide movers as to which box goes where.

- Start by packing non-essentials, such as out-of-season items. After all, you won’t be using that parka in July.

- Call attention to delicate items with colorful wrapping before placing them in a box. When possible, keep some space in your car to transport smaller, fragile or sentimental belongings.

- Store all moving paperwork in a single, secure spot, such as an Avery Heavy-Duty Binder. Include items such as receipts, insurance documents, contact numbers, a list of valuables, and the master list that tracks each container. Use customizable Avery Index Maker Dividers to separate this information. The dividers can be labeled from front or back for easier reference using templates on Avery Design & Print Online. This is an easy-to-use software program that allows you to create divider tabs from start to finish.

- Make that first night in your new home less chaotic. Pack an overnight bag with essentials, such as medications, toiletries and a change of clothes. (And anything else that lessens the stress of the move…we’ll leave that up to you.)

Moving Day

- Stick an inventory sheet on the wall of each room in your new home. Include the label numbers of every container that belongs in that room. (Avery Removable Moving Labels contain ready-made inventory sheets.)

- Make sure the last items loaded on the truck are the first things you want to unload such as kitchen and bathroom items. Or maybe a big-screen TV.

- Post a large furniture floor plan just inside the main entryway to guide movers (and eliminate a lot of questions).

- Stuff a picnic basket full of munchies and beverages for the long day ahead.

After Moving Day

- Let family, friends and colleagues know your new address with Avery Postcards that announce your move. Or maybe send them a housewarming party invitation. Feeling inspired? Show off your creativity using Avery Design & Print Online. Choose from a variety of pre-designed and blank templates, and personalize your invites or announcements with your photos and text.

- Don’t forget to inform organizations you do business with—such as banks, creditors, utilities and even the DMV—about your new address, too.

- Develop new Return Address Labels via Avery Design & Print Online for your business or personal correspondences. Save your design so you can print more when you need them.

While moving is a challenge, it can also be a gateway to a better life. Hopefully these tips will make your move go more smoothly—and help you settle into your new life sooner.