Tips to Take the Stress Out of Moving and Decorating Your New Place

Tips to Take the Stress Out of Moving and Decorating Your New Place
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    After months of planning, saving, and searching, you’ve finally found your new home. All that’s left to do is for you to start packing and move into your new place.

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If you’ve ever had to relocate before, you’re probably aware of how stressful it can be at times. Remembering the various tasks, packing everything just right, and even unpacking once you arrive at your new place is enough to make you want to pull your hair out. Though you might experience a few bumps along the way, these tips should make moving and transitioning into your new place a lot easier to manage.

Before the Move

1.  Write Everything Down
Before you start packing things up, the best thing to do for a stress free move is to write everything that needs to be done down. Having a moving checklist of sorts helps you to stay on task and remember everything you have to complete. If you’re more of a digital person, there are plenty of task keeping or note taking applications that you can easily download on your phone to help you remember everything.

2.  Set a Budget
You may not realize this but moving is going to cost you, and if you’re not careful you could end up spending way more than you anticipated. Sit down and figure out exactly how much you have to spend on moving so that you can find services in a reasonable price range.

3.  Hire a Moving Company
If you really want to take the stress out of moving it is probably a good idea to hire a moving company to do the heavy lifting for you. Depending on the type of movers you choose to work with, they can provide services that include packing, loading, and unpacking at your new place. This is why you really want to have a budget so that you can see what types of services you can afford.

4.  Get Rid of the Clutter
One way to save money and minimize the stress of moving would be to get rid of anything you don’t want. Since moving companies generally charge by the size of the load, if you can minimize the amount of things you need to take with you, this will save you money in the end. Many people decide to have a yard sale to earn some extra cash for their move.

5.  Color Code Your Boxes
If you don’t want to be consumed with figuring out where everything belongs in your new home, then you should probably have a labeling system when packing the boxes. Color coding is a great way to do this as you don’t have to write anything down. They have colored packing tape you could use to do this. Blue might mean the living room, green for the dining room, yellow for the kitchen, and so on. Make sure that you make your labeling system known to the movers and anyone else helping you move so they don’t place the boxes in the wrong area.

6.  Pack an Overnight Bag
Unless you plan on digging through boxes to find the things you need right away, it is probably best that you pack an overnight bag. This should include important paperwork along with a pair of clothes, pajamas, and any personal hygiene essentials. If you have children, pack their favorite toys as well. When you arrive at your new place you won’t have to worry about trying to find things you need amidst all the boxes.

Settling in and Decorating Your New Home

So the move is over and now you’re left with tons of boxes and a blank canvas that will eventually be called your new humble abode. Below are a few suggestions on how to settle in and decorate your new space:

1.  Paint the Walls First
If you’re interested in painting any rooms in your home you want to do this before you start unpacking. Since everything is in boxes already, you won’t need to lay plastic down all over the place to protect your personal items.

2.  Play Around with Furniture Placement
When it comes to the layout of your living space, play around with it until you feel comfortable. While you might think that the only place for the couch is flush up against the wall, this is not always true. Try moving the couch on an angle and see how you like it.

3.  Unpack One Room at a Time
After the paint has dried and you’ve had your furniture arranged the way you want it, begin unpacking the boxes one room at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed. Place things where they fit best.

4.  Accessorize
Depending on how much stuff you brought with you from your old home, you may not need this final step. However, if you want to switch up the décor a bit and make the home look fresh, then once you’ve got everything unpacked you’re ready to add some home décor accessories to the rooms. Look for things that suit your personality and overall style. You don’t have to do this all at once as you can always add accessories as you find them.

That’s all there is to it. It’s probably a lot easier said than done, but by following this plan and sticking to it, you should have no major difficulties with your move. Don’t forget most importantly, when transitioning into your new place to take your time. Trying to rush the process will certainly have you overwhelmed before you know it.

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