Is moving sending a rift through your otherwise perfect relationship? You should consider stress-free moving and storage.
Is there any wonder that divorce and moving are two of the most stressful life events we may go through? The only other more stressful thing I can think of is major sickness, or making a weekly deadline for a storage and moving blog.
Moving and packing in Hudson is only made more difficult by the narrow streets, and even narrower stair cases. Oh yeah, and some of the highest housing costs in the nation. After moving about 6 times in the last 3 years, including two 2000 mile moves, I can finally say I have a little bit of experience in the moving and storage industry.
3 points learned:
- Declutter: get rid of as much stuff as possible. Knick-knacks, items of almost no value and things easily replaceable. When I see a full moving truck backing into the storage warehouse, there is almost always a layer of ‘flotsam’ on top of the boxes. The last minute things that can’t be categorized into a box, or required no special packing because you didn’t care if it broke or fell off the truck. These are the items to be jettisoned.
- Get organized: Much of the stuff we trip over every day, or that clogs up our walls or closets, are seasonal items. Closets can be cut in half by organizing into summer and winter. The same goes for toys. A simple binary system can cut your clutter in half! The garage is a great place to store items, but it would be nice to put the car in there too. You should look into renting an offsite storage space. Box everything, and number the boxes. Keep a detailed spreadsheet of what is in each box for easy reference. I like to imagine how easy it would be for someone else to go into my storage unit and find an item that I am looking for. Would they have to empty the entire unit to find it?
- Hire movers. Not just any craigslist movers. Find a reliable moving company, that is the right mix of fast, careful, and a good price. I really think in most cities, dealing with parking, traffic and any sort of heavy lifting, is not worth your time. You’ll save a few dollars going the DIY route, but on your death bed you will wish you spent more time with your children/loved ones/dog.
Stress free moving and storage. It’s not impossible, and it’s not that expensive.