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Ahh moving day, everyone hates moving day. Even if you’re exciting, you’ll need tips on how to survive moving day. It’s a long slog, you’ve probably been preparing for an extended length of time, packed and stacked and shoved and placed items in corners of the place you live now. And amidst all that you have to (usually) get up early and tackle a day of heavy lifting. Phew.
But don’t you worry your pretty little head about it. We, as always, have your back on this one. We have some surefire tips for surviving moving day like a pro. Tips that will keep you fueled up, motivated and on top of your game from start to finish. Let’s get this ball rolling; how to survive moving day, go!
The night before try to get to bed early and rest up. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve thought it was a good idea to have a big night before moving myself or someone I know I could have hired a removalist. It’s not a good idea. It hurts. It hurts really, really, really badly. So don’t do it. Get a good night sleep and wake refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Most people I know who tackle moving a lot do it by starting early. Set your alarm, kick off the day right with some breakfast and a shower, lace up those trainers and it is go time. The earlier you start, in theory, the earlier you should finish, and that’s good news for everyone involved.
In our family moving is always a one in, all in concept. When one of us moves, we all show up. That is the rule because if you don’t show up when your time comes, how can you expect others to do the same for you? You can’t. They might still do it because they’re cool, but they don’t HAVE to. So hopefully you’ve stored yourself up some good moving day karma and can call in the troupes. If you’re the first of your friendship group or family to move out, remind them what goes around comes around (and mean it).
You’re going to need a good breakfast, great snacks, a decent lunch and a kick butt dinner. If you are moving an entire house of furniture, you’ll be burning off some energy. Take it from someone who has been involved in more than one high-summer move, you’ll need even more than that if you’re moving in the heat or extreme weather. Plan for meals, make sure you’re well hydrated and look after yourself.
Make sure all your furniture and boxes are ready to go when people arrive. There is nothing worse (my sister did this once) than people arriving and having to help you pack. It doesn’t work for you because things get lost or handled badly, and it doesn’t work for the whole process. If you’re prepared then the day is more likely to go smoothly.
When it comes to moving your stuff into the new house, you need to have a plan. Do you intend just to put all the items in the garage or living room and sort it out later? Do you plan to put the boxes into the rooms they are going to go into? Whatever your idea, make that clear as soon as you arrive at the new place, make sure boxes are labelled and be available to direct items of furniture into the correct locations.
Moving day sucks. Did I mention that before? It kind of does. So what you need to do at the end of a hard day of work is to buy pizza and a few beers (or beverage of choice) for your moving crew. Then you lounge about, usually on your floor, and enjoy them. Finishing this way is the perfect way to say thank you, to christen your new house and to avoid having to find your pots and pans for one more night.
Moving day, love it or loathe it?
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.