stress free movingMoving to a new place can be exciting and fun, but also a little stressful. Here are a few moving tips to help lessen the burden. Remember: don’t feel nervous, plan, and organize.

1. Don’t Move Everything

You have probably collected some items over the years that have become outdated, broken, or no longer needed. Start fresh in your new home by using your move as an opportunity to organize your belongings and let go of the excess items. As you pack, decide what items you can donate, throw away, or sell. Call a charity to come pick up your gently used items before you move.

2. Find Supplies in Advance

Don’t go crazy trying to buy all the moving supplies you need. You can save some cash and stress by looking online at local sites or posting on facebook. Your neighbors and friends probably have gently used moving boxes and other tools you may need.

Collect old newspapers and plastic shopping bags a few weeks in advance to use for your move. These can be used to pad boxes and as a layer between items if needed. Rather than pack all your towels and sheets in one box, use these to pad fragile items. Packing and padding with the same item is a resource saver!

3. Keep Essential Items Handy

You probably won’t have time to unpack all of your items the first night in your new home. Keep a couple days worth of clothes and toiletries accessible to use in the meantime.

Pack a suitcase full of essential items for each family member like you are going on vacation. This way, you can live out of your suitcase until everything is unpacked. You don’t want to have to dig around a bunch of boxes for your toothbrush, clean socks, or pajamas!

4. Use Self-Storage Centers

It can be difficult to move all of your belongings to your new location in one day. To reduce the stress of making sure everything gets there safely, store some items in a storage unit. If you have more than you can take in one trip, consider keeping your belongings in a storage unit until you can collect them.

If you are moving in or around Berks county, DAK Self Storage can ensure your personal belongings stay safe and secure. We offer high quality outdoor units and climate controlled indoor units at affordable rates in Leesport, PA.