Moving is a big step in your life, whether you’re moving across town or across the country. Add in the fact that you’re likely making the move to start a new career or a new school and it can be a recipe for stress. But a new home is something to be excited about and with a little planning, you can make moving less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are some tips to make the process as easy as possible.


  • Pack an overnight bag for your first few nights in your new place. For the first few days, if not weeks, that you’re living in your new place, lots of your essentials are going to be packed away. So save yourself the hassle of having to hunt for your toothbrush in the morning by packing an overnight bag with all your basics. Be sure to include toiletries, clothes for a few days, shoes, cell phone, tablet, and laptop chargers, as well as some snack foods to have on hand.
  • Keep all pet items packed together in an easily accessible place. Your pets are going to need the equivalent of an overnight bag too. Pack their food and water bowls, food, beds, leashes, and a few favorite toys in a box that you can access and unpack right away.
  • Pack your most important items in clear boxes. You’ll never get things unpacked as quickly as you’d like to, so it’s important that you’re able to find your most important items easily. Clothes that you wear frequently, kitchen items, and bathroom towels should all be stored in clear tubs so it’s easy to find them.
  • Label, label, label. You can’t overstress the importance of labeling. Even when you’re using clear plastic tubs for important items, you may not be able to see everything that’s in them. Be sure to mark on the outside of each box exactly what it contains. If you’re moving a whole family, mark each person’s initials on the box. You don’t want to open a box in search of socks one day just to find out that they’re someone else’s socks, and you have no idea where your own box is.
  • Number your boxes. If you number your boxes according to which ones are the most important, you’ll know what you need to unpack first when you start moving. For instance, towels might be more important to unpack than your DVD collection.
  • When moving boxes in, place boxes in the room where the contents belong. Instead of just creating one giant pile of boxes in the living room, which will look impossible to tackle, carry each box to the room its contents belong in. This will make it easier to know where things are before you’re completely unpacked and will also keep you from having to sort boxes as you’re unpacking later.
Moving box

Moving box

  • Defrost your refrigerator the day before you move it. Nobody wants to get ready to move their fridge and realize the freezer’s still frosted over. Defrost the day before so that you’ll be ready to move it when the time comes.
  • Leave pets and kids with Grandma. It’s usually easier to leave small children and pets with a family member or babysitter on the day of the move. It’s one less thing to worry about and having the house already somewhat set up for them when they arrive will make it less stressful on them.