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Moving? Follow these simple steps to make things easier

Posted June 5

Boxes galore. Stuff to organize. Junk to throw out.

Moving isn't easy, but there are simple ways to make things a bit easier:

  • Don't bother moving things you don't want in your new home. Sell it at a garage sell or online.
  • Planning and measuring ahead can also help. Make sure your big sofa, huge entertainment center or other large furniture will fit through the doorways of your new place.
  • Don't ever move food. A month before you move, stop buying frozen foods and eat what's in your refrigerator or freezer.
  • Use empty suitcases, baskets and hampers for bulky or heavy items such as bedding or books.
  • A week before you move, get in touch with the U.S. Postal Service and fill out your change of address information. You can set the date you want your mail to start forwarding.
  • When unpacking, assign each room unique colored stickers, put them on the sides of boxes and make a chart for your movers.
  • Take a picture of the back of your electronics to make reconnecting them easier. Put loose remotes in a plastic bag and tape it to the corresponding unit. The same goes for anything you take apart. Keep all the pieces with the item they came off.
  • Pack anything you'll need right way in a separate bin or bag, and move it yourself. This includes valuables, baby and pet items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and your bedding.

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