5 Things to Make Moving Day Survivable

December 5, 2018

Moving is hard work, no matter the distance, the size of the home, or the number of helpers. Here are a few helpful hints to make the big day a little more bearable.



  1. Pack a Prep Box. Your prep box should be the first thing you open when you get to the new house. Some of the items it should contain include:
  • Toilet paper / Paper towels
  • Sponge / All-purpose cleaner and glass cleaner
  • Shelf liner / Furniture mover pads
  • Tape measure / Cordless screwdriver
  • Hammer / Picture hanging kit
  • Bottled water, snacks, pet food
  • Paper plates, cups and disposable utensils
  • Dish Soap and Hand Soap
  1. Plan for Your pets. The last thing you need on moving day is a stressed-out pup, or worse, one that escapes in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Make plans for your pets to spend the day with family or friends, a pet sitter, or boarding facility until you are ready to introduce them to their new home.
  2. Additionally, Make Your Bed. As soon as your beds come off the truck, put them together and make them up. Pack your sheets and towels in well-marked boxes so you know where they are. When you are ready to collapse at the end of the day, you’ll be thankful the beds are ready.
  3. Say Yes to Helpers. Sometimes it’s hard to accept extra help from family or friends if you aren’t sure what they can help with. Here are some ideas:
    • Lay shelf liner in the kitchen and bathrooms
    • Unpack and put away your kitchen items (you can rearrange later!)
    • Play with the kids, or take them to the park
    • Make up your beds, place towels in the bathrooms
    • Wipe down cabinets and counters
    • Break down packing boxes
    • Hang up clothes in closets
    • Organize tools and equipment in the garage
    • Pick up lunch or dinner
  4. Hire a Sitter. If you have little ones, they will be very excited about their new home, new rooms, and yard. They will want to be with you, but they will not be interested in unpacking boxes! Make plans for someone to be available just for them, so you can concentrate. A family member, friend or hired sitter can help them explore their new surroundings, build a box fort, or organize their toys in their new rooms without you worrying about where they are.

Written by: Debbie Ingram

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