Guide to a Stress-Free Move

Whether you are new to Hawaii or you are simply moving from one side of the island to another, you will certainly want to do everything you can to make the move as stress-free as possible. While there is no guaranteed method for eliminating stress completely, following these simple steps will help to make your move as smooth as possible.

Tip #1: Make a List

Before you start packing, you should make a list of all of the tasks that need to be completed for a successful move. Divide these tasks into weeks, being sure to give yourself enough time to complete each task before moving on to the next one. This will ensure you remember all that needs to be done while also staying on track to complete your move.

Tip #2: Buy the Right Supplies

Purchasing the right packing supplies will help to make the process of packing and unpacking a whole lot easier on moving day. In addition to obtaining an assortment of boxes, you should also obtain the following supplies:

  • Bubble Wrap: Ideally, perforated in 12-inch segments so you can safely pack your most delicate and fragile items.
  • Floor Runner: Applied directly to your carpet or floor, these self-adhesive and disposable runners help to keep your floor from being damaged as you move things out of your old home and into your new one.
  • Packing Paper: A 10-pound roll is sufficient for most people and it won’t leave smears or stains like newspaper.
  • Packing Tape: Clear packing tape will not only help you seal your boxes, but also ensures your labels will not be covered up.
  • Storage Pads: Similar in appearance to a blanket, storage pads help to protect items as they are being moved or placed into a storage unit.
  • Tape Gun: A tape gun can help you save time and frustration by ensuring the tape is always ready for use and easy to use.

Tip #3: Start Early

Once you know your moving date, it is best to begin the process of moving. Spreading the work over a longer period of time will help to prevent the mad rush of packing, which is not only stressful itself, but also makes you more likely to make mistakes resulting in damage or poorly labeled boxes. After all, the better you prepare your boxes as you pack them, the less stress you will feel when it is time to unpack them, too! Start the early packing process in your storage areas and in the rooms you use the least, saving your most used items to be the last that you pack.

Tip #4: Purge Unused Items

Packing for a move is a good time to unburden yourself of those things that you never use or that are no longer in good shape. Set aside some old boxes and bags to pack items to send off to the recycling center, second-hand store or junk disposal services. Items that you haven’t used for a year or more that do not have a sentimental value should be among the first to go.

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