Did you know that the most popular time to move is in the summer months from June to August?

You may be thinking about moving and re-furnishing your new home, whether it be a rental or a new home purchase. Everyone has to move at some point, and it tends to be one of the top causes of life stress.

Maybe you got a new job and you have to relocate, or perhaps you have aging parents who you need to move closer too, or maybe your lease at your rental is up and you’re ready to make the plunge into buying a new home.

We’ve come up with some moving tips to help you spruce up your new place!

Keep reading below to find some tips on making your move and furnishing your new space as easy as possible.

1. Begin going through your clutter and other items that are not necessities and create several piles where you want them to go. For example, make a donate list, a garage sell list, and a keep list. A good rule of thumb is to donate or discard anything that hasn’t been used in the past 6 months or doesn’t fit you anymore other than seasonal items such as clothing or holiday décor that can’t be replaced.

2. If you’re dead set on keeping some of your items, rent a storage unit and begin to move things into it about a month before you move if it’s things you won’t need or be using right away.

3. Begin a search for movers a couple months or more in advance and book a date or an estimated date for your move. This will help you set a goal for packing things up and getting rid of things if you know when you’re expected to move. One of the worst things you can do when moving is try to call and book a mover too late and see that they’re booked out for months in advance. The spring and summer months are usually the busiest, so the sooner you book for those months, the better!

4. Think about your furniture essentials and what you may need to purchase to upgrade your space. Writing a list of the different rooms in your house and what furniture you may want to put in them is helpful for organizing and ensuring you have everything for each room. It can also be fun, especially when you’re thinking about purchasing new stuff to make your home look it’s best! Putting your priority on high traffic areas in your home is a good place to start narrowing down what you may need.

5. Start packing rooms that aren’t used as frequently first. Guest bedrooms, extra bathrooms, or any room you don’t spend as much time in should be the first you pack up. Save your kitchen and bathrooms for last, as those tend to be used the most.

6. Clearly label all of your boxes by room and include an “open me first” box that has essential items you need for your first night in your new place such as toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste, prescription medications, shower stuff, towels, hand soap, kid and toddler supplies such as diapers, wipes and extra outfits, and any other items you think you may need for your first day or two in your new home.

7. Make a moving supply kit that includes: sharpie markers, box cutters, garbage bags, Ziploc bags for small items, cleaning spray, and paper towels.

Following these tips will help ensure a successful and minimally stressful move to your new home! Happy House-hunting!

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