Packing For One: 6 Moving Tips For Single-Women«« Move For Hunger Resources September 28, 2016 | 10:56 am |
The process of moving can be stressful for anyone. When facing it alone, the thought of it is downright daunting, especially if you’re a single woman. There are certain physical limitations and safety issues you have to be concerned with. And most, if not all, of the responsibility is on you. Below are a few tips to help you prepare for your move.
Check It Off
Make a master list of all the items that have to get done. You may not realize everything from the start, so make sure to carry that list with you and add to it as the thought occurs to you. At the top of the list, should be making arrangements for switching over all your utilities and contacting the post office with your new address. As you work through your list, nothing feels better than checking it off once it has been completed.
Time It Right
Do not wait until last minute to start packing. Give yourself an adequate amount of time. Set a schedule for you to follow each day or week. And if you have someone coming over to help, make sure you have whatever they will be working on, ready to go. For example, if their task is packing up the kitchen cabinets, have boxes and newspapers/bubble wrap ready. Also, remember to take into account time to properly clean both the place you are leaving and new place you’re moving into.
Plan It Out
Pack room-by-room, it will make the whole process less overwhelming. Group like items together. Label your boxes accordingly and remember not to overload them. You do not want to make it too heavy to lift. This type of organization makes the loading and unpacking much easier. Always keep essential items out until the very end. Make a carrying tote for them which you can bring with you from one room to another or to-and-from your car.
Get Rid Of It
When packing, really try to start consolidating. Over time, we tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. If you haven’t used it or worn it in the past six months to a year, get rid of it. This is the perfect opportunity for you to donate your unused items to those who need them. For a list of non-profit organizations where you can donate gently-worn/new clothing to, check out this article from Real Simple. Or if you have unopened, non-perishable food items, you can set them aside for a mover to bring to your local food bank.
Ask For Help
This is where friends and family come into play, or even a mover. You can’t do it all, so ask for help. Whether it’s for packing up a few boxes, driving over a car-load of items to your new place, or helping you lift the heavier items. For those you know, make it a party; offer some good music, food and liquor. If you are hiring a mover, make sure you do your research first. Get quotes and compare. Most reputable moving companies will give you an on-site quote rather than over the phone. The AMSA (American Moving & Storage Association) established the ProMover program which certifies that members have passed a background check and agreed to uphold their Code of Ethics.
Play It Safe
Once you are moved into your new place, for extra protection, you should probably change the locks. And take your time getting to know your neighbors. Do not let on right away that you are living alone. Also, make sure your walkways and entrances are well lit.