moving tipsMoving to a new home in a new city can be overwhelming and a bittersweet moment. You’re leaving behind potentially years of good and bad memories, friends and family, and your favorite hangout spots. But before you get to reinvigorate your life and discover new versions of these things, you’re stuck packing up all of your old stuff, which can be very stressful in the short term. The good news is that with a few simple steps you can negate much of this stress and get on with the better parts of your moving adventure.

First, you’ll need to get the packing supplies. Generally this includes packaging tape, trash bags, a marker, a roll of bubble wrap and a bunch of boxes that have various shapes and sizes. If you’re packing liquor, beer or cooking supplies it’s recommended you swing by a local liquor store to snag a few boxes with divided inserts. These will keep your cooking supplies and alcohol nice and snug during the move.

Before you actually start loading things into boxes make sure you’re wearing the correct attire for the season you’re moving in and the items you’re packaging. If you adorn yourself in tight-fitting clothing it prevents shirts and pants from getting snagged on furniture causing you to drop whatever you’re carrying while shuffling around the room. Likewise, be sure to dress appropriately for the season, so you don’t overheat or freeze, but keep protective clothing in mind. Shorts in the summer are nice, but one stray nail can slice your leg open easily enough.

Now the actual task of putting things in boxes has arrived. If you’re on a time sensitive deadline to get everything packed, then partake in one of the simplest options, which is to grab a large trash bag, choose a room, and then begin filling the bag with items you either don’t want or don’t need. It’s natural for internal debates to sprout about whether you need something or not. To solve this, ask yourself if you’ve used it in the last three months. Yes? Keep it. No? In the bag it goes. Once you’ve filled up this bag, and assuming there is no literal trash inside, donate the bag to a local Goodwill or Salvation Army, or charity of choice. Repeat this process once a day and, before you know it, you’ll be ready to pack what possessions you actually want to keep.

When you’re getting to the end of packing, don’t forget to pack up an essentials kit. These items will be the last things you remove from your current home, and the first items you unpack in your new residence.  Typically an essentials kit will include everything you might want throughout the next few days. These are often “cleaning supplies, two or more rolls of toilet paper, a frying pan, a few paper plates and plastic utensils, sheets for all the beds, and anything else you will need the first couple days in your new place,” according to unclutter.com.