Moving is a stressful time, we all know this. And a big part of what makes moving a stressful event is the packing. Why is packing so hard? In most cases, people are making a lot of mistakes. And they may be making these mistakes without truly knowing it. It is these mistakes that add to the stress level of moving and make it an experience that people do not want to repeat!

The key to having a move that is going to be one that is less stressful, one that you feel as though everything comes into place for you is obtainable. For one, be sure that you are working with a professional moving company like Quality Moving and Storage for your moving and packing needs. Secondly, be sure that you are not common packing mistakes that can make it harder to have a successful move.

Mistake #1: You are not planning ahead

Every move should have stages, and you should plan ahead for these stages. For those who are packing themselves, be sure that you have an idea of how you want to pack up your home several days in advance. Know what room what you want to start with, have the necessary supplies to get started, and the like. The more you plan, the more effective you are going to be.

Mistake #2: Underestimating your Time

We cannot tell you how many people underestimate just how long it will take to pack up their home and move. If you don’t give yourself enough time to pack your belongings, chances are you are going to have items that are broken since they were not packed appropriately. In addition, the less time that you have to pack, the more stressful you will find this move to be. We recommend starting the packing process several days in advance of your moving day, or even weeks if you have items that you can live without for a while.

Mistake #3: You Don’t Take Time to Declutter

There is no point in packing and moving those things that you no longer need or want. Take a day or two to simply declutter your home. You will find that the more stuff you can get rid of, the better (and cheaper) your move is going to be! A few rules to follow about decluttering:

1.  If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing for over a year…donate this!

2.  When it comes to the sentimental items that you have, pros offer this advice: keep those items that contribute to a memory, everything else can be tossed. For example, old birthday cards, even blurry photos that you really don’t look at it anymore anyways.

3.  If you have items that are large and are considered heirlooms, then maybe a storage unit is the better option. There are many people who cannot part with some things, yet they don’t want to move this into their new home. The solution is a storage unit for those items that you may want to keep, yet just don’t have the room for anymore.