Moving to a new home is exciting, but it’s also one of life’s main stress triggers due to all the work that has to be done in a short timeframe. While it’s probably never going to be the case that you’ll enjoy moving, there are several ways in which you can make the process easier on yourself.
1. Create a Schedule
Packing up and cleaning your home is a gigantic task, so it’s important to plan properly, which means mapping out your time well in advance. In addition to your moving date, set deadlines for specific tasks, such as packing up the spare bedroom or cleaning out your refrigerator. Be certain to leave yourself as much room for odd jobs as is feasible: The goal is to get as much cleaning done ahead of time while still having access to the comforts and necessities you need until you move to your new home.
2. Pack and Clean in Areas
Keep your work concentrated to one space at a time by setting cleaning and packing areas in your house. Make a list or draw a map of your home and number the rooms or areas in the order you want to get round to them. For example, list spare rooms or guest bathrooms first as these spots can be packed without upending your daily routines. Remember to clean as you go, taking the time to wipe down books, lamps and other bits and bobs before putting them away. If you’re not using a cleaning service, you’ll want to work from the top (cleaning cobwebs, ceiling fans and light fixtures) to the bottom (vacuuming, washing floors and wiping baseboards) in each room
3. Embrace the Opportunity to Downsize
As you’ll literally be going through every room in your home, a move-out cleaning is the perfect time to get rid of anything you don’t want or need anymore. Place a few empty boxes around your house and fill them with those items you haven’t used in months or the clothes that you forgot you owned until you started packing up your closet. Once they’re full, donate them or hold a garage sale. Additionally, go through paperwork and “the man drawer” and throw out anything that you don’t need.
4. Enlist Some Help
Packing is a much less daunting task if you have some extra hands and pleasant conversation, so offer your friends or relatives food and drinks in exchange for their time and efforts. Clearly, you might not want their help packing some of your more personal belongings, but a little assistance boxing up books, baking utensils or seasonal items in your garage can make a huge difference in your cleaning efforts.
5. Bring in the Professionals
Your time will likely be limited, especially if you’re a renter, and you can’t unload your moving van and clean your house at the same time. Save yourself all that stress and contact your local Merry Maids to see what home or apartment move-out cleaning services they offer. That way, you can focus on carrying those boxes, while housekeeping professionals take care of cleaning your former home, saving you time and — if you’re a renter — ensuring you don’t have to pay any clean-up fees from your security deposit.