So you’ve finally gone through the process of buying your dream house in Washington DC, and now all you have to do is pack your things. Chances are you’re thrilled about being able to move, but the anxiety of packing everything up can be overwhelming. How can you do it all by yourself? Who is going to help you move everything? And more importantly, where do you start?

A Plan Puts Everything in Motion

The trick here is not to look at moving on a large scale, but to break it down into smaller tasks that your brain can handle. Thinking too far ahead or trying to think of the larger task at hand could cause you to become overwhelmed and stressed out before you even pack your first box. So start with a step by step plan.

  • Set your date and hire DC Movers to assist you
  • Obtain packing supplies and pace yourself
  • Rid your home of all unnecessary junk and pack

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Set Your Moving Date and Hire Professional Movers

The first order of business is to set a date and hire some movers to help transport your items to your new place. When selecting a moving date, this Washington DC moving company suggests you do so wisely. You should consider factors such as the season and weather conditions as well as the time of year as it relates to personal circumstances (i.e. end of a school year for children).

Once you’ve got a date in mind, you can then search for local moving companies that service the Washington DC area. Be sure to do your homework by checking out consumer reviews and the various services they offer to add convenience. Also request an estimate so you can get an idea of how much the move will cost.

Get Your Packing Supplies and Pace Yourself

Some moving companies have moving supplies that you can purchase from them for a convenient rate. You will likely need multiple boxes, package tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers so that everything can be protected and properly labeled for the movers.

There is no way you’re going to get your entire house packed up in one day, so don’t wait until the last minute. A great tip would be to get a calendar and mark your moving date. Count how many days you have until moving day. Then count how many rooms you have to pack. If you have 6 rooms and 6 weeks to pack, then you would have about a week to pack each room.

Don’t Pack Junk – De-Clutter Instead

If you have a closet full of clothes that you don’t wear anymore, or a basement filled with junk that you’ve collected over the years, why take it with you to your new home? Essentially, it is best to go ahead and sort through those things and only keep what you’re really going to use. Everything else can be donated, thrown away, or sold through a yard sale for some extra cash.

After you’ve gotten rid of the unnecessary junk, you’re ready to begin packing. Unless you want to play “Guess what’s in the box” when you arrive at your new place, it is ideal for you to make sure that you label everything clearly. Make sure your handwriting is legible and on all four sides of the box so that you and the movers can see it.

Moving does not have to be as stressful as some would have it to be. It simply requires a great plan of action, reliable movers or support, and organization from beginning to end. So pace yourself, and in just a few weeks, you’ll be unpacking your belongings in your new place; which of course is another topic for another day.