The stress and chaos of moving can put pressure on even the most balanced relationship. Follow this simple moving checklist for married couples when you are preparing to move to make clearing clutter, cleaning a house and packing your belongings less emotionally and physically exhausting endeavors. As a married couple, it is important that you make a plan to maximize your efforts and minimize the strain when it comes time to pack your belongs, clean up the apartment and move everything out. Having a plan and some organization will make this process smooth sailing.
The Three Phases of Handling Clutter
- Three weeks before your move date start making way for the important stuff by identifying the “recycled clutter” in your home that can be recycled. Make a checklist of all the items that are “recycled clutter” this includes that piles of junk mail you’ve been meaning to go through, your massive pile of plastic grocery bags and piles of old newspapers and magazines.
- Two weeks before your move date make a list of the “clutter” in your home that are items you think you need, but you really don’t. This is where communication comes in. Your spouse can give you an honest opinion about whether you should keep hauling around that old punching bag you haven’t touched in two years, or that stack of old college text books you thought you needed but never looked at again. Make a list of all these questionable items and check them off throughout the week as either “keep” or “discard.” Then find a local charity or organization that collects items (if they are still usable and in good condition) and drop them off making more room in your space and getting you even more organized for your move.
- The final phase comes the week of moving, where parting with clutter can be a little painful, if only for sentimental reasons. Your move is going to be much easier if you don’t take two of everything. If you both have a favorite blender for smoothies, shouldn’t one per household be enough? Think of it this way; it can go to charity or into the yard sale to a new home and it’s one less unnecessary item that will be cluttering up your new home. Make a list of everything you have two of, and check it off as you decide which one goes away and which one comes along.
Delegate Tasks and Use Teamwork
Packing and cleaning are equally menial tasks and should be delegated evenly to dilute the misery. Make a list of everything that needs to be cleaned and everything that needs to be packed, and check off who gets what according to aptitude. Maybe cleaning the garage is for him, while cleaning the office up the is for her, or cleaning the kitchen is for him while packing up the electronics is for her. When there is a particularly fearsome job, it should be tackled by the two of you as a team. For example, cleaning out a basement or moving things down from an attic.
Know Your Limits
Boxes of stuff are one thing, but when it comes to moving heavy items like pianos and refrigerators, sometimes it is better to leave it to the professionals. Make a list of all of your really heavy or bulky things, and visit Unpakt to get a guaranteed price quote from professional moving companies who are well-equipped with the right tools and vehicles, and fully insured in case anything goes wrong.