Moving out of a toxic home is now much easier, thanks to all the apps and communities that help look out for you. The march of technology lets you leave your unhappy home, apartment, or community in favor of a much happier and more welcoming environment.
If you want to make your goodbyes easy, breezy, and stress-free, here are some amazing survival suggestions to do before, during, and after.
1. Plan ahead
How early should you be planning on leaving? It really depends on how much time you think you can go before you think of giving up. The longer you stay in one place, the harder it is to turn your back on it.
If there’s plenty of furniture, work, and personal items to take at a long distance, then three months is a good minimum. If you absolutely need to make any repairs or changes such as replacing the flooring with marine ply, do it before you start bringing in boxes.
2. Keep an inventory
Speaking of packaging, it’s important to keep a simple and easy to navigate inventory of your belongings, especially electronics and breakables. Small items like cutlery, collectibles, and arts and craft supplies should be tightly packaged in either boxes or paper, so they don’t get scattered on the way.
You can place them in a single box and stick a list of the items per container, so you know which ones to prioritize. Bigger items that can’t be wrapped up or put back in their box, such as televisions and computers, should ideally be in the main vehicle or in your own car.
3. Prioritize your packages
Now that you have your items all boxed up and listed, it’s time to decide which ones should go to the new place first. Anything that’s perishable and can’t be consumed before leaving or along the way should be on top of your list.
Personal items that are significant to you should also go with you first. If you have work, don’t leave it behind at any point in the move. Make sure it’s easy to spot these items or boxes by marking them with a specific color or easy-to-read names.
4. Be nice
It goes without saying that you’ll need plenty of help along the way. From best friends, family members that you can trust, to the people helping you move, you’ll have everyone working to bring you closer to your next home.
Thank them properly — leave a generous tip for the movers, and trust everyone to do their job in the best possible way. You can feel more confident in your move when you’ve chosen the right company to hire. Remember to check them for character references and reviews.
If you’ve prepared for this big step all the way, you can rest assured that any bumps on the road — pun intended — can be met with a contingency plan. Remember to keep a record of your items, tip your movers well, get plenty of rest, and keep your mind focused on moving in.