First things first, the big day is going to get on your nerves no matter what. Accept that upfront and realize it is okay to feel overwhelmed at moments, but also accept that you are prepared and can handle anything! Hopefully you’ve packed and planned well and are all ready go. This day is exciting and a million and one things are happening, but you can handle it. There are a few things you can do to help this day go a little better.
I’m not a morning person IN THE SLIGHTEST, but I do know that the earlier you get going on your moving day, the better. We’ve always had whoever was going to help us move come as early in the day as possible. One of the main reasons is that the temperatures are so much cooler in the morning than they are in the afternoon. Take advantage of the cooler hours of the day. I recommend 6 a.m. as start time. It’s painful for me to get up and be ready by then, but I’m always thankful in the afternoons that the worst of the move is over before that hot sun is so high in the sky.
When you do kick off your day (and hopefully it is early in the morning) make sure you are ready to get going when the people who are helping you move arrive. People don’t want to help you pack boxes or wait around for you to make decisions. Be as ready as possibe to load the moving vehicles when they pull up. My parents drilled this rule into me when I was moving out of my college dorm rooms. The rule worked though. My moves always went much faster and easier than some of my classmates who still had books on shelves and stuff hung on the walls.
Keep your “great big bag of everything” nearby as well as your cell phone and your keys. Never let your keys out of your sight. It is quite easy for a set of keys to fall off of a table and into a box which is then shoved into a trunk of a car and not to be seen for hours. Am I’m speaking from experience, perhaps…so take my word for it—don’t lose your keys or your phone.
Have a plan in place for your kiddos and your pets. My last movers told me horrible stories about frightened cats that get packed into moving boxes or dogs that bolt down the street due to all of the commotion. I’ve kept my dog in the backyard before and told people not to mess with her. (She’s a sensitive one.) Most people I’ve met have put their pets in a guest bathroom and labeled the door “do not enter…animals inside” or something similar. For your kids, I’d recommend them going to a friend’s house for the day or having a trusted friend hang around for the sole purpose of watching your kids. Having your kids and pets taken care of will give you a little peace of mind when there is so much chaos going around.
Be flexible and ready to me decisions on the spot. People will expect answers to their questions, so go with your gut and give them answers. Things can always be moved around later or fixed, so just give them an answer and go with. This is especially true when it comes to furniture placement. Hopefully you already have a plan in place for furniture, but if not, go with your gut. Couches are heavy.
Lastly, I say to take care of your moving crew. It doesn’t matter if they are friends, family or hired—you should set up refreshments for them and make sure they are well taken care of. I recommend having a disposable cooler full of beverages on hand all day. Be prepared to feed people as well. Have some snacks around and provide any meals that occur during your moving day. Bagels and fruit are perfect for breakfast, giant subs are great for lunch and of course pizza is a classic go-to meal. On hot days, have a portable fan set up and a tent for shade. You don’t want anybody getting sick while helping you out. I’m sure people will appreciate it more than you think.
Again, that’s a lot of information to be thrown at you, but just trust me! All of this is helpful and will pay off. A lot of thinking, communicating, and planning goes into a move and you need to go with the flow. I’m not so much a “go with the flow” kind of person, so all of this planning helps. I’ve had repeat helpers with my many moves, so I’ve decided to take that as a compliment that many planning has made a daunting task of moving a little more bearable.