Whether you’re planning a move that keeps you in Manhattan or you’re heading out of the city, you know it’s a production. Your smartphone is your best friend when you’re moving. Contained in one device is the tech you need to make your big move simple:
A Camera: Take photos of your furniture, electronics and other large household items before the movers come. You want these pictures to be clear and show the condition of the item. This is good documentation to have. Streamline the unpacking process by snapping a picture of what’s in each box before you shut and seal it.
A Calendar: Make use of your phone’s calendar feature or download a scheduling app that allows you to create alerts for important moving deadlines, such as the day you need to call the moving company to schedule service – ideally, at least a week to ten days in advance – as well as the day by which everything needs to be packed and of course your actual move. Some people prefer to schedule marathon moving sessions, where they pack the entire household at once over the course of several hours, while others opt to break the job into several smaller sessions. Either way, block out the time you’ll need to complete your move: this will help you avoid overcommitting.
The Power to Text: Moving is a big job. Get people to help you. Recruit friends, family members, and anyone else you can think of who might be willing to lend a hand. Pro tip: people are much more likely to be able to help if you ask them for assistance with a specific task. It’s easier to say yes to “Can you help me pack my computer and TV up safely?” than “Do you want to come over and help me move?”
Access to Distractions: Packing and moving can be stressful. On the day of the big move, schedule short breaks throughout the process. It’s good for your body and your mind to stop for five to ten minutes every two hours or so. Use this time to distract yourself from the job at hand – catch some funny cat videos or see what your friends are up to on social media. But don’t distract yourself for too long: use your phone’s timer function to ensure your ten-minute break doesn’t turn into two hours!