4 Tips to Save Time and Reduce Stress During Your Next Move

Not only will being organized help you pack faster, it will also streamline the unpacking process at your new place.

Moving is an exciting time as you look forward to settling into your new home sweet home. However, it's also a stressful time as you try to move your belongings from one place to another, as well as set up all the services you need, such as mail, cable and internet.

Before you get stressed, take a deep breath and know that in a few simple steps, you can save time while making your move easier. Here are some top tips and tricks to take the stress out of moving so you can look forward to settling into your new home:

• Sort and label boxes wisely: Not only will being organized help you pack faster, it will also streamline the unpacking process at your new place. Label boxes by item type and and room. For example, one box might be labeled "kitchen: pots and pans" while another might be labeled "master bedroom: shoes." You might also consider using colored markers for each room type or adding a shape, such as a star or triangle, for easy visual sorting. Don't forget a box for donations to charity with items you no longer use.

• Keep clothes hanging: It's a pain to have to unhang clothes, fold and then rehang on hangers when you unpack. Instead, when clothes are still in your closet, group by four or five and use a garbage bag to protect and hold them together. Open the plastic bag and insert clothes from the bottom up, then tie the top around the hangers. Voila! Grouped, protected and ready to move.

• Use technology to your advantage: Your smartphone is a great tool for keeping up with move to-do's since you always have it with you. Utilize text reminders from services related to your move. 

• Keep important documents with you: Whether you're moving by yourself or hiring movers, there are plenty of boxes that need to make it from point A to point B. A few things should never be in those boxes, mostly because they aren't worth the risk of getting lost or damaged. These include personal documents such as birth certificates, bank records and wills. These should be kept with you in a safe spot at all times.

Moving can be hectic, but these five tips will help limit the chaos and simmer the stress so you can worry less and be excited more. Remember, enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

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