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While moving may not be the easiest thing in the world, the process can be much less stressful when you have all of your ducks in a row leading up to the big day. In the weeks and months preceding your move, there are plenty of ways to stay organized and prepared.

Buy supplies in advance

Have packing supplies handy. If you plan on packing everything yourself, you'll need to organize your items into boxes. For this, you'll have to purchase the following supplies:
  • Boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker or labels
  • Bubble wrap
  • Garbage bags
Having all of these items handy when you're packing makes the process a lot easier. It will allow you to securely pack all of your belongings and organize everything in a way that makes sense to you.

Pack snacks for the move. If your move involves a long-distance drive, you'll want to have plenty of snacks and water on hand. When you think you've packed enough snacks, pack more.

Make sure your family and pets are comfortable. If you are transporting a pet during your move, then make sure you have everything it needs to be safe and comfortable. Bring a leash to take it out of the car at rest areas, and be sure you have a crate or bed to keep your animal secure while driving. Also, pack enough food and snacks for your pet so it stays healthy and well-behaved during your move.

Pack an overnight kit

Bring toiletries. Be sure you pack enough supplies for your entire family to survive a night or two in your new home. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • deodorant
  • razors
Pack necessary accessories. Prepare accordingly and keep phone chargers and laptop chargers in places you'll remember during the move. You may also want to bring headphones or portable DVD players for long-distance moves.

Make medications accessible. Keep aspirin handy just in case you get any headaches from the moving process (don't worry -- it's pretty common). Also, store prescription or allergy medications, as well as contact solution, in easy-to-find locations so you can access them during the move.

Bring paper towels and toilet paper. Pack enough toilet paper and paper towels for your entire family to use for a day or two in the new house. Again, making these items easily accessible is the best way to go.

Get help

Ask your family and friends. If you believe you can complete all aspects of your move without professionals, then go ahead and ask some friends or family members for help. This is the more cost-effective option, especially when it comes to local moves that don't involve a lot of heavy lifting or awkwardly shaped objects. Of course, remember to feed your helpers and keep them hydrated throughout the process. Also, be prepared to help them move at some point in the future because at least one of them will almost inevitably ask you to return the favor.

Hire a moving company. If your move involves heavy items or covers a long distance, you may want to get quotes from professional movers. Hiring a moving company for your move will take a lot off your plate. With professional help, you'll only have to worry about getting you and your family to the destination because your furniture and boxes will already be taken care of. If this seems like the better option, then you can get a free quote today!

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on October 17, 2014

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