Moving, sure it can be a real “PAIN”, but here are some tips to avoid it becoming PAINFUL.
Take your time, get organized, and use all available help to avoid stress and injuries.
1. Get Rid of the Bulk
The less stuff you have, the less you will have to worry about packing up and moving. Before an expected move, inventory your belongings and sell or donate items you no longer want or need.
2. Get Organized
Consider how much time and effort will be needed for ALL aspects of your move (renting equipment, packing, deep cleaning, etc) so you can plan ahead and schedule necessary help. If you can, avoid leaving everything for the last minute. If you are frantic or stressed, you may be more likely to rush and injure yourself.
3. Make a Plan
Make sure there is a safe pathway to move the boxes out of your home. Items that go in the moving truck first, will be the last to come off of it. Separate the items you will need to access first so you won’t have to climb over a mountain of boxes to search for necessities.
4. Keep Kids and Pets Out of the Way
Surely, kids just want to help and pets like to be close to you, but having them underfoot when moving can be a safety hazard for both you AND them. Make arrangements for kids and pets to be elsewhere on moving day(s).
5. Don’t Overpack
Make sure that you are able to safely lift and carry your boxes and that they aren’t too big or too heavy. Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes or items may shuffle around or get broken in transit. Pack like items together and label them to avoid unnecessary extra steps.
6. Lift properly
Use proper lifting techniques so muscles are not strained or overworked.
This means carrying boxes close to the trunk of your body and not overhead or on your shoulders. Take slow cautious steps with the big stuff and only carry one box at a time.
7. Use a Dolly
Using a dolly for heavy items like furniture balances the weight and the wheels make it much easier to move. Use straps to secure items that may topple over. Make sure you are able to see over the loaded dolly and always push it (rather than pull) keeping your back straight and your knees slightly bent.
8. Dress for the Job and Weather
Wear loose comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes with good traction to avoid slips and falls or scratches/scrapes. Check upcoming weather conditions to dress and plan accordingly.
9. Take Breaks/Stretch
Keep your body fueled, hydrated, and limber. Allow for extra time to stop and take breaks as moving is hard work!
10. Get Some Help
Few moves are small enough for one person to handle alone. See if friends or family can help and know your limitations. Have a health condition or previous injury make it unsafe to pitch in?
Leave lifting/carrying for others or hire professionals. Keeping yourself safe and healthy is worth it!