Monday, November 13, 2017

Moving Day Checklist:

Keep a cool head with this list that does the thinking for you

To keep moving bedlam at a minimum, we’ve created this to-do list. Print out this page, and check off the tasks, item by item. Many of the items can be done ahead, so do yourself a favor and get organized the day before. Come moving day, you’ll be ready to supervise the whole affair, without worry or distraction.

Task One: Clearly Mark and Set Aside Items You Don’t Want Loaded

This will remind you to tell the driver what not to load as you conduct your preload walkthrough. Make sure your important paperwork pertaining to the move doesn’t get packed and shipped with your household goods.

Task Two: Pack Special Items for the Kids

Have the kids pack a box of their “special” items, things that they’ll want to have nearby as soon as you all arrive at your new home. Point this box out to the driver so it’s one of the first to be unloaded.
Note: You may want to arrange for someone to take care of the kids (and pets) while the movers are packing and loading your items. Have the caregiver bring the kids back home prior to the truck leaving as it important for young children to understand where their belongings are going.

Task Three: Get Rid of Trash and Flammable Items

Eliminate as much trash as you can before moving day. Last-minute garbage will inevitably build up the day prior to and the day of loading. Try making a deal with a neighbor to use their trash container for your last-minute debris.
Many items that are considered flammable are not going to be loaded by the driver and crew. Understand what these items are so that you are not stuck with trying to get rid of them on day of loading. If you are uncertain what items can’t be loaded, ask your estimator for a list. Because movers can’t transport most household cleaners, they will be available for you to use throughout the day. Also remember to remove items from inaccessible areas like crawl spaces or attics.

Task Four: Reserve a Parking Space for the Moving Truck

If you live in a congested area, recruit some friends and park all of your vehicles one after another in a space close to your home and do not move them until the truck arrives. The closer the truck can get to your house, the better your chances are of not incurring an additional charge.

Task Five: Clear Walkways

Make it safe and easy for your movers to get in and out of your house by removing all obstructions.
  • Move potted plants and planters from front porch, walkways and driveways.
  • Remove all door and floor mats.
  • Remove all rugs. The crew will protect the floors with a specially designed floor covering that does not slip.
  • Remove low hanging items such as wind chimes or hanging plants.
  • Disconnect the spring on the screen door so that it stays open during the loading process.
  • If you had the moving company pack for you, work with them to keep walkways clear for the driver and crew.

Task Six: Point Out Special Items

Set these items aside the day before the move. Then, once the mover arrives, point out items that are most special to you during the walkthrough. All your items will be handled professionally but take a moment to show them which ones need the most special care. Also, point out the boxes you would like to have unloaded first, if they are not going into storage. These boxes may include kitchen and bathroom items, or your children’s toys.

Task Seven: Take Care of Your Driver and Crew Members

Consider the needs of your driver and crew members! It is not necessary to prepare an elaborate meal, as this is the last thing you will have time for. Still, run out and get some breakfast rolls or cookies and order pizza for lunch. It is a nice gesture and will be warmly received.
  • Keep water and pop on hand for yourself and the crew. On hot summer days, provide Gatorade or some type of sports drink. These men and women work hard, handling your most important possessions. A cool drink can really help.
  • Advise the driver and crew where to locate the drinks and food so that they do not have to ask each time.
  • Advise the driver and crew which restroom you want them to use.

Task Eight: Decide on Tipping

Should you? It is completely up to you. Many individuals do tip the driver and let him disperse the portion to the crew that they think is appropriate. You decide!

Task Nine: Before the Driver Leaves…

Make sure you understand all the paperwork before the driver departs for your new home. If there is something that is confusing to you, ask your driver to explain it before you sign it.
Provide the driver with your destination contact information. Take down any information the driver can provide such as his cell phone, pager and satellite tracking information. Ask the driver if your shipment is the last he/she will be loading. Find out when the last shipment goes onto the trailer. This will give you an indication as to when they will be departing for your new home. Ask the driver about his/her plans for delivering your items. Find out as many details as you can prior to the driver leaving your residence.
If the driver attempts to give you a delivery date and time, keep in mind that it is really only an estimate at the time of loading. Many factors can change the schedule for the driver, so try to remain flexible. Ask the driver to call you with changes so that you can adjust your plans accordingly. If you have a delivery spread (a sequence of two or more days that your shipment can be delivered on and still be considered on time) understand that you can and may be delivered on any one of those days.
Take one last sweep of the house before the driver leaves. Look through all closets, shelves, in the garage, attic, crawl space, storage unit, under the stairs, on the walls and any place else things may be hiding. You do not want to find out, after the driver has left, that something was left behind.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

What are Some of the Different Types of Packing Materials?

While moving is an exciting part of a person’s life, it’s also a time that can be super stressful that’s filled with an ever-growing list of things to do and organize. From interviewing moving companies to getting the right amount of boxes to organizing your stuff for donation (and everything else in between!), there is so much to do before you actually move and start your life into your new city or town.
One aspect of moving that you’ll have to figure out pretty early on is the packing process. And if you’re doing all of the packing by yourself, you’ll need to make sure that you organize all of your items for the big move and stock up on a variety of packing materials to protect and secure your items. Read on to check out more about some of the different packing materials out there that can help you to efficiently get everything in order.

Different Types of Packing Materials

  1. Packing paper: Newspaper has been used as a way to pack everything from bowls to glass to kitchen items for years. While this is an inexpensive packing material, it isn’t always the best one anymore: the black newspaper ink can dye your plates, cups, etc, causing them to stain. Instead of using traditional newspaper, opt for dye-free packing paper that you securely wrap around your valuables and then seal together with some packing tape. For additional assurance, cover your wrapped item in a cotton dish cloth or towel that can protect your items from any banging that might occur during the moving process.
  2. Bubble wrap or rolls: Another classic packing material for moving, bubble wrap is great to protect valuables and fragile items such as glass, dishes, art, collectible items and more. Make sure that your bubble wrap or roll is flat, then place your item in the middle and wrap. Seal the package with some packing tape before you place the wrapped item in your boxes.
  3. Peanuts: For additional security and cushioning, you can fill your moving boxes with packing peanuts. They can serve as a barrier around your items that can be especially helpful during the moving process as your items get shuffled from your home to the van and finally to your new home. Anything can happen during this time where boxes might be thrown around or shaken. The downside of peanuts is the clean-up afterwards that might mean you’ll be finding peanuts way after you unpack your items.
  4. Moving blankets: Electronics and large furniture are a completely different animal when it comes to packaging during a move. While it would be ideal to have the box that your TV, video game console or DVD player came in, we know this isn’t always the reality. The best option for packing these items is to wrap them in large moving blankets that gently get placed onto the moving van. Blankets are also great for wrapping and coating tables, couches, desks, beds, a wardrobe or a dresser. They also make it a little easier to transport your items from your home to the moving van or truck, providing a layer of protection so that your items won’t get dented or stretched up.
  5. Packing foam: Foam is another great packing material that can protect breakable items such as ceramics or glass pieces. More lightweight than bubble wrap, you might need to wrap your valuables with foam a few times before you place them into your moving box. Add in additional towels or clothing for additional padding.
  6. Household items: While the above packing supplies are great to protect your items during the moving process, there are some items that you might actually have at home that can help you to protect your items without having to spend additional money. For clothes, you can opt to fill up your items in any unused suitcases or use your shirts or socks to fill any loose spaces in your boxes that can also serve as padding. You can also leave some clothing in your dresser and then tape the drawers.
  7. Boxes: And of course the Granddaddy of all packing materials, moving boxes! Whether you have a small apartment or a large house, you are going to need a considerable amount of moving boxes for moving in a variety of sizes. Ideally, you should focus on packing your books, kitchen items (with proper padding) and bathroom items in medium-sized boxes. Wardrobe boxes are great for clothes and larger boxes are great for packing kids’ toys, lamps, small electronics, and bulky items.
There are tons of options to help you to pack and organize your belongings for a move. A professional mover can assist with the packing process or you can purchase a variety of packing materials to do it yourself.
Good luck!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

11 Easy Moving And Packing Tips That Will Make Your Move Dead Simple:

Congrats on your new home! Now you just have to figure out how you’re going to pack and move everything without breaking the bank, your fragile lamp, or your back. Good thing we put together this list of 11 easy moving and packing tips that will make your move dead simple.
How do we know these tips will make your move dead simple?
We asked expert movers, packers, and professional organizers to share their best tips.
So sit back, grab a snack, and dive in!

1. Get rid of everything.

moving and packing tip: declutter garage storage shelves
Okay, maybe not everything, but the more unused and unnecessary items you eliminate from your home, the less stuff you’ll have to pack up, haul across town, unload, and organize.
Certified professional organizer Ellen Delap recommends clearing any clutter from your home as soon as you know you’ll be moving.
Be ruthless with your stuff. That coat you think is cute but haven’t worn in four months? Donate it.
The very first coffee maker you ever bought that flavors your morning brew with little pieces of rust? Trash it.
Doing a massive preliminary purge will have the single biggest impact on the efficiency and ease of your entire packing process.

2. Sort things by category.

easy moving and packing tip: sort books by category
Flickr/Jukka Zitting
Take a cue from Marie Kondo and organize your belongings by category, not by room (note that the category part only applies to the organization process, not the unpacking — that’s a whole separate ordeal).
Instead of spending a day cleaning out your entire bedroom, spend an afternoon sorting through every article of clothing you own.
Scour every coat closet, dirty clothes hamper, and laundry room until you’ve got all your clothes in one place. Then sort.
Do the same thing for books, shoes, important papers, and the like.
Free Bonus: Download our step-by-step KonMari Cheat Sheet so you can easily organize everything in your home just like Marie Kondo.

3. Schedule a free donation pickup.

makespace offers free goodwill pickups for storage customers in nyc, chicago, and dc
MakeSpace offers free Goodwill pickups for customers in NYC, Chicago, and DC
Save yourself a trip to your local Goodwill and schedule a MakeSpace pickup. In addition to picking up and storing practically anything (including furniture), we’ll also pick up your donation and drop it off to Goodwill — at no extra charge.
Pro Tip: If you’d like to donate to a different charity, check out our guide on where to donate your old clothes, books, furniture, toys, and more.
All you have to do is put your giveaway items in boxes and leave them on your doorstep.
The good men and women of Donation Town will then pick up your stuff and deliver it to a local charity of your choice.

4. Set aside stuff to sell.

pair of red lily shoes with bows on a white cloth
Flickr/Amy Ross
You probably have a few items you no longer want, but would love to get a little money for. If that’s the case, set these items aside and determine where you can sell them.
If it’s furniture, Craigslist or AptDeco might be your best bet. If it’s brand name clothing, you could try Poshmark or a local consignment store.
For specialty items like a gently used Coach purse or your collection of 90’s Beanie Babies, get on eBay.
Once you have everything sorted, set a date on your calendar to visit the nearest Buffalo Exchange or craft descriptions of the items you plan to sell online.

5. Research professional moving companies.

a woman wearing a blue meathead movers long sleeve shirt is smiling and carrying a moving box
Flickr/Meathead Movers
Research is never fun. Yelp and Google will overwhelm you with the sheer volume of choices for household moving companies to hire, but don’t give in to the pressure and pick the first four-star rating you see.
A moving company can often make or break your entire moving experience, so it’s important to get it right. The more effort you put into finding a reputable company with excellent customer service ahead of time, the less hassle you’ll have on moving day.
Lift NYC recommends double-checking that the moving company you want to hire is licensed with the state you’re in.
“There are tens of thousands of people claiming to be a ‘moving company’ when in actuality it’s just some guy with a van trying to make some extra money,” says Mike Sulkowska of Lift NYC.
Make sure to read the company’s list of services, fine print, and refund or damage policies, too. For example, some companies don’t lift items that aren’t in boxes (so your stuffed-to-the-brim duffel bags won’t make the cut), while others ask for full payment several weeks early.
Find out the specifics so there are no unwelcome surprises come moving day.
Pro Tip: Use Unpakt to find trustworthy moving companies, compare prices, and book your move online in minutes.

6. Pick the right moving day.

a personal organizer, pink flowers in a glass vase with water, and a glass jar containing chalk are on top of a wooden desk
Kaboom Pics
Hire your movers at least a month out so you can plan accordingly. If you have a flexible schedule, play around with potential moving dates and try to find the cheapest time of month to make an appointment.
Moving companies are busiest on weekends, so if you can skip the Saturday chaos and schedule your move for a Tuesday, you might get a significant discount.

7. Map out the best way to get to your new home.

a woman wearing a white shirt with purple flowers is outside holding a map
Whether you’re moving to NYC, across the country, across state lines, or just to a neighboring town, you’re going to need an efficient travel route so you don’t waste your move-in day sitting in gridlock traffic or pulling over three different times to type an address into your GPS.
Figure out the easiest, most efficient way to get where you’re going. Look up potential highway construction schedules ahead of time. And take traffic, detours, and necessary stops into account when you’re making your plan.

8. Create a master moving to-do list

a pen on the inside of a things to do notebook is waiting for you to write your moving checklist
Flickr/Nikki Buitendijk
When you move homes, you inevitably end up having 600 different things to do and remember. Don’t let all these tasks and important reminders, no matter how seemingly obvious, slip your mind.
Write them down somewhere. Put them in the Notes app on your phone, in the to-do list app Wunderlist that professional organizer Anna Bauer recommends, or go old-school with a giant yellow legal pad.
No detail is too insignificant. You just remembered the name of the little bookstore in town that will accept your used novels? Write it down.
Not sure which novels to donate? Here’s how to decide what books to keep or get rid of.
You stuck that extra screw from the broken drawer next to the sink? Take note.
You have to return your cable box to your provider at least one day before you leave? Jot it down.

9. Put moving tasks on your calendar.

write moving day on diy dry erase calendar
Darling Doodles
Take your organization a step further and spend an evening mapping out everything you have to do. Get an oversized calendar and mark the empty white boxes with important daily tasks to prepare for your move.
Tuesday: Call moving company.
Wednesday: Sort through toiletries.
Thursday: Buy new sheets.
An added bonus to using the calendar method is that breaking up your tasks by day makes them seem more manageable. Also, don’t forget to add “celebrate with wine” somewhere in there to give you something to look forward to.

10. Get moving boxes from your local liquor store.

stacks of liquor store moving boxes
Flickr/Dan4th Nicholas
Pay a visit to your local liquor store (that’s where you can buy the aforementioned wine) to see if they recycle their used boxes. If so, ask if you can grab a handful so you’re saving a little paper in your moving journey.
Just make sure the boxes are very gently worn and that you only use them to hold lightweight items like linens and towels. You don’t want to deal with ripped boxes and broken valuables on the big day.

11. Check to see if you have original boxes for your electronics.

a sony flat screen tv stand with wheels is storing a sound system, speaker, playstation console, playstation controller, cable box, books, and papers
Flickr/William Hook
You might think your flat screen TV could withstand a 30-minute drive across town in a cardboard box, but alas, it’s a fragile piece of technology. The best way to transport your electronics is in the original boxes they arrived in when you purchased them.
Check to see if you stashed these boxes somewhere — attic? Garage? If you don’t have them, make a list of what you’ll need to buy or borrow to properly cushion your stuff.
Quilted blankets, bubble wrap, and sturdy tape all work well to protect TVs and similarly delicate items.
Free Bonus: We asked the best moving companies to share their top packing tips. Learn all of them here.

Monday, September 4, 2017


If at all possible, avoid moving during peak times to save extra expense. As a general rule, the end of the month is busier for movers, because of the expiration of leases and preferred closing dates.
It’s also recommended that you avoid scheduling your move during the summer months – May to mid-September – when families with children out of school are most likely to move.
Cut Moving Costs with Careful Planning
Book Travel in Advance
Making travel plans ahead of time can save money. Use travel discounts like AAA to save on hotel rooms and be sure to take the toll-free number of the hotel with you; it saves money if you need to call while in route.
Eat Creatively
Avoid grocery shopping and eating out. Be creative at mealtime with what you have in your freezer and refrigerator. Begin using up the frozen foods and other perishable items you have in your kitchen. Frozen foods cannot be moved, and canned goods just add to the weight of your shipment and increase costs.
Collect Your Deposits
Whether it is an apartment or utility deposit, it’s easier to get your money back before you move. If you paid a pet deposit, look into that too. Don’t forget about items you might have in layaway or items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired. And stop by your workout facility, club or bowling alley to make sure you’ve emptied your locker.
Get your dues
Check with clubs and organizations to see if you can sell your membership, get a partial refund, or transfer your membership to your new location.
Contact the IRS
Don’t forget to notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about your change of address. Each year, the post office is unable to deliver thousands of tax refund checks! One of the main reasons stated is that people don’t inform the IRS of their new residence. A change of address form (Form No. 8822) is available on their Web site (
Report your move
Speaking of the IRS, if your move is prompted by a change in job locations or starting a new job, some moving expenses may be deductible on your federal income tax return. Consult the IRS or your personal tax adviser for information.
Pack yourself
Save money on your moving expenses by doing the packing and unpacking yourself. Plan on a good six weeks to pack and get ready for a move. Ask your moving company for information on do-it-yourself packing to protect your belongings.
Cash in
The weight of your shipment impacts the cost—so lighten your load. Consider getting rid of items you no longer need and raise some quick cash in the meantime.
  • Garage sales – If you don’t have a lot of items to sell, consider a joint sale with one or more neighbors. The greater the assortment of items you have to offer, the more potential customers you’ll attract and the more successful the sale will be.
  • Flea markets – For a nominal fee, local flea markets are a great means for selling second-hand items. Because most markets are advertised, professional second-hand bargain hunters usually attend.
  • Online auctions – The Internet gives you the opportunity to showcase your items for sale to the world, not just your own neighborhood. Take extra time to properly describe your item and include a good quality photo to increase your chances of selling.
  • Secondhand stores – Sometimes selling items to a consignment shop can bring in more money than selling them at a garage sale – and it is less work for you.
  • Charity – If you donate your items to charity, remember to ask for a receipt so you can document it on your income tax return.
Gifts for free
Be on the lookout for coupons, discounts and free offers from local businesses once you are settled. Don’t automatically toss out what looks like junk mail during this time because you may be throwing away free money! Take advantage of savings.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Moving to Alaska:

So you’ve decided to move to Alaska. You may be dreaming of the breathtaking sights and the new possibilities, but before planning out life in the Last Frontier, start with planning your move. Even if you’ve completed a long distance move before, moving to Alaska can be an entirely different experience. The distance, terrain and weather can make moving a bit more challenging. Dive into this guide to learn all about moving to and living in Alaska so you can plan your adventure. 
move to Alaska

Moving to Alaska guide

Places to live

Alaska covers a lot of ground. It’s twice as big as Texas, but it’s the least densely populated state in the country, with an average of less than two people per square mile. Unless you’re looking to move to a remote location, most moving companies can get to just about any town without major issues. Learn more about living in Alaska by exploring what popular spots such as Anchorage and Fairbanks are like.

How to get there​

Getting yourself and your belongings to Alaska are two different things. For traveling yourself, you can drive (which means crossing through Canada, and weather can be an issue depending on the time of year), fly (the fastest option, but will require shipping personal vehicles) or sail (the Alaska Marine Highway travels from Bellingham, WA to several port communities).
Note: Unless you’re traveling through Canada, you won’t need a passport to move to Alaska from the lower 48.  
When it comes to getting your household goods and furniture to Alaska, you also have three options: full-service movers, a rental truck or a self-moving service. Full-service is typically the most expensive way to move, and that can be especially true when you’re looking at moving such a long distance.  However, driving a rental truck to Alaska can be strenuous (and potentially dangerous in severe weather). Instead, you may consider a self-moving service that combines the convenience of full-service with the affordability of a rental truck.

Moving with U-Pack — the cheapest way to move

U-Pack is one of the fastest, easiest and most affordable ways to move to Alaska. It’s a “you pack, we drive” self-moving service that works like this:
  • We bring the moving equipment to your home (or you can load at a service center).
  • You get it for three business days to load, and then we take care of transportation.
  • The shipment travels to Tacoma, WA and then sets sail for Anchorage.
  • From Anchorage, the shipment will be delivered (to a service center or to your door).
  • You have three business days for unloading and then we pick up the empty equipment.
Shipments sail out of Tacoma twice per week, so transit times average 8-15 business days, depending on where you’re moving from.
Moving rates are based on a number of factors (where you’re moving to/from, how much you’re moving, when you’re moving), and because of these factors, prices will vary. The best way to determine how much your move to Alaska would cost is to get a moving quote — many find it a great value because of what’s included (moving equipment, fuel, transportation, taxes and liability coverage).

Shipping containers and moving equipment

U-Pack offers three different moving containers for shipments going in and out of Alaska: Moving trailersReloCube® moving containers and ocean containers.
Learn more about each type of equipment:
  • The 28 ft. trailer can be delivered to most major Alaskan cities (and some small ones), and military bases like JBER (Fort Richardson and Elmendorf AFB), Fort WainwrightFort Greely and Eielson AFB. With the trailer, you pay only for the space you use (down to a 5 ft. minimum), making it a great option for small and large moves.
  • The ReloCube, or CubeTM, is best for smaller moves and moves that don’t require door delivery (you can save up to $300 by unloading at the terminal). One 6’ x 7’ x 8’ container holds a single room of furnishings. Reserve as many Cubes as you want and only pay for the ones you use.
  • The ocean container is ideal for large moves. It can be delivered door-to-door in many areas where the trailer isn’t able to go. Unlike the trailer, the cost for a 40’ ocean container is on a “per container” basis.
Need help choosing the right equipment? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Military moves

Doing a Personally Procured Move (or PPM) with U-Pack is essentially the same as doing a civilian move (though you’ll need empty and full weight tickets for reimbursement, and we can provide them). Check out this guide for PCSing to Alaskafor more details.

Motorcycles and snowmobiles

U-Pack can ship motorcycles, snowmobiles and other ATVs to Alaska, too. This type of equipment can be placed into a trailer, ReloCube or ocean container, as long as you drain the fluids before moving. Read more about moving motorcycles.

Auto shipping

Though we don’t ship automobiles, we do refer customers with auto shipping needs to Mr. Car Shipper®. Contact them at 877-528-9627 for a quote.

Plan your move now!

Because of equipment availability and scheduling, it’s best to plan an Alaskan move early. We recommend booking 4-8 weeks in advance, especially for moves that require an ocean container. While we can handle last-minute moves, things go much more smoothly with a little planning.
Start by getting a moving quote, then give us a call or book online. If you have any questions or need help getting a quote, please call us at 800-413-4799. We’re here to help!

Friday, June 23, 2017

9 Smart Things to Do Before You Move:

You've just signed the paperwork on a new home (congrats!). But soon the excitement of getting settled at your new place will wear off, and the panic of packing up boxes will set it. We've rounded up expert-approved tips to keep you sane and totally prepared during the move.
1. Manage packing smartly. 
"For my recent move, I gave myself a daily box quota to prevent a draining weekend of non-stop packing," says Amy Azzarito, design writer and author of Past & Present. Avoid boxing up your old place in one fell swoop, if you have the time. Remember, you'lll need some energy left to unpack, too.
2. Skip the cardboard boxes. 
Target Home Style expert and blogger Emily Henderson used California-based company for her most recent move. "A week before I moved, they dropped off sturdy boxes with attachable lids and came back to collect them once I unpacked," she says. "No cardboard boxes, taping, or bubble wrap. Plus, its eco-friendly and can be cheaper than buying pricy moving boxes." If you're not in Los Angeles, companies with similar business models are popping up around the country and are just a Google search away.

3. Don't pack your closet. 
"If you use professional movers, ask them to bring several wardrobe boxes on the day of the move," suggests Emily Schuman, author of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere. "The movers take clothing right on the hangers and, woosh, your clothes will be in and out." Bonus: You can skip a full day of ironing once you're settled.
4. Switch your utilities.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but Brendon DeSimone, author of Next Generation Real Estate, says the timing is key: "As soon as you have a closing date, call the utility companies and set up a service switch." This is especially important if you're moving into a home that is newly built or previously vacant: Arranging a maintenance call to reestablish service might be necessary.

5. Make saying goodbye easier.
Moving from a home with sentimental value (your kids' growth-mark notches in the doorframe!) can be gut wrenching. To ease the pain, Azzarito suggests creating a Pinterest board with things you're excited to do in the new home, like dream decorating or new things to do in that part of town. If you have young kids, personal organizing guru Barbara Reich suggests taking a video of each child talking about their favorite part of the house to preserve the memories.
6. Haul the basics before the moving truck comes. 
If your new place is within driving distance of your current home, plan to take basic supplies over the day before, says Reich. "Unpacking the bathrooms in advance and having pajamas and clothes for the next two days set aside will bring some normalcy to the chaos of the boxes," she says.
7. Visualize life in your new home. 
"Confession: I've been known to hang pictures while the movers have been unrolling rugs," says interior designer Nate Berkus. While Berkus attributes his hyper-organization to his Virgo star sign, we think he has a pretty good point: "The sooner you get unpacked and organized, the sooner it feels like home." If you move at a slower pace than Nate, plan out spots for your favoriate pieces of art and d├ęcor in advance. You'll feel more accomplished and settled if you do.

8. Meet your neighbors the fun way.
Sure, baked goods and a friendly hello will do the trick, but if you're going to be painting the interior walls, Henderson has a fun party idea: "It's called a graffiti party and guests are given paint samples or markers to scribble games and notes on the wall." Don't be shy about hosting a gig sans furniture; this relaxed party theme is built around pizza and folding chairs.
9. Discover the local resources. 
Take a walk around your new neighborhood and be sure to introduce yourself to people you pass by. DeSimone says this is the best way to get a recommendation for a handy man, neighborhood favorite babysitter and get to know the lay of the land. If your life was an ABC Sunday night drama, these meet-and-greets would be peppered with salacious gossip on the community's comings and goings (ha!).
TELL US: What made your last move easier?