While it's ideal to have plenty of time to prepare for a move, this isn't always possible. Whether you have to move out of state due to a family emergency, your landlord decides to sell their home without a lot of notice, or you get an unexpected job offer in a new city, there are a lot of good reasons why you may need to move at the last minute. The key to keeping a last minute move from being completely chaotic and stressful is to delegate as many tasks as possible. Here are five ideas for doing just that:
Get Decluttering Help
The less extraneous stuff you have to move, the faster and easier your move will be. Since you don't have weeks or months to slowly declutter, you should simply set aside a few hours to power through as much decluttering as possible.This will go much more quickly if you enlist the help of a friend, especially since it can be hard to be detached enough about your own personal belongings to know what should be trashed or donated.
To further streamline your decluttering process, you can hire an assistant. For a reasonable fee they will help sort through and organized your stuff and even drive unwanted belongings to a thrift store for you, saving you a ton of time in the process.
Hire Professional Packers
The most tedious and time-consuming aspect of moving is often packing. Hiring professional packers who are skilled at quickly and safely packing your belongings will make this task a breeze and set an organized tone for your overall move. Professional packing services will organize and pack your belongings much more efficiently than you could yourself, and use their packing skills to ensure your valuables and fragile items are protected and arrive to your new home perfectly intact.
Hire a Dog Walker
Dogs are your best friend, until it's time to move. Then walking, feeding them, and keeping them out of the way of movers can suddenly make them seem like more of an annoyance than a best friend. A great solution is to hire a dog walker or pet sitter. This will ensure your dog can't escape and get into danger while the movers are coming in and out of the house and will assuage your guilt about being too busy to walk and play with your beloved pet.
Hire Movers Specializing in Last Minute Moves
Hiring movers is essential for any move that you want to be relatively easy and stress-free. For a last minute move, professional movers are especially critical. They will ensure that all of your belongings are moved quickly and efficiently. Professional movers will help your belongings arrive safely at your new destination in no time at all. It's a good idea to ask the moving company if they have experience with last minute moves.
It's sometimes helpful to move during the week, since movers might be booked on the weekends if you hire them last minute.
Find Child Care
Moving isn't just stressful for you--it's stressful for your kids as well. While you are focusing on making moving day go as well as possible, it's hard to give your children the attention they need. A great option is to hire a trusted babysitter (or ask a family member for help) on moving day.
Child care providers can make sure your children are fed, entertained, get naps if needed, and generally have a good moving day without getting in the way of your movers. Your move will be easier and your children will be happier.
By delegating these moving-related tasks, your last minute move can be as streamlined and stress-free as possible.