If you’re the proud new owner of a La Quinta home, you may think the hard work is finally over once the ink is drying on the mortgage. Now that the bidding, loans, and legalese are put to rest, you’re free to settle in and start enjoying the hiking trails, the golf scene, and all the desert beauty La Quinta has to offer…once you take care of the little matter of packing up and moving in. Most homeowners dread moving day, but it doesn’t have to be stressful with these essential tips.
Keep Essentials Close at Hand
You’ll want to have your daily essentials easy to get to, especially after a long day of driving and dragging boxes around. Pack a suitcase with vitals like changes of clothing and toiletries – one for each member of your family, plus boxes for food, pet supplies, and other general needs. Keep these packed items close at hand – if you’re driving separately from your moving van, keep them out of the van and in your own car, in the event the van gets lost or delayed en route.
Take It One Room at a Time
It’s tempting to simply fill boxes with things that fit, but if you don’t strictly keep your boxes separated by rooms, you’ll wind up deeply regretting it later. Pack up a room completely, label its boxes clearly, and send them off into the van even if they could hold a cup from the kitchen and a few washcloths from the bathroom. No one wants to do mental gymnastics after a long day of moving to remember where they stuffed their extra towels.
Labeling Costs Nothing
Label your boxes with text, then label them again with numbers – and then slap some color-coding on them for good measure. Labeling costs you nothing save for a few seconds of your time, and will help you immeasurably when it comes to tackling the inventory and unpacking process. For example, numbering your boxes and cross-referencing them to a master list can help you pinpoint any missing boxes with lightning speed, and color-coding boxes can help you easily scan for anything that needs to be unpacked ASAP in a room (for example, red-labeled boxes containing coffeemakers and supplies can be focused on before tackling green-labeled boxes containing kitchen décor).
Make Bulky Objects Carry Their Weight
Packing bulky objects like linens and cabinets can be an annoyance, as they often take up precious and finite box and van space – however, you can make them work for your move instead of against. Use towels and linens to cushion plates and cups, and fill the drawers of your cabinets and dressers with books and magazines. Don’t let the space and utility they offer go to waste.
Leave the Kids with Grandma
It’s essential to keep your kids in the loop in the moving process as a whole, but when it comes to moving day, don’t try to enlist any child under the age of twelve in moving chores. Have a friend or family member host a sleepover while you get the home’s move-in basics settled, and bring them in to help arrange their new rooms once you’ve got the kitchen and bathrooms stocked and the utilities running. If this isn’t possible, set up a room as a temporary kid-zone in your new home stocked with games, books, and snacks to keep everyone entertained and out of the path of the movers.
Give Fido the Day Off
It’s best to simply board pets with a friend, family member, or a trusted vet or kennel until the home is unpacked and settled. Remember: this is a stressful enough event for you and your family. Your pets haven’t the slightest idea of what’s going on – all they’ll understand is that they’re suddenly in a strange, unfamiliar house with a lot of noise and commotion, and with their owners’ emotions running high. At best, the stress on your pets will delay their ability to settle in to their new home; at worst, you may wind up dealing with bad behavior (barking/howling, bathroom accidents, aggression, etc.), or even escape attempts. Leave them out of the equation until you’ve gotten everything in place and can welcome them to a settled home.
Moving day will never be without its stresses and setbacks, but with these tips, you can face the day prepared. Remember: once you make it through all the boxes and sweating, you can enjoy your beautiful new home in La Quinta, with all the excitement your new city has to offer.