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Stress Less - The Do's And Don'ts Of Moving

I remember when we had to move. The husband got a truck and he and I loaded everything up and drove back and forth until we unloaded everything in our home. It was hard work but we made our mind know that there would be hard work, buck up under it and, with too very young children under five, went about getting it done.

Maybe I should have whined more and complain bout my nails :) Oh well, missed that chance.

How did your moving project go? Did you do it yourself or have someone do it for you? 

In the meantime, here are some helpful tips to share or help with your next moving adventure.

According to recent studies, 61% of people place moving homes at the top of their stress list, ahead of relationship breakdowns, divorce or even a new job. One way to ease this stress is to hire professionals to do all the heavy lifting, but that still leaves the packing and organization of your affairs. 

Ross Sapir, founder and CEO of Roadway Moving has compiled some of the lesser known do's and don'ts for packing and moving, sure to turn your next move into a positive experience, no matter where in the world you're moving.

Do's and Don'ts of Moving:
  • DO all of the packing and labelling before moving day.
    • You'd be surprised how many people get stuck in the last minute rush to pack everything and move it all in one day. Make sure everything but a change of clothes is packed and ready to go.
  • DON'T forget to color code your boxes for each room.
    • Most people know to label their moving boxes but unpacking is much easier for you and your movers is your boxes are color coded according to room.
  • DO find free boxes at the grocery stores and online.
    • You can save tons of money on packing materials if you take advantage of the free packing materials at grocery stores or check online for free boxes. Craigslist's free section is a great place to start.
  • DON'T forget to hire a babysitter or a pet sitter.
    • If your children are old enough they can be helpful throughout the process but if not, it's better to have them secure and out of the way while you're packing up and moving. The same goes for your pets, they tend to get underfoot of movers.
  • DO use packing materials you already have.
    • Suitcases are perfect for transporting items, especially things that are heavy or awkwardly shaped.
  • DON'T forget to pack an overnight bag to use on the first night.
    • After a long day of moving, you're not likely to want to go through all of your boxes just yet. Pack and overnight bag with the essentials such as toiletries, a few outfits and pyjamas for use on the first night.
  • DO keep important documents with you.
    • It's best to travel with your most important items in hand. Keep a file of important documents with you while you move so that they are less likely to get lost in the shuffle.
  • DON'T place small objects directly in boxes.
    • Keep sandwich bags handy for little pieces of electronics and label the bags specifically. These tiny pieces tend to get lost in the shuffle and can make life difficult when putting everything back together.
  • DO give specific tasks to any friends helping.
    • Make sure you plan out their specific jobs before they come over, this way they will be able to help out in the most efficient way possible.
  • DON'T forget to plan out a floor plan before you move.
    • Try to plan out where each item, especially the big ones, will go and how everything will look. This will make it easier to put things in the right place immediately upon arrival.

About Ross Sapir:
Ross Sapir is the Founder and CEO of New York City's premiere moving and storage company; Roadway Moving. Since the inception of Roadway Moving in 2008, the company has grown from six trucks into a fully functional and full-service moving company with over 130 employees available to assist the 5,000 to 6,000 customers they serve a year. Born in Israel and raised in New York, Ross cites his company's success to his employees, and customer service. From quote to cleanup, Ross takes personal care to ensure that each Roadway customer is treated the "Roadway Way" -- enjoying a hassle and stress-free move without fail. His everlasting commitment to quality, efficiency and transparency, is the true testament behind how Roadway has become one of the leading and highest rated moving companies in Tri-State area, and the #1 moving company on Yelp.

About Roadway Moving:
Roadway Moving is New York's premier moving company providing professional and stress free moving services to the Tri-State area.   Roadway Moving offers a full range of moving services and storage options, while executing a seamless moving experience to clients.  From quote to cleanup, Roadway Moving's highly trained team is committed to quality, transparency and efficiency -- staples of a company known for the highest caliber of customer service in the industry. Founded by CEO Ross Sapir in 2008, Roadway Moving is certified and accredited by, a certification company that specializes in the moving and shipping industry, to provide impeccable protection and satisfaction to their customers. Whether you're moving locally, nationally or internationally, Roadway Moving provides a level of experience and knowledge unmatched by many other local moving companies. With over 130 employees in the United States, Roadway Moving is available to assist clients with last minute engagements. For more information, please visit

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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  1. Collette, this is all good advice. I will bookmark this for later use should we have to move either near or far. Regardless of where DH gets a job here or in another state, I do see an immanent move in our very near future. BTW, I can't believe y'all did all the moving yourself with two small children. I know that was a handful! *applauds*

  2. Great list Collette. My nails are the first to go during a move.

  3. We used to pitch in and do it as a family. When I moved to Michigan I had movers come in. When I recently went and got my stuff FROM Michigan, I was solo and every single nail got broken. phft Small price to pay. ;)

  4. Coding boxes ... OMG< yes. I have moved so many times and it is impossible to find anything if you do not code your boxes. As my ex didn't do. Imagine 15-20 boxes all marked "Misc"

  5. These are great tips for those moving home. I love your advice to pack an overnight bag to use on the first night.

  6. I have always forgotten to pack an overnight bag. I love that you remind us to label our boxes BEFORE moving day. I have waited to do this way too many times LOL

  7. Great tips. I color coded the boxes too and that worked out great.

  8. What great tips!! I haven't moved in 8 years, but I plan to do so in the next few months. I'm going to remember your helpful tips, and I want to add one: Schedule your nail appointment for the day AFTER the move!!

  9. Ugh, I hated moving. Last time I moved my husband did the majority of it. I did pack some things, actually most things. Just packing is a pain for me, much less the moving.

  10. We are in the middle of moving and it isn't going to so well so I am totally going to try these tips thank you! x

  11. I moved twice in a three month period when we were building our house and boy did that suck, lol. I agree organization and labeling is crucial to the process. great tips!

  12. I have moved a bazillion times and I still get things wrong! I'm getting better at it though and I really love your pack an overnight bag idea!

  13. This is great moving advice! My husband and I are moving in a year for graduate school so this post will definitely come in handy!

  14. Really great tips, I want to move out soon so I'm definitely using this

  15. I always pack myself and then pay movers. I always thought I was a label fanatic, until I helped my sister pack.

  16. After moving several times. One of the things I discovered is that socks, blankets, and towels are great for helping to provide padding for breakables. These are good tips!

  17. I love the idea of using suitcases as packing boxes. That's totally smart!

  18. I am so glad we haven't move. I heard a lot of horror stories about moving and sometimes, I feel a little bit discouraged.

  19. LOL! I am in the middle of a move myself and love this! I have been washing all bedclothes before placing them into boxes so I do not have to worry about them whenever I get into the new place. I have not color coded but that sounds like an idea that is spot on! Thank you for the tips!

  20. Moving can be stressful, it was for me! These are great dos and don'ts, I will share with a friend that's moving soon.

  21. absolutely brilliant points, short and sweet. hahhah that picture cracked me up though, great on you for adding it.

  22. Very useful tips! Moving can be so stressful.

  23. Moving can be stressful and it doesn't hurt to be a little organized, by making list and labeling everything. I like this list of tips! It's really helpful and it makes moving stress-free!

  24. Moving is never easy and I'm sure a lot of people will agree. But being organized can definitely help and it can make your moving a lot easier, without a doubt. Awesome tips!

  25. We moved out a month ago and it is really stressful! The packing and unpacking- oh!

  26. I wish I came across before we move. It is really stressful to move and the after moving is so hard!

  27. When it comes to moving, it's one thing at a time. This is what I learned when we moved 4x in 4 years.

  28. I've been busy packing because we are moving to a new house in a couple of weeks. These are excellent tips to make it less stressful.

  29. Moving is very stressful, I am in the process of moving myself and its a rough ride. Doing a bit at a time does help though.

  30. We always make sure to pack enough for 3 - 4 days when we move, just because you never know how crazy life is going to get or if you can find anything!

  31. It could be a headache to forget to hire the babysitter!

  32. I agree moving out from one place to another is stressful yet exciting at the same time. I prefer to pack our things few months earlier to make sure we didn't miss anything left behind.


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