If you’re like most people, you have a regular job and a lot of extra responsibilities that keep you very busy each week. So it’s hard to find time for packing with an already busy schedule.
The good news is that there are many ways you can cut back on chores and other tasks, so you have time to pack. For example, try these five time-savers when preparing for a household move.
1. Prioritize Tasks
If you tend to do chores randomly, you’re probably losing time. Planning out your tasks can help you figure out what to cut.
Start by listing the most important things you must do throughout the week. Then, write down how long you think it will take if you can.
Emphasize tasks that keep your home running more than chores that make the house look good. That way, you’re not rushing to complete the crucial ones.
2. Schedule Grocery Pickup
Although you probably only shop for groceries once or twice a week, it can take an hour or two of your valuable time. Scheduling grocery pickup can simplify it.
Make a shopping list of your most common items. Then, see which grocery stores in your area offer pickup services and schedule one.
In many cases, you can save your favorites to make it easier to arrange for another pickup. Then, you can do your grocery shopping while waiting in the school pickup line or at another convenient time.
3. Hire Professional Cleaners
Although you might plan to hire professional cleaners right after you move, you can undoubtedly get their help while you’re packing. Cleaning companies have rates for general maintenance as well as deep cleaning.
Call one or two companies in your area to get a quote. Give yourself enough time to test out their services.
Having a company take care of your kitchen and bathrooms weekly could save you hours. And if you like their work, you’ll know just who to call for the final cleaning.
4. Find a Carpool for the Kids
If you have kids in grade school, you might lose a lot of time shuffling them to school and activities. Figuring out a carpool is a great way to shorten the number of trips.
Take the team roster and see if any of the kids live close to you. Talk to their parents about arranging a carpool. Make sure that everyone can share the responsibility.
If you can, choose families with which you and your kids can get along. You’ll have less stress that way.
5. Plan Meals
Meal planning is complex at the best of times. When your evenings go to packing for your move, it’s hard to make meal prep a priority.
Once a week, make an entrée that can become a part of several other meals. For example, pulled pork could become tacos, sandwiches, salads, and more.
Leave yourself room to get takeout or delivery on busy days. You’ll appreciate not having to think about it after hours of packing.
Finding ways to save time gives you more time to finish packing.
Another way to facilitate the packing process is to let us handle your packing for you. As full-service movers, we can handle that task for you and your family. Contact us today for more tips on simplifying your upcoming move.