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You’ve finally bought that new house, and now it’s time for the dreaded move-in process. Most people have to deal with this multiple times throughout their lives, and rarely is it a pleasant experience. However, there are a few things you can do leading up to and during the move-in process that can take a lot of the stress away. Here is how to simplify moving into a new home.

Plan the Process Ahead of Time

The key to getting through any stressful situation is to have a detailed plan for it. A good plan and a schedule of events are going to get you through the absolute worst parts of the process. Make sure that you know exactly when you will move-in and how much time you have to pack. Speaking of packing, start collecting boxes right away. Having too many boxes is a much better problem than not having enough.

Get Rid of What You Don’t Need

One of the best ways to simplify your move into a new house is to have fewer things to move in the first place. Not only will this be easier on your back in the long run, but you also know you have things in your current house that you don’t need or use anymore. Not everything needs to go in the trash. Though—consider donating old clothes or furniture instead of just dumping it for an extra feel-good boost.

Pack Items With Purpose

Packing can be a pain, but there are some ways to make it easier. Keep items that go in the same room together in their own boxes so that you won’t have to go looking for that one thing you need. Pack up things that you use the least first so that you’re not living in squalor leading up to the move. Wrap fragile items in softer things like clothes and towels to protect them during the move.

Label, Label, Label

No matter how thorough you are when packing things, you are inevitably going to lose something among the mountain of boxes moving to the new place. But you can avoid this by making sure you label everything you can. Don’t stop at just “Kitchen” and “Living Room,” either. Label even more specifically so that you know exactly where to put things when you move them in.

These tips should ensure that your next move is one that you don’t have to dread. With a little forethought, moving doesn’t have to be a scary process. Moving should be exciting, and these tips will keep the stress at bay and the excitement alive.