Moving is difficult enough without a pandemic around to make things even messier. Not only do you have to worry about getting your stuff to a completely new place without damaging anything, but you also have to take proper precautions to avoid getting sick. 

While moving during a pandemic is hard, it’s not impossible. You shouldn’t have to hold yourself back from making major changes in your life because of COVID-19, so here are some tips to help you simplify your move.

Prepare and Plan

Preparing early on and planning every part of the process will help you feel more comfortable when moving day arrives. Make big decisions about your move early so you can fully prepare yourself. Are you going to move on your own or hire a moving company? Do you have the supplies you need to disinfect your belongings and maintain social distancing if you do hire someone to help you? What steps do you need to take before moving day comes? 

Breaking down each step you should take will make the move less overwhelming and help you stay on top of everything that needs to be done. Then, when moving day finally arrives, most of the work will already be done, and you can focus on small last-minute details. 

Disinfect Everything Early

Another step you can take while moving during a pandemic to simplify the process is to disinfect your belongings as you pack. Take the time now to wipe everything down so that once you get to your new home, you can focus on cleaning the space rather than all of your stuff. You’ll be thankful you took the time to disinfect everything before you moved rather than leaving it to the last minute.

You should also be sure to finish packing at least 24 hours before your move-in date to ensure you don’t spread the disease to any of your movers. Another great tip: Use your own cardboard boxes or purchase new ones from home improvement stores. COVID-19 can live on surfaces for 24 hours, so it’s better to be safe and use fresh boxes than to risk it. 

Simplify Your Stuff

To make moving easier in general, cut down on the number of your belongings. Do you really want to move your giant dresser all the way to your new apartment, only to end up selling it a week later? Give yourself time to go through your stuff and decide what you want to keep and what you would rather donate or leave behind. 

Not only will this make it easier to move what you do want to keep, but you will also have less to disinfect as you pack everything in boxes. Putting in the effort early on in the process will keep you from scrambling at the last minute. And trust us, you will appreciate it.

While the pandemic makes everything a bit more difficult, we don’t have to let it keep us from creating our dream lives. With these three tips, you can still move during COVID-19 without getting sick or putting yourself at risk. We look forward to welcoming you home at The Pines at Montclair soon!