Moving 101: Less Stress, More Organization

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Moving day sets most people on edge. The hassle of locating a new home or apartment, signing a lease or purchase, finding boxes, and securing help just to end up sweaty and exhausted, is not a welcome feeling. Packing and transporting a house full of belongings is a task few look forward to. It feels complicated and often frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be.

Ease the stress of moving when you plan ahead and lease storage space from 5A Rent-A-Space. Not only will you have the extra room you need to stay organized, but we also sell packing supplies like moving boxes, bubble wrap, and tape. We will even move you in with our free moving van when you rent a unit from us near Foster City.

6 Tips to Make Moving a Stress-Free and Organized Experience 

Are you ready to feel excited rather than stressed about your upcoming move? Check out these tips:

  1. Decide where you want to live and tell your family. Take some time to explore the areas where you want to move. Check them out at various times of the day. Do some research on the school system and access to the places you need and want. Once you have chosen an area, sit your kids down, and explain what is going on. The more you can prepare them, the more time they have to say good-bye to friends and look forward to their new adventure.

  2. Decide how you are going to move your belongings. This is a decision based on a few factors, namely, money, time, location, and access to help. If you are moving across town and have friends to assist you, then renting a moving truck for a day or two may make sense. However, if you are moving across the country, hiring a long-distance mover who can handle the logistics would make things much easier for you. Each has its pros and cons. Taking time to weigh each will ease your move later.

  3. Start organizing your move at least six weeks out or longer. Once you know where you are going to move to and how you will get your stuff there, start organizing the logistics. For instance, reserve a truck or hire a moving company. Gather packing supplies, including totes, cardboard moving boxes, tape, markers, and bubble wrap. Don’t forget specialty boxes for TV, artwork and mirrors.  You will learn quickly that lists are your friend, so grab a notebook and get busy planning.

  4. Rent an off-site storage unit. When you start packing, you will find that there are some items you want to keep but are currently in the way. A rental storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space gives you the extra room to tuck things out of the way until you are settled into your new place. Consider how putting seasonal sports equipment, Christmas decorations and other things you won’t need right away in your new home in storage, eases your mind and potentially keeps tempers and stress in check on moving day.

  5. Sort and pack room-by-room. Pick a lesser-used room to work in first. As you view each item, decide if you really need it, or can it be stored, sold or donated. Pack it if you want to keep it. Set it aside if you don’t. Once you are done with one room, head to the next one. When you start early enough in the process, you can spend 30 minutes each evening packing and still have it all done before moving day. 

  6. Have a yard sale or donate unwanted stuff. Now that you have a stack of unwanted items, have a yard sale to make some additional money. You can also give away your things and enjoy knowing you have helped someone in need. To move less, you need to pack less, it’s simple!  

5A Rent-A-Space Alleviates Stress When Moving 

You can rest easier by preparing early for your move and by renting a storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space near Foster City. Our locations are convenient, and we sell all the packing supplies you need, including moving boxes. We make moving less stressful. Contact us today!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-338-0016 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you. 


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