Moving and packing for whatever reason is always a stressful task. There are bound to be a few hiccoughs along the way and the looming possibility of your precious items crashing to the ground in slow motion and breaking right in front of your very eyes. While you cannot entirely wipe out this part of the moving process, there are some steps you can take to mitigate the risks and possibilities. Below you’ll find five pointers to keep in mind for avoiding the most easily committed mistakes while moving: Discard Discarding is especially relevant for hoarders and people who love to collect stuff for sentimental reasons. Their storerooms are chock-full of items that they bought or were gifted 1-2 or even 3-4 years before but never got around to using. And whenever its time for annual Diwali cleaning, they expertly procrastinate going through their stuff to decide what to keep and what not to. When you are moving, rectify this mistake once and for all. Do not keep unnecessary items since you will have to pay for moving them. Get rid of them and save up on charges that can easily be avoided. So, before people from the moving and packing company come to take inventory of your items, take inventory of them yourself and get rid of anything that you no longer need or want in your life. Label Labeling might seem too trivial even to mention, but it’s too important to not be talked about. Because you do not label your boxes while packing them, fragile items might be at risk of being broken because they were improperly handled. Also, once you reach your new home and are standing amid a dozen or more boxes, you will not be able to make out from the shape of the box which items it contains. You’ll spend time and energy opening each box in every room to find the thing that you needed to put in the kitchen first. Save yourself and the movers some trouble. Label boxes with the items they contain, handling instructions, and the room they are to be kept in. Research Each mover and packer company will differ in the services it offers and the price it charges. It is essential to research your options properly, read reviews, get in touch with previous customers, and compare your findings before you finalize a name. Read the contract carefully before you close the deal. You want your possessions to be moved securely through the best hands and vehicles. Safeguard You might reason that between you and the movers, your items will be safe. The road isn’t too full of ruts, and your home isn’t too far away. So, you pack the items lightly using the minimal amount of padding and increasing the likelihood of a broken vase in a box when you reach your new home. Do not set the stage for this yourself. Get plenty of bubble wrap, crumpled up newspaper, cushioning rolls, and tape to cover chinaware and glassware. Do not be miserly here. Use the original box from the manufacturer for crockery and other fragile items whenever possible. Thoroughly investing in padding will save you the money and the memories you’ll lose when an item breaks. Self-store Self-storage can be a boon during your moving process. If you are short of space in your new home, haven’t discarded all items properly, need to move out before you can transport all your items, or are in a situation where you need more space immediately before/ after or during the moving process, then a self-storage facility will be a sound and beneficial investment. You can retrieve your items later once you have settled in your new home with the essentials. The above tips promise a smooth and hassle-free process for all those involved. Follow them to the T and make the day that you move, one of the best days in your life.