1)Take inventory of all your stuff.Unless you’re a hardcore minimalist, you probably have more stuff than you realize. If you plan to move that stuff from one place to another, you should know what it is, and how you’ll transport it. Here’s how I would suggest taking inventory of your stuff: go from room to room of your current home, and simply write down the name of each individual item in a given room. Take note of everything, including furniture, sheets, old DVDs, clothing, dishes, and toiletries. When you come across an item you want to take with you to your new home, write down the name of the item and how you plan to pack and transport it. (Writing packing plans in advance is a great way to prevent items from getting lost or damaged during your move.) When you come across an item you realize you no longer have use for, take note that it belongs in a donation pile. Once you’ve taken inventory of your stuff, it’s a good idea to copy all of the information you’ve written to a word processing document or spreadsheet, so you don’t accidentally lose it and have to start over. I personally recommend Google Sheets. Pro tip: Start taking inventory early, so you don’t have to deal with the stress of rushing. 2) Plan your new home’s interior design and organizational layout in advance. Imagine moving into a new home with a giant pile of stuff. Wouldn’t you prefer to know exactly where to put all of that stuff? By the time you move all of your stuff from your old home to your new home, you’re going to be pretty tired. The last thing you’ll want to do is make a plethora of last minute, subjective decisions about where everything should go. That’s why you should take a careful look around your new home before you move in, and make concrete plans for your interior design and organizational layout. 3) Hire professional movers. You want to know what the most difficult parts of moving are? Lifting lots of heavy stuff for hours on end, and moving cumbersome, bulky items through narrow doorways. Physically moving all of your stuff isn’t something you can do on your own, and while your friends and family might be willing to help if you ask, they might not be as helpful as you would like. (Unless they’re all Olympic powerlifters.) Luckily, there’s a simple solution to this problem: you can hire reliable professionals to do all the heavy lifting and awkward maneuvering for you. If you’re in the DMV, TRISTATE MOVING AND STORAGE has a reputation as the premier local moving company. They can take care of the most stressful parts of moving, so you won’t have to worry about straining your back or losing your mind.