Moving is always an exhausting work. You have to do the heavy lifting, organizing, packing, and planning. There are many factors to consider when moving, for example, there might be a lot of sharp objects you might be moving around, or you might even have a sharp knife that you use for packing laying around that could cause someone to injure themselves. That being said, if you're planning to move and have decided to do it yourself instead of hiring pricey movers, here are some tips that may come in handy.
First, don't overpack. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that fewer boxes make for an easier move, but there is no use if you can't lift a single box up because you decided to pack 200 ceramic plates in it and it ended up being too heavy. Cardboard boxes are made to carry a certain amount of weight in them, so when you pack, make sure not to overload them. The boxes might rip apart while you're walking and it can damage the content, or you can hurt yourself while trying to move the heavy object from place to the other, especially if you're going to be going up and down stairs. Also, large cardboard boxes are for larger items, not heavier ones. For example, you might want to pack bedcovers and sheets in a larger box, instead of a bunch of heavy books.
Second, make sure you have the right attire for moving day. You are going to be sweating, and engaging in a lot of arduous physical activity. Make sure you wear something breathable, and comfortable to move around in. You will be bending down and stretch and most likely there is going to be one or two tears in your outfits. Keep in mind you will most likely be getting quite dirty as well.
Another thing to keep in mind is planning. Make sure you have a strategy in mind. The boxes you put in the truck first are the ones you will be getting to last, and vice versa. When lifting, remember to lift with your knees and follow any other kind of necessary lifting instructions. Do not lift a box that is meant to be lifted by two people, by yourself and you don't have anyone to help you lift, use a dolly.
Safety should always be a priority when it comes to moving, so make sure there is a clear path from the truck to the inside of the house. This will help you avoid tripping or stepping on an object that can cause injury. It is very common for people to trip while they're carrying boxes. This can be very dangerous as the heavy boxes can end up falling on top of you. Another safety tip is to make sure your kids are occupied doing something else. They should not be involved in any heavy lifting or be participating in any activity that could get them hurt.
Moreover, in order to prevent injury, you should eat well the day before. You should also drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration. It's going to be a long and exhausting day, so make sure you have all the energy you can have. And lastly, if you don't think you can handle it yourself, there is nothing wrong with calling the professionals.