Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated during a big move to a new place. Organization is key during this process and can make things run a heck of a lot smoother. Here are a few easy tips to help you stay organized during the moving process.
Sort, Sort, Sort
One of the easiest ways to begin a move is sort through everything before you begin packing. There is no sense in bringing along items that you are eventually going to want to get rid of anyway. It;s a waste of time and a lot of extra work to have to move all that stuff just to throw it away later. So do yourself a favor and go through each room in your house and decide what you would like to keep and what you would like to throw away or donate. Some things you might consider are if there will be room for it at the new place, if the item is something that you use regularly, and/or if it will be a hassle to move. I find that it’s easiest when sorting to break things into piles and work your way through everything that way. Having a pile for things you’re going to keep, a pile for throw away, and a pile for donating can help speed up the process and make the organizing part a lot less overwhelming. Assigning a room or two a day will also help break things up and make the process easier.
Create A Moving Binder
Invest in a binder at your local office supply store and use it to keep track of all important documents. There is nothing worse than moving to a new home and not being able to find a bill you forgot to pay, financial information, receipts, birth certificates, or other important personal documents. Keeping them all in one place during the move will help reduce stress and save yourself from having to relocate all of your important documents after the move.
Weigh Your Options
If you aren’t going to be able to move everything on your own, then you might consider hiring a moving company. Don’t just go with the first company you find, it’s better to weigh your options and compare prices. Never rely on a quote over the phone, instead request an on-site statement from each moving company. There is nothing worse than being ripped off or misinformed during a big move. Moving is already stressful enough.
Stock Up On Moving Supplies
Making sure that you have enough moving supplies is crucial during a big move. Having to stop packing to run and get more boxes or packaging tape can be a real pain and really slow the moving process down. This is why it’s a great idea to stock up on moving supplies a few weeks or a month in advance. Make sure you have the following items:
- Newspaper or Bubble Wrap
- Packaging Tape
- Permanent Markers
- Specialty Containers like Totes or Wardrobe Boxes
- Styrofoam Plates (These work great for two reasons during a move: #1: You won’t have to dirty dishes when it’s time to take a snack or dinner break during the moving/packing process, and #2: Styrofoam plates can be placed between ceramic plates during packing, to keep them safe from harm. They are less likely to break).
Use Up What’s Left
A few weeks before the move it’s best to try and use up any perishable items or food items you don’t want to take with you during the move. Frozen and cold food items can be a hassle to transport, but if you do choose to try and take them during the move investing in a cooler and lots of ice is important.
Measure And Know The Dimensions
Checking the room dimensions at your new home, and measuring furniture and other items can really take a huge load of stress and hassle away from the moving process. There’s nothing worse than getting to a new place and finding that your large furniture won’t even fit through the door, let alone have it all fit in your new house. Being prepared and knowing the measurements ahead of time will help a great deal.
Pack The Right Way
When it comes to moving, there is a right way to pack, and a wrong way to pack. Just throwing everything into a box or garbage bag and calling it good is probably not the way to go, Things are more likely to get broken or lost this way. Instead, once you have sorted through everything in each room, begin by packing the things you use most infrequently first. This might include kitchenware and appliances, out of season clothing, etc. Be sure to separate valuables and important documents and label everything clearly so it’s easier to locate and unpack once you get to your new place. You also might consider making a list of possible things to insure before a move. This might include expensive or fragile furniture or valuable items like computers or expensive jewelry.
Make sure that you leave your old place in ship-shape. Do a deep cleaning of everything and don’t forget to pick up any debris from moving and vacuum before you lock up for good. This simple guide on how to deep clean your house or apartment upon move out is a great resource to turn to if you aren’t quite sure where to start.
Fill Out A Change Of Address Slip
Don’t forget to fill out a change of address slip a week or so before you move. This can be done by going to your local post office or filing a change of address online at usps.gov.