If you plan to move yourself instead of hiring a moving company, you’ll definitely want help. Moving almost always takes more work than you anticipate. But lots of people and no organization results in a lot of wasted time. Instead of leaving your moving help standing around wondering what to do, make a plan before moving day so everyone stays busy.
Create a Moving Task List
Before you can assign people to specific moving tasks, you need to know what those tasks are and the order you’re doing them in. Will you have everything already packed or will some people be putting things in boxes? Will you already take apart beds and other furniture that can come apart?
Start by making a detailed list of all the tasks that need to be done on moving day. This helps you see exactly what needs to be done and can help you assign your helpers to specific tasks.
Make a Schedule
Now that you know what needs to be done, you need to decide when to do it. Start by penciling in the time the moving truck will arrive. Write in any tasks that need to be done before the moving truck arrives, such as wrapping furniture or clearing the path you’ll take to load the truck. Outline the order in which you want to put items in the truck. This helps you keep the process moving so your helpers stay busy.
Match People to Tasks
If you don’t want your help standing around all day, give each person a specific list of tasks to do. This is where your checklist and schedule come in handy. Assign jobs that match each person’s abilities and skills. Take advantage of muscle by assigning those people the heavy lifting. If you have someone who knows how to be delicate and has good attention to detail, let her pack your breakables. Giving each person a written list of what to do allows them to keep moving without asking you every 5 minutes what to do next.
The best way to maximize the help you have is by being prepared before anyone arrives. Have boxes, tape, markers and other packing supplies ready to go. Have beds stripped and taken apart. Stack boxes near the door so they can go right out to the truck. All that preparation cuts down on wasted time so you can get the truck loaded faster.