You like to stay organized. Everything in your home has its proper place and you always know where to find what you need. You may even have a home organization app that helps you keep on top of everything.
But now, you’re getting ready to move to a new house.
All of those carefully created organizational systems go out of the window because you need to pack all your belongings. But as an organized person, you still want to follow a structure that helps you with the move. That’s where this article comes in. Here, we offer you some key tips that can help you organize your next big move.
Tip No. 1 – Start With Decluttering
According to a 2017 article published by NBC News, about a quarter of Americans have a clutter problem. Even if you’re an organized person, there are likely a bunch of items you’ve collected over the years that you don’t use and aren’t going to need in your new home.
So, start your move by decluttering.
Getting rid of the things you don’t need has several benefits. In addition to helping you organize your move, decluttering may allow you to make some money by selling unwanted items and reducing your moving costs because you have fewer things to move. You can even donate to a good cause. If you need some help decluttering, get more information here.
Tip No. 2 – Make a Moving Binder
Once you’ve gotten rid of the stuff you don’t need, your next step is to take stock of what you have so you can develop a plan. Think of creating a moving binder as constructing the central place where you keep all the information you need for the move.
Create lists of the items in every room, which will serve as checklists when packing and unpacking later on. You can also use your moving binder to store receipts, contracts, and insurance information if you hire a professional moving company to transport your items.
Finally, use the moving binder to store the things you absolutely have to keep safe. These documents may include birth certificates, passports, medical records, and anything else that you feel uncomfortable packing into a box where you can’t access it.
You can also use Centriq
to capture the models and serial numbers of every item that is going with you in the movie so that you know exactly what is going on the moving truck and you have an accurate inventory at your fingertips.
Tip No. 3 – Pack by Room
Hopefully, you already have plenty of boxes ready to use for packing. If you don’t, make getting your hands on some a priority. Assuming you have boxes, your next step is to use them to pack by room. This is where the checklists in your moving binder come in. Use them to estimate how many boxes you’ll need for each room. Then, start packing.
The key tip here is not to mix the boxes. If you have 10 boxes for your kitchenware, keep those boxes together. Furthermore, don’t pack items from other rooms into those kitchen boxes. You don’t want to be in a situation where you waste time rifling through your living room boxes looking for something that you’ve forgotten you packed into a kitchen box.
Tip No. 4 – Labels Are Your Friends
Create a system for labeling your boxes that tells you exactly what’s inside them.
Start by labeling the boxes based on the room. From there, break things down a little. Sticking with our kitchen example, you could have a box that contains plates and dishes, another containing cutlery, a few boxes holding your small appliances, and so on. These labels give you an at-a-glance idea of what’s in a box so you can unpack the essentials as soon as you arrive at your new home.
Tip No. 5 – Clean Your New Home in Advance (If You Can)
If you’re moving into your new home on the same day that you get the keys, you may not be able to follow this tip. But if you take ownership before you move, or have a few hands on deck who can travel to the new house while you’re packing, then get cleaning.
By cleaning your new house before moving in, you ensure that every room is prepared. As importantly, you’ll get a better idea of the layout, including any nooks and crannies, that you may be able to use when unpacking. Think of this cleaning period as an opportunity to learn more about your new home, allowing you to visualize where your items need to go in the process.
Tip No. 6 – Make Some Lists
Maybe you don’t feel comfortable having basic labels that give you an idea of what’s in each box.
That’s okay. You can just make lists as you’re packing so you know exactly what each box contains. You can even use these documents as checklists when you’re unpacking, which may be useful for confirming that your moving company hasn’t lost any items while shipping your goods.
Your box lists can go into your moving binder, ideally with titles that match the labels you’ve placed on your boxes. Or, you could just tape the appropriate list to each box, though this comes with the risk of the list getting torn or falling off during transit.
Tip No. 7 – Pack a Moving Day Essentials Box
If everything goes according to plan, your move should be clean sailing.
But let’s face it – even the best plans can fall apart. If that happens, you need to ensure you have access to some essential items so you’re not stuck waiting on boxes to arrive to get your hands on what you need.
A moving day essentials box helps here. Use this box to store medications, toiletries, a change of clothes, and your IDs. If you have children, pack some baby necessities. You might also want to keep some snacks and water in the box, along with your moving binder. As a general rule, if it’s something you may be able to use during the move, it should go in this box.
Preparation Leads to a Smoother Move
By getting organized, you’ll avoid so much of the stress that a big move creates. Following these tips ensures you know where all of your items are stored and prepares you for an efficient move with no hiccups. Even if something does go wrong, you’ll have your moving day essentials box to see yourself through until you sort the issue out.
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