Even the most disorganized person can get it together long enough to make their move seamless. Getting organized for a move doesn’t have to be a far and away dream, make it a reality with a few easy steps.
Choose a color system of sticky notes for items that will be tagged to toss. As you go through each room place a sticky note on anything you wish to see in the dumpster. Otherwise you are wasting your time and that of the movers with things you intend to trash anyway. If you think the items are too good for the trash then donate them to your local charity or host a yard sale and make money toward your move.
Focus on one room at a time. Jumping from room to room trying to decide what to pack and what not to pack will only cause confusion. Getting others involved in the madness will surely turn chaotic and then you’ll be the one upset when your aunt’s antique glass bowl is accidentally donated to Goodwill.
Inventory everything you plan to take when getting organized for a move and don’t forget to take pictures along the way, preferably on a digital camera and not a disposable one. This will not only help you keep track of your items but will also help in knowing what size boxes you are going to need.
Walk through the house with your sticky notes, camera, and a clipboard to keep notes. Note information like how many boxes you’ll need for each room, which room has fragile or sensitive items, and the furniture that will require some heavy lifting. Being aware of this information will help you stay ahead of the game.
Find boxes. This sounds easy enough but the truth is you can end up spending a lot of money on boxes if you’re not organized. Get a head start by gathering boxes here and there, like asking local grocers for leftover boxes or saving the ones you end up with after a purchase. Don’t throw out even the smallest boxes because there is always something you can find to go in it. The minute you trash it you’ll need it.
Consider plastic bins with convenient lids to move and then store your items. Not only do they look great but they are also cost efficient in the long run by protecting your valuables better than a cardboard box, which will eventually succumb to weather and wear. Not to mention those critters that love to eat on cardboard! The movers will also appreciate the bins because there is less chance the bottom will fall out in the move, plus the handles make lifting easier.
Arrange the date and time for the movers well in advance. This is pretty self explanatory, but moving gets hectic; imagine how frustrating it would be to get everything packed up only to realize you haven’t set up the movers or arranged for a rental truck.
Set up a change of address with the post office. This is also referred to as forwarding your address. Simply pick up a change card at the post office or visit their website to do it online. You’ll have a choice to make the forwarding arrangements temporary or permanent. Unless you’re moving every few months, select permanent. While you are setting up your change of address with the post office, call your accounts to update your address with them as well.
Finally, over the weeks leading up to your move, keep all your moving notes, pictures, appointments, etc in one folder. This will keep you from having to utter the words, “It’s in one of the boxes somewhere” if you need to find something you’ve already packed. After all, there’s nothing worse than undoing what you’ve already done!
Guest Author Bio
Ryan Franklin believes that hiring movers will almost always save time and money in the long run. He is a blogger and organization expert who writes on behalf of uShip.