We all know that moving can be what anxiety attacks are made of. From packing, getting a moving truck, and remembering where everything is, there is a lot on your plate when you’re moving. So what’s the secret to making everything easier? One word: Organization. This sometimes takes time, but the good news is, if you’re reading this article, you know you’re moving sometime soon, so you can start going through steps now to make everything easier when moving day arrives. Here are our top 8 organizing tips to help you be more prepared to move.
- Go Through Belongings. It is often surprising how much junk has accumulated in the house over the years. The first step is to go through all your stuff and throw out or give away what you don’t use or need so that you have less to move. This task often seems daunting, so take it 1 room at a time. Be wary of trying to sell everything you don’t want – this is often a time consuming process and you usually don’t make much money anyway.
- E- Organization. When moving, you often need to expect the best but plan for the worst. Since you don’t know what’s going to happen when all your electronics are moved, back up your files on your computer and other electronics so that you can have peace of mind when moving those items.
- Work Smarter-Not Harder. Ever feel like you work so hard to organize and then it’s torn apart by the next day? The secret is to make organizing a daily routine or lifestyle, not necessarily a big project. Think about ways to more efficiently do what you normally do to organize your house. Some ideas are carrying a laundry basket with you from room to room and collecting items that don’t belong to return them, setting a timer to remain focused for 15 minute increments of time, or scheduling a weekly trip to a donation center.
- Organize & Protect Valuables. Gathering up your important items and putting them in a fireproof safe can help immensely to make sure that a birth certificate doesn’t blow away, or other important documents get wet somehow. It ensures the safety of your valuables and also puts them all in one place so you won’t lose them in the move. It can also help to put your current bills in here so that you know where they are when you move.
- Make a Schedule. Scheduling your organization will make it more doable. Put blocks of time and certain projects you want to focus on during that time into your planner, and force yourself to stick to it. Nothing is worse than knowing you have a ton left to do the day before you move, so don’t let yourself procrastinate. Remember to include a maintenance schedule to breeze through all your work to keep it organized before the move.
- Box Labeling. Most people write what’s in the box with a marker, but what if you’re using old boxes and there are several things written on them? Or, what if you don’t have the time to write on each box? The simpler choice is to give each room a color and place colored stickers on each box so that when you move in you can place each box in the room they belong.
- Finish the Outside Early. A lot of people tend to forget their outside items until they’re done moving everything else. Since moving outside items can sometimes be difficult and heavy, get that out of the way now. These are items that you don’t need to live, so you’ll be okay without them for a couple weeks before you move.
- Remember the Essentials. One of the problems people often run into is not knowing where the essentials are once they get into their new house. Start up a stash for things you know you’ll need right away like toilet paper, disposable silverware and plates, food, some clothes, shower curtain and blankets.
If you stick to these 8 easy steps and remain calm, you will survive through organizing for the move. Good luck and happy moving.
Author Bio: Kate Sheppard is an expert on organization and with moving 9 times, she’s become an expert in that too. If you need more help with moving visit Crown Moving Co., Inc. for more information.