So you’re moving, huh? Whether that’s in two months or two weeks, proper planning and starting with a strong strategy can make a world of difference between your move going smoothly and easily or stressful and hurried. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some tips to help you get moving.
Start a Moving File
Whether it’s on paper or electronic, start taking notes and keep them in a easily accessible location. There are tools like apps for helping with your move for both iPhones and Android phones, spreadsheets on computer, and good old fashioned paper and pen. However you prefer, take and keep notes!
Organize & Categorize everything
One of the primary purposes for taking and keeping notes is to organize and categorize all of your stuff. Keep separate lists of what you are going to sell, give away, and move. For things you are moving, organize them by immediate needs, short term needs, long term needs, seasonal items, and more that will help you pack and unpack things as you need them.
Pack the last things first
When you start packing, pack your seasonal items and long term needs first. Get them out of the way as soon as you can, and keep them organized for the move. Getting them out of the way first will help you keep your stuff organized and reduce stress surrounding the move.
Schedule the rest of your packing
Packing your long term needs first will give you a good sense of how much time it will take to pack the rest of your stuff. Schedule the rest of your moving as soon as possible and set it in place. This will give you a framework for what else you need to do such as sell things, give them away, arrange with other people to help you, etc.
Stay organized throughout
Through every step of the process, keep everything organized and in place! This means labeling boxes, keeping track of what order to unpack, accounting for your stuff, and providing you with all the information you need before, during, and after your move to reduce stress, simplify the process, and save you time, trouble, and money!
We hope these will help you with your move. While we have built our Moving Resource Center to help you through this process, we will gladly talk with you on the phone or meet in person. No two moves are the same, and our personal touch to your unique situation can make a significant difference in your move. Call or email us today to schedule your appointment!