When it comes time to move, one of the best things you can do to limit the amount of stress involved is to properly prepare ahead of time. Preparing in advance for your move will help you save time when packing, moving, and unpacking in your new home. Proper preparation can turn moving day from something you dread into a day you look forward to.
One of the most important parts of preparation is making sure you are organizing efficiently. There are a lot of things that go into properly organizing for a move. Take a look at some of our organization suggestions below.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Make sure that you have plenty of time to prepare for your move. If possible, start getting ready several weeks ahead of time. Most times when you move you will know pretty far in advance, so take advantage of it. Break the time before your move into blocks to address everything that needs to be done without having to rush through things. This can help you not only get organized, but stay organized throughout the entire moving process.
An important part of preparing for your move is deciding what needs to be moved. Take note of anything fragile or antique, of furniture that needs to be moved, and of any special items, such as pianos, that will be traveling with you to your new home. You should also keep a list in mind of items that you will need the actual day of the move so that you can set them aside, such as a toothbrush, medications, or a towel to take a quick shower.
Remember to de-clutter as part of taking your inventory. For items you no longer need, donate or recycle everything you can. This will prevent you from having to move more than you actually need.
This process can help you save time on moving day and save hassle once you arrive at your new home. It will also prepare you for the amount of packing supplies you will need. You can keep a list of your “inventory” on paper, or try an organization app to help you.
Gather Packing Supplies
Get an idea of what sort of packing supplies you will need. Make sure that you have bubble wrap and packing paper for fragile items. Acquire any boxes you need well ahead of time. You’ll also want to pick up some tape to help put together and close your boxes, and a marker or two to write labels on the boxes.
If you’re working with a professional moving company, sometimes they will provide packing materials or even packing services. If you’re interested in this type of packing assistance, ask your moving company about what they offer.
Organize and Delegate Tasks
Once you know what needs to be packed and have the supplies to do so, it’s time to start the biggest part of organize – deciding what needs to be done before and after the move, and who’s going to do it. Assign everyone in your household to specific tasks so everything gets done and everyone has a chance to help.
Make deadlines to accompany certain tasks where necessary, such as when your utilities need to be turned off at your old house and on at the new, and when your mail should begin forwarding.
During the packing process, make sure to thoroughly label your boxes. This can make a world of difference when unpacking at your new home. A helpful trick can be to number all your boxes as you label them and record at least which room in the your new home that each box goes to.
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