Packing up and moving can be one of the most hectic times in a family’s life. Aside from the uprooting of the entire house, there’s also emotional fall out and financial issues to deal with too. While I can’t help you with the last two, I can try and make the actual move itself a lot easier for you. These 5 steps to an organized move will keep your move on the smooth and easy path.
The biggest thing about moving is that you absolutely need to be organized. If you’re not, you risk losing things, a huge stress induced headache and extra costs in time and money. You’ll want to pick up a few moving labels, some highlighters (different colors) and a clip board.
Start Early – One of the first steps is obviously packing your things, but one of the biggest mistakes that most people make is not starting early enough. When you know you’re going to be moving, it’s time to start packing…even if you don’t have a new home picked out. Ideally, you’ll want to give yourself at least 3 months to sort and pack. You don’t want to be packing boxes as you’re loading the truck. I’ve been there and done that and really…it’s not fun. Obviously you won’t be packing up the dishes, but books, keepsakes and other things that you don’t use on a daily basis are fair game.
Sort and Clean – As you’re packing, be sure you’re sorting and cleaning as you go. Go through the things you pack and get rid of anything that you don’t need or want. Sell what you can (it never hurts to have additional funds) and donate what you can’t. Whatever you do, don’t keep it if you don’t use it. The last thing you want to do is move items that are simply clutter.
Label as you go – Remember those labels and highlighters I told you to pick up? This is where they come in handy. As you pack a box, label it with what’s in it if you want. Then, use one specific highlighter to color the label. Be sure you write down what room the color goes with. The highlighted color makes it quick and easy to glance at what room the box goes into and go and the label helps you quickly see what’s in the box. If you want to take it one extra step, you can number each box by room and write them on a sheet of paper.
Load in Order – As the week of your move approaches, you’ll want to start packing the things that are left. Be sure to pack a few bags or boxes to keep with your family so you have what you need during those first few days after the move. Things like dishes, clothes, towels, your kid’s favorite toys, etc. Also be sure to keep out blankets and pillows too. If you numbered your boxes, you’ll want to keep your clipboard handy so that you can check off each box as it goes onto the moving truck.
Unloading and Unpacking the Mess – As each box comes off of the truck, be sure to mark your spreadsheet that they arrived. This will help you keep track of things and make sure that everything that should have arrived, did. When you go to unpack, grab your clipboard and start with the most important items. Unpack in order of importance and soon, you’ll be completely unpacked!