You may be ecstatic about moving into your new custom home, but the actual moving process can be quite nerve-racking. After all, there is so much to do and so many things to keep track of within a relatively short span of time. To make your next moving experience go much smoother and with less stress, check out these tips for getting organized when moving.
Outline a To-Do List and Moving Schedule
When you use a notebook, a laptop, or even your smartphone, create a to-do list that outlines all the major tasks and milestones, you need to complete leading up to the move. You’ll want to get all of these thoughts down somewhere, so nothing slips through the cracks: cleaning out the attic, booking a moving service, hiring a junk removal service, canceling utilities, alerting change of address, etc. You may even find it helpful to break these tasks down to even more manageable sub-tasks. During this planning process, also create a schedule for all moving-related appointments and major dates. That would include meetings with your real estate agent or movers and deadlines.
Pare Down Belongings and Declutter
It’s easier to move when you have fewer items to take with you. Start to declutter your home as soon as possible. Ask yourself: Do I want this in my new home? You’ll need all the time you can get to sort through your possessions and determine what you want to keep, sell, donate, or throw away. Then, of course, you’ll need to allocate time to actually get rid of your sell, donate, and throw away items so you won’t be stuck with all your unwanted stuff on moving day.
Rent a Storage Unit
Some folks opt to rent a storage unit or a pod. As they are cleaning out, they place the items in storage until they are ready to donate or sell everything at one time to charitable organizations, thrift stores, and some junk-removal companies. You may need to consider renting a storage unit for a few months. A rental unit can provide some extra and secure space to hold your items until these organizations can work with you to pick up or have you drop off. This way, you won’t be stuck with boxes of unnecessary stuff in your new home.
Pack By Room and Purpose
When you’re busy packing away your family’s life into boxes, you’re going to have trouble keeping track of all those boxes! To help, try using labels or colored-tape to sort your items by room. From there, pack according to the purpose. Keep a master list with the box number, room name, and contents. With this tip, you may be able to find something quickly down the line if you haven’t managed to unpack everything within the first few days or weeks. For example, your kitchen items could be organized into utensils and cabinet items, but you’ll want to keep cleaning products and detergents separate. When you move, the boxes will be labeled with the room where they belong, making it easier for the person carrying the boxes and ensuring that they arrive in the right place in your new home.
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