Five Tips to Staying Organized When Moving

Moving is a huge undertaking, and it can feel overwhelming for many.  However, if you vow to stay organized from start to finish, it doesn’t have to be as stressful as it seems.  Abide by the following five tips to make the process as smooth as possible.

  1. Start Packing Early- The longer you wait to begin, the less time you have and, naturally, less time leads to more anxiety.  If you start the process early, you can take your time and be as thorough as possible.  Begin with the things you don’t use on a daily basis, such as items in the attic or garage, or unseasonal clothes.  You will want to wait on packing the things you use often, so you don’t find yourself rooting for boxes looking for your toothbrush or the toaster.
  2. Set-Up a Staging Area- Keep all of your packing supplies, such as boxes, packing tape, and labels in one place, so you don’t have to turn your entire home upside down all at once. If you have a large house, you may need to set-up more than one staging area, so there are always supplies handy.  Consider putting one on the first level and the second level, so you can avoid taking the stairs to get things that you need.
  3. Eliminate the Junk- A move is a fresh start, and essentially a new beginning, so purge all the unnecessary items you have been holding on to that aren’t being used. It helps to create 3 piles in each room, one of things to keep, one of things to donate, and one of things to throw-away.  For clothes, a good rule of thumb is if it hasn’t been worn in a year, donate it.  Same goes for bedding and home decor.  If you forgot you had something, then it probably means you no longer need it, throw it out or donate.
  4. Keep Like Items Together- This should be obvious when packing things from each room in the same boxes, but it also helps if you take it a step further. Rather than removing all the clothes from your dresser drawers, simply remove the drawers and wrap each one individually, with clothes still neatly folded inside.  The same goes for your cutlery tray.  Rather than taking out every piece of silverware, shrink wrap or tape the tray before you add it to the kitchen box.  This will eliminate a time-consuming step when you arrive at your new place, and helps you keep your sanity as well!
  5. Label EVERYTHING- You may think that a quick peek inside the box will be sufficient in figuring out where to put it when you arrive, but moving boxes to and from different rooms will waste a lot of time and energy. Label each box specifically, and make sure matching labels are present at your new home, so the movers can match the boxes to the proper locations.

Finally, it is important not to stress the small stuff and try to enjoy the process.  If your move doesn’t go as smooth as you planned, relax and concentrate on getting settled anyway.  The outcome is really all that matters, so as long as you and your belongings end up where you wanted them, the move was a success.

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