Today’s post topic comes from Melissa who writes:Hi Annie, I love your blog and look forward to reading it every day. I am moving house in about a months time and wondered if you had any organisng tips you might like to share on how to make it go smoothly. I’ve got a toddler who is a handful so i am starting to plan it now. Thanks so much.
In homegirl’s honor, here are 6 tips for ensuring your move goes smoothly.
1. Create A Master List
There are many, many things to attend to during a move. Compile each and every one of those tasks on a master list, and include the date by which it needs to be completed.
Though the list itself may seem overwhelming at first glance, it will give you peace of mind to know that you’re aware of everything requiring your attention, even if you don’t get to it today. Break larger tasks into its smaller components, and resolve to cross off a certain number of items each day (more To Do List Tips).
Along these lines, it’s also wise to create a file (or files) for move-related documents (invoices from painters, movers, etc).
2. Determine Your Role
There are differing levels of involvement possible in the moving process, and it’s important to consider which is the optimal, realistic one for you.
If you have time and patience, helpful pals and strong brutes at your beck and call, then shouldering the whole move (a.k.a packing everything yourself and moving it all in your vehicle) is an option.
If you have some time and patience, a crawling toddler who requires a moderate amount of attention in order to avoid certain death, and frail friends then it might be wise to go half the pie (you pack your belongings and hire movers to do the heavy lifting and transporting for you).
If you have no time or patience, no friends or no car then it’s probably best to hire others to handle the whole sha-bang for you (they pack it and move it you sit and sip iced tea or whatever it is you do).
3. Come Up With A Packing Plan
It’s wise to pack things in order of priority of use. So, for instance, let’s say my house has both a library and a kitchen in it. I would pack up the contents of my library first, as I’m likely to be alright without access to those things for a while. On the other hand, I would delay packing up the contents of my kitchen until one of the last moments, as I’ll most probably continue to require sustenance, and therefore access to food containers. Get me?
3.5- One of my favorite moving tips is the “open me first box.” This box, labeled as such, should contain the items that you’ll need immediate access to upon arrival at your new digs. You may have just one, or you may have one for every room. Just do it, trust me.
4. Get Supplies
Boxes, garbage bags, labels, markers, bubble wrap, as well as plastic storage tubs (read which ones I recommend here). Get them. Get going.
5. Create An Inventory & Labeling System
This step will vary according to where you rate on the OCD scale, but keeping an inventory can greatly reduce stress and confusion throughout the moving process.
As you pack up each box, jot down its contents. Use an identification system (numbers or colors will do) that you’ll note both on your inventory and on the box itself. You can refer back to this inventory as a way to track each box during the moving phase (packed, loaded, in transit, unloaded, unpacked).
If you’re giving your goods over to storage or moving companies, keeping an inventory is especially wise.
Keeping things in your home that you don’t need, want or use is silly. Packing, transporting, and relocating said items (and paying to do so!) is just stupid.
Ruthlessly declutter before you pack up your belongings. Moving is an opportune time to lighten your load, as it provides a heightened clarity about what really matters to you. View your new home as a fresh start, and respect that by being intentional about what you bring into it.
– Insure valuables before you move them (consult your homeowner’s policy to see if items in transit are covered and if not, insure them through your moving company). And on that note, if you do use movers, do your research (!) and make sure it’s a reputable company.
Got any great moving tips of your own? Throw them in the comments below!Image credits: stock, Martha Stewart, Marianne Jacobson, A Bowl Full Of Lemons, unknown, Life’s A Journal, BBC