Being A Model Mover

How To Stay Organized While Moving

Moving to a new home is a complicated and involved process, as it requires you to literally pack up your entire life and transport it a significant distance, usually within a restrictive time frame. As a result, moving is usually regarded as a stressful process. However, if you stay properly organized, you can help ensure that moving day is as stress-free as possible and that all of your belongings are moved safely and quickly.

Start Early

Though it may seem like common-sense advice, the most important thing that you can do to stay organized while moving to a new home is to start as early as possible—even if it's before you have your exact moving dates set in stone. This means packing up the things that you rarely use first to reduce the amount of effort that you have to put in closer to moving day, and it also means renting a truck or hiring professional movers for a specific date in the future so that you know you have access to the resources that you need on moving day and won't have to scramble to get the logistics organized while packing.

Group Up

The actual packing process should be done in groups; this means packing up a single room at a time, and then within that room grouping items based on their function. For example, in the kitchen all of the utensils should be packed together, all of the dishes, all of the dishtowels and fabrics, all of the furniture, and so on. This way, you'll be able to prioritize the items that you use least to pack first, and you'll also speed up time during the unpacking process by eliminating the need to go digging through boxes in the search of a single item that you can't seem to find anywhere.

Labelling and Categories

Beyond packing up your belongings as groups, you should also make an effort to label all of your boxes. First, you should use colored tape (available at most hardware and moving supply stores) to categorize your boxes by the groups that you've developed above (by room, and then by function works well). To get more specific, you should also use a permanent marker to write the exact items that are within the boxes on them as well; this ensures that you are able to stay just as organized while unpacking as you were while packing.

For additional advice, contact a moving company in your area.