Moving can be a very chaotic time. There are so many things that need to get done, and some of those things don’t always move as quickly as you want them to move. Organizing your move can help you move more quickly and efficiently, as well as reduce the stress of potentially forgetting something or double moving. Just make sure to take a deep breath and keep everything in perspective — it is going to be a long move-in day, but after that you’ll have plenty of time to relax! Here are some ideas on how you can keep your cool when moving.
Start packing at least two weeks before you move out. That way, if you find yourself running out of boxes — because there will always be one more thing to move — or having to make multiple trips to the store, it won’t be as stressful as trying to move everything in a rush.
Map Out Your Move
Figure out your moving route before you move. That way you can schedule movers or move yourself in a way that limits backtracking or moving through neighborhoods twice. You’ll also save yourself time by avoiding doubling back to move items you forgot.
Prioritize Your Move
Work on the things that will take up most of your time during the move first, like packing up all your kitchen tools and clothing, so you make the most efficient use of your time. Once everything else is packed up, move on to organizing and packing decorations, putting away dishes, etc.
Take An Inventory Early
Take a list of items that need to be moved — even going through all the rooms in your home if you have a lot of stuff! Use a spreadsheet or even a notebook to list what is going and where it needs to go in your new place.
Stay Organized During Move-In Day
The first day that you move into a new home can be a little hectic, but a big part of staying organized is being methodical about moving things from the car into their respective rooms. Try moving on move-in day during the daylight hours — you’ll be more awake and on top of things, even if you are exhausted from moving.
Get Some Help for Move-In Day
If move-in day falls on a weekday, ask your friends or family members to join you in moving heavy furniture or appliances into storage spaces or from the move-in truck to your home. Even if you’ve hired a moving company, having friends come help you can really take a load off. This will help you move quickly and smoothly, as you won’t have to move everything once it is placed in a room.
Once move-in day is finished, take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Now you can relax and enjoy your new space. Moving is a lot of work, but if you take it one step at a time and prioritize your move, you’ll be able to move with ease.