Moving or Know Someone That Is? Here Are 25 Tips and Tricks for an Organized Move
Worried because you're moving soon? Don't fret...we have some everyday wisdom tips and tricks to help you during this stressful time. Follow these tips to reduce the chaos around you before, during, and after so that you can achieve this arduous task successfully the organized way!
1. USE A CHECKLIST. You don't want to leave anything undone. So, make it easy on yourself and make a checklist outlining everything that needs to be done before and after.
2. If you're not going to use it, LEAVE IT BEHIND. Avoid moving anything you don't really need. These useless items will cost you money, and just as important your time. Don't let this happen. If you don't use it now, you most likely won't use it later. Don't kid yourself.
3. TOSS OUT CLUTTER. If you've got tools that no longer work, or broken toys, old clothing and other items that you no longer need, don't move them. Get rid of them. Here's a chance, as well, to give usable items to charity or hold a garage sale.
4. DON'T SKIMP ON YOUR MOVING SERVICE. At Everyday Wisdom we say to choose an experienced moving firm with an established reputation for good service and reliability. Choosing someone that is unreliable or inexperienced will waste more time and money than you can imagine. Think of the aggrevation!
5. ENLIST ANY HELP YOU CAN GET. You will get a lot more done with some family members and friends helping you pack and/or unpack. If your children are old enough, they should be helping too.
6. BOX IT. You've got different items in different sizes. So it's a good idea to Get boxes in different sizes. When you get boxes, inspect inside. You don't want to store important items in boxes that are dirty. or in bad condition. If the boxes do not have covers, you can seal them. That's important. So make sure your boxes have covers on the top. As soon as you're sure when you will move, it's a good idea to begin looking for boxes. You can collect them from your local stores and retailers. If you want just the right kind of box, you might want to buy your boxes from the company who will move you. Throught the years, people have found Liquor boxes to be really good. After all, they are stong, they have dividers. But just as we said a minute ago, make sure these boxes have covers.To store them... flatten them out until you are ready to use them.
7. USE THE A-B-C SYSTEM. Everything you pack does not have to be unpacked the first day in your new home. If it contains essential items, mark it PRIORITY A. If the contents are important, but not crucial, mark the box PRIORITY B. If the box contains out of season items, holiday items and other things you won't need right away, mark the box PRIORITY C. Then, unpack in A, B, C order.
8. WRAP IT. You will need plenty of wrapping paper and heavy-duty tape. Keep in mind that items wrapped in newsprint will most likely carry a layer of ink which means they will need some cleaning after they are removed from the boxes. If you use movers, this will probably be unnecessary as they use unprinted newsprint. You can do the same. Just purchase the unprinted newspring from the movers. You can also use Kraft paper and tissue paper. There is also shock- resistant corrugated paper which makes superb wrapping materials. You will find these at many major department stores and craft stores.
9. MARK IT. Felt pens are great for tagging boxes with formation. You can include what's in side which room it will be going in or how fragile it is.
10. LABEL EACH BOX. When you get to your new house, you're going to want to easily distinguish what room each box belongs in. To make this easy, why not place on each box a sticker that is removable, and color coded for each room. One color for the bedroom and a different color for the living room or dining room. Think of the time this will save you! If you want to, you can record what is in each room on a master list. If you can go to your new home ahead of time, you may want to place a colored sticker on each door, corresponding to the boxes that will contain the contents for that room.
11. LIGHTEN UP. Cartons can be handled easier if they do not exceed 50 lbs., fully packed. Keep this in mind when you're packing.
12. ROOM BY ROOM. Pack on a room-by-room basis, keeping the contents of each room in separate boxes. This will eliminate confusion and save time when you're unpacking.
13. PACK EARLY. Even if you only pack two boxes a day, in thirty days you will have packed sixty boxes. Start in areas where the goods are not in frequent use such as the cellar, attic, garage, etc.
14. ORDER ADDRESS LABELS. Order address labels before you move into your new home. They will be great to have on hand when you need to indicate a change of address on anything. Leave a few behind with the people who move into your old home or apartment so they can forward anything that gets delivered to them for you. Give them a few bucks to cover any postage costs.
15. MAKE A SURVIVAL KIT. Here's a great idea: Make a survival kit for that first night in your new home. What should you include? Things that will make your first night easier. Perhaps some food (make it non-perishable). You'll probably need a can opener, some bottled water, disposable plates and utensils, and a flashlight that really works. If you want to take a shower, you'll need some towels. To sleep in your bed, carry some sheets with you, perhaps a blanket. You'll definitely need some toilet paper and toiletries. Pen and paper would be good, as well as magazines and games. You'll also need a change of clothes for everyone.
16. HAVE SOMEONE WATCH THE KIDS. If you have children, especially young children, it might be a good idea to have someone babysit them while you are doing anything that involves your move, such as packing, unpacking, etc. Your kids won't be interrupting your progress and you'll accomplish more.
17. USE THE ONE ROOM RULE. Set up ONE room in your new home as quickly as possible. This way, you'll have a quiet retreat, free of boxes. You and your family will then have a place to go when you need a break from all of the unpacking activities.
18. MAKE IT PET SAFE. If you have pets, be sure you have a plan for when the movers arrive. Perhaps keep your cats in the bathroom with the litter box, or put your dogs in a fenced in yard. Also, take care to do what you can so your pets feel comfortable in your new home. Bring their favorite toys, give them attention, and don't leave them alone for long periods of time for the first few days.
19. MAKE THE FIRST NIGHT SPECIAL. Make the first night in your new home as special as possible. It can be take-out Chinese food, or pizza, but you may sweeten the evening with flowers, candles and music. It will really make a big difference and will help you to unwind and de-stress.
20. DEVISE A PLAN. Before you begin unpacking randomly, sit down with your family. Discuss a plan, including where things will go, who is responsible for what, etc. It will help things run smoothly.
21. KEEP YOUR TOOLS HANDY. One of the most important things to have on hand when moving into a new home is a toolbox that includes at least the basic tools and hardware. We're talking tools as imple as a screwdriver, nails, a hammer, and so on.
22. FUNCTION BEFORE FORM. It is best to first arrange your furniture, and then unpack accessories and personal items.
23. GET READY FOR BED. As soon as the bedroom furniture is delivered, set it up and put the sheets on the bed. You'll be grateful that everything is ready for sleeping later on tonight when you're really tired.
24. LET EVERYONE KNOW. Inform everyone that you've moved with simple postcards, or e-mail for those family members who can receive it.
25. GET ACQUAINTED. Once you arrive at your new home, schedule some get acquainted days on your calendar. This is a great time to figure out where the supermarket, bank, post office, etc. are and will give you a chance to get familiar with your area. If there is a tourist bureau in town, stop by and see what events and opportunities your town will be offering.
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