Moving out is one of the most stressful events in our day-to-day lives. In the weeks leading up to the event, you may feel stressed out and completely out of control over what is happening.
Getting organised for the move is essential. But how do you do that? Luckily, many people have already gone through the same process. Their advice has allowed us to learn from the mistakes they made and have a clear plan for how to organise a move and stay on schedule.
Create a move-out binder.
Creating and maintaining a moving binder is one of the best strategies for staying organised during a move. A moving binder will make it easy to keep track of all your moving contracts and receipts and help you organise all your moving tasks in one easy-to-find place.
Some items you can store in a moving binder include moving checklists, receipts, utility company phone numbers, donation lists, donation receipts, floor plans, design/decorating ideas, contractor bids, medical records, school records, financial documents, and moving company documents.
Print a checklist
There are many parts to moving into a new home. From arranging for removals to resolving financial obligations, there are plenty of details to keep track of during a busy move.
It is not always easy to figure out what to take care of and when to do it. To handle this easily, you can create a comprehensive moving checklist for your upcoming move. With this to-do list, you can manage all aspects of the process in an organised and timely manner.
Colour-code and label boxes
Colour-code your moving boxes by room. This will make finding your belongings on the moving truck and in your new home easier. You can find colour-coded labels by room at many retailers, and they are rather inexpensive.
You can also create your system using multicoloured tape. For example, boxes with yellow tape are for the kitchen, boxes with pink tape are for the bedroom, and so on.
If you decide to take the DIY route, remember to prepare a comprehensive guide on how to read the different schemes.
While it may look obvious and simple when you do it, after the exhaustion of the move and everything associated with it, you will likely forget which colour represents what room.
Plan a strategy in advance.
Sometimes we just go with the flow. When it comes to packing and preparing for a move, that can be a mistake you will regret.
Have a strategy in mind and stick to it. Whether you decide to organise your move based on rooms, preferences, or gut feeling, ensure you have a certain strategy and do not change it.
When planning, considering how you plan to unpack is always a good idea, as that can be just as hard as organising all your belongings. Ensure that your chosen strategy will be effective for moving out and in your home.
Pack a box of essential items.
Use boxes or bags to pack your moving day essentials. Without them, your move may turn out to be a less-than-pleasant experience.
First, make a checklist of your moving day essentials. That way, you won’t forget something important at the last minute.
The box can include medications, toiletries, a spare set of clothes, and of course, ID and credit cards, important documents, baby essentials, toilet paper, bottled water, trash bags, paper towels, a tool kit, and pet essentials if needed.
Consider a day in an empty home and what you can not live without. Those essentials should be kept close to you, which will help you through the first few hours in your new home.
Pack by room
Think about a room-by-room packing strategy for your move.
First, decide which rooms and closets to start with. Start with rooms that contain non-essentials (in other words, things you won’t need in the weeks leading up to your move).
This includes guest bedrooms/bathrooms, libraries, storage closets, playrooms, basements, attics, and seasonal clothing in closets.
The last rooms you want to pack are the kitchen and bedrooms. These areas will most likely need to be used in the days leading up to the move, so you don’t want to pack them early.
If you have children, consider packing their room last to reduce the stress they will experience from the move.
Invest in packing and moving supplies.
Quality packing and moving supplies are essential for a smooth and organised home relocation.
Some of the items you should consider investing in are:
- Moving boxes.
- Packing Materials.
- Tape and dispensers.
- Labels and markers.
- Specialty containers.
- Moving equipment.
- Packing kits.
By purchasing high-quality packing and moving supplies, you will help protect your belongings and make the move moving process more efficient.
Remember, you can store away all the supplies after the move and re-use them the next time you are moving house. This will help you reduce waste and minimise the cost of your future moves.
Consider hiring house removals services.
When moving all of your belongings, you have several different options. To determine which option is best for you, consider the following questions:
- How far are you from your new home?
- How much of your belongings will need to be moved?
- Do you have a lot of heavy furniture, like heirlooms or small apartment-sized pieces?
You can take a DIY route and pack and move everything yourself, but in that case, you will need to budget for the cost of packing and possibly a rental moving vehicle.
If you have been living in your current place for a while or moving house as a family, using local home removals services may be cheaper.
A professional business will provide you with packing materials and help you with packing, loading, and transporting all your stuff.
Furthermore, companies offer storage facilities should the need arise so that you can keep your belongings safe until you are ready to move them into your new home.
Being able to stay on schedule is essential for the success of your move.
Creating a plan and following it is no easy task, but if you manage to pull it off, you will create the perfect opportunity to kick off your life at your new home successfully.
Consider whether you will be moving yourself or using the services of a removal company. If it is the latter, ensure that everything is properly communicated and scheduled way in advance.