Staying organized can make the difference between a hair-pulling nervous breakdown and a calm, efficient move by the books. Here are four tips to help you stay centered and focused amidst the whirlwind of tasks required during the moving process.
1. Create and Use a Moving Binder/Notebook
You’ll be juggling a lot of balls throughout the moving process — best to keep everything organized in one place. A solid binder/notebook (or the Moved app) can serve as your central hub of all things move-related. Here is a sample list of things to include and keep track of:
Lay out your master moving checklist.
Plan your budget and refer back to it regularly.
Write down and compare quotes of different moving companies, rental trucks, storage units, insurance options, etc.
Take notes on the pros and cons of different places during the home/apartment hunt.
Gather important phone numbers: moving company, insurance company, truck driver, real estate agent, broker, new landlord, handymen, etc.
Keep important papers: receipts, bill-of-lading, insurance contracts, paint swatches, etc.
2. Go Digital
Given the world we live in, what would an activity be without a new app to help you out?! Of course there is the Moved app which we highly recommend :). Along with that, Evernote and Wunderlist are two of the most popular planning apps in the world, and work great as a digital to-do lists. Both Sortly and Snap N Pack are designed for moving and allow you to easily print scannable QR codes to put on boxes, which sync with photos you’ve taken of the box’ contents. Never again will you wonder what’s in all those boxes you labelled “Misc”!
3. Label Boxes
Labelling boxes makes the experience better for everyone, you, your family/friends and the movers. Not only will a solid labelling system help you remember what’s in the boxes for easy unpacking, it will help you keep track of everything you’ve packed/unpacked, and it will speed up the moving-in process by letting the movers know clearly where the boxes are going. They won’t need to ask you for directions every two minutes, leaving you free to wield your organizational magic elsewhere. There are many label systems out there — you can use computer labels, stickers, or a good old-fashioned large marker to get the job done. You can also use a color-coding system, e.g. yellow for the kitchen, blue for bathrooms, green for the living room, etc. Here are some more tips on how to pack for a stress-free move.
4. Pre-Plan Your Furniture Layout
This tip will require a measuring tape, and a bit of upfront work — but trust me, it will pay off in the end! What you want to do is get a clear layout of your new home/apartment, with accurate measurements. You can draw this out yourself, or use a site like Urban Barn or Plan Your Room to speed up the process. Then, once you measure all your major pieces of furniture, you’re free to experiment with different floor plans!
While measuring everything will feel like a hassle, ultimately you will save yourself lots of time and effort. Moving furniture around on paper or a computer is certainly easier than lugging it around your place. And as an added bonus, you’ll be sure that everything will fit! You don’t want to show up at your new place only to realize your couch won’t fit through the door.
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