There is only one superpower that can help you turn the hectic and troublesome moving preparations into a logical and efficient process. It is neither your supernatural telekinetic abilities nor Superman that will save Moving day – only good organization can throw you a lifeline amidst all the stress and chaos. Here are some organizing ideas for your move that will help you reach the other shore safe and victorious.
Start early and never rush things
The best way to organize your move is to provide enough time and to maintain your focus throughout the entire process. Hasty decisions usually result in problematic situations, so take the time to carefully consider all the factors and aspects of your upcoming move. Plan your course of actions in details and make sure nothing important has been ignored and no significant task has been underestimated.
Create a timeline
Schedule your move appropriately to avoid unpleasant surprises. Even the most overwhelming tasks can be successfully completed with a skillful and timely approach. Don’t forget to take into consideration all the relevant factors when deciding on a moving date and estimate exactly how much time you have left. Then, create a detailed timeline, marking down every imminent task in chronological order and determining a deadline for its performance. Soon enough, you will be satisfied to see how quickly and efficiently everything has been completed.
Choose the right neighborhood
When organizing a move to a new home, you will have to make sure that this home will provide you a safe, comfortable and cozy refuge from the outside world. Research the opportunities your future city has to offer and select a good neighborhood to ensure the high quality of your life in terms of safety, convenience and recreational activities. Determine what you are looking for, such as affordable housing costs, convenient infrastructure, safety, green areas, local businesses, attractions, etc. and what you’d rather avoid. Explore your chosen surroundings (if possible – in person, if not – through Google street viewer) and locate the residence that best suits your lifestyle and can be successfully transformed into your dream home.
Schedule trustworthy movers in time
How to organize a move depends primarily on two factors: 1) Is it a local move or a cross-country one? and 2) Will you try to move by yourself or will you hire a moving company? The right choice of professional moving services will facilitate the process a lot. Research carefully the moving companies in your area, visit their websites, read reviews, ask for binding estimates and raise your guard for moving scam. Book the movers that best suit your needs as early as possible and ensure your peace of mind regarding an experienced and speedy relocation process.
Spread the word and ask for help
Once everything has been scheduled, it’s time to inform your friends, colleagues and neighbors about your upcoming move. Use your preferred social network to quickly contact all the people who matter to you and express your appreciation of the time spent together. Use the opportunity to ask for help – practical organizing tips for your move, free packing materials, actual help on Moving day (loading the moving truck in the event of DIY moves, babysitting children, taking care of pets, etc.)
Organize your paperwork
Don’t forget to contact your service providers and various relevant institutions prior to your move – transfer utilities and cancel subscriptions, get hold of medical and school records and ask for recommendations concerning medical and educational facilities in your future city. Remember that you will need to change your address and have your mail forwarded, update your insurances, transfer your driver’s license and car registration, so be sure to check the regulations in your new state.
Create a floor plan
It’s time to virtually move into your new home. Picture it furnished and occupied and create an accurate floor plan to know what furniture you will be able to take with you, what items you will need to buy and what instructions to give to your movers. You will be able to plan your dream home and to avoid many moving mistakes. Besides, this designer game is really fun!
Sort out your things and declutter your home
When you know what furniture you will be able to bring to your new place, it is time to sort out your possessions – large and small. Get rid of anything you don’t really need or like. Of course, you will keep the items invested with much sentimental value but make sure only practical and cherished belongings make their way to your new home. Organize a moving sale or sell online items in good condition you will no longer use, or at least donate them to charity or friends. You will pocket some extra cash and will save time and efforts, money and nerves moving them.
Take lots of pictures
Not only to keep vivid memories of your old life, but also to have evidence about the condition of your household items (should any dispute between you and your movers arise concerning damaged pieces, they will come very handy). Pictures will also help your reconnect cords correctly and quickly and recreate the arrangement of your home if you desire so.
Provide appropriate equipment and enough packing materials
You will need a lot of sturdy and clean boxes of various sizes, of course, but also packing paper and packing tape, furniture blankets and bubble wrap. You can get some of these for free or replace the padding materials with towels, sheets and the like, but you will certainly need to purchase some special items, such as wardrobe boxes for your delicate clothes, for example. And if you are moving by yourself, don’t forget a dolly and furniture pads, along with protective gear for yourself and your helpers.
Start packing early and label everything
Pack first the rooms and the items you use the least, equipment you rarely need, clothes that are out of season and storage spaces. Pack one room at a time and label everything properly to stay organized and unpack easily later on. Be careful not to pack non-allowable items and prepare an “Open-first” box with all the essentials for your first day in the new home.
Keep your valuables with you
Make sure your documents, jewelry, expensive electronics and heirlooms never leave your side. No matter how reliable your movers are, anything may happen, so don’t risk it!
Make the process children and pet safe
Show your children a lot of love and care throughout the stressful moving period – try to inspire a positive attitude towards the big change. Pets usually have a hard time when relocating, too, so take the necessary measures to keep them healthy and calm and to ship them properly across the country.
Make sure your kids and pets don’t play around on Moving day – they can get accidentally hurt, so arrange for somebody to take proper care of them.
Say goodbye to all your friends and favorite places
Find the time to visit one last time every place you enjoyed and to say goodbye to all the people who matter to you. Invite them to a farewell party and make sure you keep in touch regardless of the distance.
Overcome relocation depression and make your new place feel like home
Explore your new city and your opportunities, befriend your neighbors, adjust to your new surroundings and enjoy your new life!