8 Moving Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier
If you have 100 friends, it’s statistically probable that 16.8 of them will be relocating in the next 12 months. Unless youare one of the people who has a relocation on the horizon, in which only 15.8 of your 100 friends will be moving. In the grand scheme, 40 of your 100 friends are going to move in the next five years. Moving is just a part of life.
Packing up your entire world and relocating can make you feel like a crazy person. We understand this, and so we’ve put together a nice and tidy list of moving organization tips to help you keep your sanity while relocating.
Moving Organization Tips for Keeping Your Sanity Through a Relocation
- Purge it. Before you even start the moving process, be generous about getting rid of things. The less clutter you have, the clearer your mind is, and the fewer physical objects that you have to worry about. In the months before your move, have boxes labeled “Throw It Away” and “Donate It” handy at all times, so you can just put items you don’t need anymore in the proper box and erase them from your mind.
- Treat yourself to a good moving company. When researching local movers, don’t let price be the only determining factor. You will be putting all of your earthly possessions in the hands of these people, and what you get is what you pay for. Look for moving companies who have years of experience and an established reputation that you can trust.
By all means, do not ever hire a moving company who is not registered with the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT is here to protect you, but they can’t do much if you hire a company they’ve never heard of.
Bonus tip: Get an estimate in writing with a signature, and make sure the moving company’s DOT number is on it; when the moving company shows up, verify that the DOT number on the truck matches the one on the estimate. This isn’t just one of our moving organization tips, this is for your safety.
- Accept volunteers. When your friends and family offer to help you pack and move, don’t be shy about putting them to work. The more hands you have, the faster the work will be done.
- Stock up on moving supplies. You’re going to go through a metric ton of moving boxes, packaging tape, and box filler. The more you have on hand, the easier it will be to get everything packed up.
While you’re out getting supplies, pick up a notebook that can serve as your brain throughout your move, and a few good quality permanent markers for labeling boxes.
- Use a ranking system. In addition to labeling your boxes with the room they belong in and a reference number for your inventory spreadsheet, add an “A,” “B,” or “C” to the label. The items you need right away, label with an A, the items that are less important, label with a B, and the items you don’t need until next Christmas, label with a C. Unpacking in order of A, B, and C will help you get your home organized faster.
- Start with the kitchen. Your kitchen has the greatest quantity of small items that need to be packed away, and the most items that you won’t need before you unpack. Getting your kitchen packed will keep your mind clear and help you feel efficient in the process, making the rest of the job easier. This is one of the moving organization tips you’ll thank us for the most.
- Order labels with your new address. You’re going to have about 500 places that you need to update your address. Having your new address printed on labels gives you the chance to just slap the new address on all your forms and be on your way.
- Pack a suitcase with one-weeks worth of essentials. Pack clothing, essential toiletries, cosmetics, and medication that you’ll need for one week during your move, so that you have easy access while everything else is in limbo.
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