Getting Ready for Your Move: Tips and Tricks

In today's mobile society, relocation is an accepted part of moving up and moving out. Get ready for your move by following a few simple tips and you'll see the experience doesn't have to be as stressful as you might think.

1. Get Organized

Depending on the volume of personal items you are packing, the time you invest in organizing each box will pay off once you start unpacking in your new home. Have a special notebook where you can make a list of items contained in each box. Although items are usually grouped by type of room, there are inevitably some boxes that become catch alls for smaller items. Even if you will not be packing items yourself, you'll be glad you kept track of how items are grouped so you can easily find things you might need right away after the move. Indicate what room the box came from by either writing the room on the outside of the box or by color coordinating your labels. For example, boxes packed with items from the bedroom get a blue label. For boxes you know you will need to open the first day you arrive, such as boxes containing sheets and towels, also mark them with a red label for easy identification. Make sure you have plenty of supplies before you get started such as markers, labels, packing tape, and boxes.

2. Begin Packing Early

In order to reserve your energy and not overexert yourself right before the move, begin packing non-essential items a couple of weeks early. Be careful though, once things come out of the cabinets they take up space, so designate a room with less people traffic to stack boxes as you get them packed. Once again, even if you are hiring professionals to do your packing, it pays to begin grouping things you will want packed together. Strangers unfamiliar with your personal items may not subscribe to the same logic of household organization. Consolidate remaining items to ensure nothing gets left behind.

3. Tackle the Least Orderly Areas First

Whether we live in a house or an apartment, we all have storage areas that become increasing disorganized and shrouded in mystery as time goes by. Tackle the closet, garage, attic, and shed first before you get started on the more organized areas of your home. You might find you need to make special concessions for certain items, such as the lawn mower or valuable antiques. It's also a good idea to thoroughly clean everything that will be packed to avoid bringing old dirt to your fresh new home.

4. Getting Rid of Clutter

Moving is great incentive for going through things and getting rid of clutter. Any objects or clothing that may have been lingering around the house long past their usefulness can be either sold at a yard sale or donated to charity. Anything broken or barely functioning can be recycled or tossed. Carefully go through old papers and documents - you probably don't need the instructional manual for that TV you gave to your brother four years ago. Give away any clothing you haven't worn within the last two years, you probably will not miss it and someone else might be able to use it.



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