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Top 7 Tips for an Organized Move

Moving is an inherently stressful and tedious task. The best way to get through your move as smoothly as possible is by staying organized. We’ve put together a list of the top tips for an organized move. Following these tips will minimize any headaches or anxiety that can come along with moving.

Keep a Moving Binder

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One great way to keep your move organized is with a moving binder. This allows you to keep all your important moving documents all in one place instead of having them spread out. This way you always know where they are and can access them whenever you need them. You can keep mover info, contracts, loan documents, and receipts in this binder. You can also use it to keep inventory lists, checklists, your moving schedule, and change of address documents.

Create a Moving Checklist

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Before you even get started moving, the best way to stay organized is by creating a moving checklist. List everything that needs to get done for your move. We recommend that you start planning for your move at least two months in advance. You can use this comprehensive moving checklist we put together. This way you can focus on one task at a time.

Put Moving Tasks on Your Calendar

There is power in writing things down. Schedule a date for every moving task you have on your checklist. Do you need to go through your belongings and get rid of things you no longer need? Schedule a date and time in your calendar to get it done. What day and time will you need to turn off your utilities in your old home and turn them on in your new home? Forgetting to do this is a common moving mistake.

Gather Moving Supplies in Advance

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The last thing you want to be doing is scrambling for the right moving supplies last minute. You want to make sure you have the right moving supplies that will protect both your belongings, your old home, and your new home. Make sure to have sturdy boxes, moving blankets, packing tape, and tape dispenser. Other helpful items you might need are packing paper, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and floor runners.

Label Boxes

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Labeling your boxes is one way to make the moving and unpacking process easier and quicker. Properly labeling your boxes will make things way easier to find and put away. You may even consider labeling the sides and tops so you can read the labels when the boxes are stacked. The best way to label your boxes is by category and room. Labeling your boxes by color can also make things more efficient. For instance, you can assign each room or category a different color.

Take Inventory of What’s Inside Each Box

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To take your organization to the next level, you can even take an inventory of what’s inside each box. Give each box a number and list everything inside it. Looking for your toaster? You list should tell you which numbered box it’s in so you don’t have to go through every single kitchen box.

Pack an Essentials Box

There are a few items that you will probably need access to right away. Your essentials box should keep items you will need the first night and first few days in your new home. Some examples of items you should include are paper towels, toilet paper, dishware, silverware, and entertainment. Each family member should have their own separate essentials box that includes toiletries, medications, and clothes.

BONUS TIP: Hire a White Glove Moving Company

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These top tips for an organized move will definitely make your move more pleasant. However, if you’d rather save time and effort, consider hiring a white glove moving company like Megan’s Moving. We can handle the entire moving process from packing to unpacking. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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