Moving is a stressful time. There are contracts to sign and impersonal utility companies to deal with, not to mention going through all of your belongings and getting everything packed up into boxes.
The easiest way to reduce your stress and get everything done on time is to carefully organize your move. If you are not sure where to get started, the following tips will help:
Tip: Make a List of Key Dates and Tasks for Your Move
To start organizing your move, first, you need to know what you are working with. The best way to accomplish this is to sit down with a cup of your favorite hot beverage and a blank sheet of paper. Think about your move and write down everything you can think of that you will need to do, including:
Your moving date
Each utility you need to move
Necessary address changes
Household tasks you need to complete before moving, such as repairing damage, landscaping work, and cleaning
Additionally, assign a day for dealing with each room in your house so you will have ample time for donating, selling, or purging unwanted items and packing the things you want to keep and move.
Tip: Put Up a Wall Calendar so You Can Visualize Your Plan
Once you have a clear idea of each thing you need to do prior to moving day, put up a large wall calendar and start filling in the squares with each task. A wall calendar will help you to better visualize the move and identify times where there are too many tasks to deal with in a single day so you can reschedule things where necessary.
As the days pass, make a point of marking off each day so you can see your progress and keep the momentum moving forward.
Tip: Take Lots of Digital Photos of Anything You Will be Dismantling
To prevent the frustration of not being able to reconstruct things you have to dismantle to move, walk around your home and take lots of digital photos.
For example, if you have a complicated stereo system with lots of cables that all look alike, take photos so will know how to put it back together once it arrives at your new home.
This technique also works well for large furniture items with lots of smaller parts and hardware that need to be taken apart.
Tip: Buy Supplies to Color-Code Each Room
Whether you are moving and packing yourself or you are having professional movers assist you, color coding each room's belongings will make getting things moved in and unpacked a whole lot easier.
When you shop for moving supplies, buy a package of markers in various colors and rolls of moving and storage tape to match. Place a colored marker and its corresponding tape in each room. Finally, as you pack each box, label the contents on the outside using the corresponding colored marker for that room.
For more tips, contact local moving services.