Hello, I’m Sallie. Welcome to my site about moving to a new home. When I decided to move, I was a total mess. I found myself running between tasks, not seeming to get anything done in the days before the move. Luckily, a good friend came by and set me straight with some smart moving tips. From then on, I was able to pack up, transport and unload my belongings with ease. I will share those same moving tips my friend provided me, as well as other things I had to learn on my own along the way. I hope to make your next move easier than ever.
Packing up your entire household to move is a huge task that few people enjoy. And in the rush to get this job done, many people fail to properly label and organize their stuff — making unpacking and setting up your new home even harder. How can you avoid this mistake? Here are five tips for any type of move.
1. Hire Movers. When you hire professional movers, you not only get someone to do the job of transporting your heavy stuff. They will also have a preplanned inventory and organization system for everything placed in their charge. While many homeowners use this in conjunction with their own labeling system, a detailed mover's inventory can provide enough for the harried homeowner's needs.
2. Prepare Labels Early. The faster you have to pack and the closer the deadline, the less you're likely to properly label things. So why not prepare some of your labels in advance? Preprint obvious labels you know you'll need, including major furnishings and big items as well as a few boxes that you'll definitely use in each zone or room. Tearing off a sticker is easy and fast, so it's more likely to happen.
3. Go Room by Room. In the push to get everything packed, it's easy to mix up items from different rooms or with different usages. However, fight the temptation to stray from a single location as you pack it up. By keeping things grouped together as much as possible, you can include fewer details on labels but still end up with more boxes in the right locations.
4. Keep Supplies Handy. Make labeling easy and convenient so everyone does more of it. Ensure you have lots of markers, blank or preprinted labels, tags and twine for larger items, and paper for extra lists. Place supplies in all rooms rather than keep them in one location. Encourage everyone to take ample supplies and replace things quickly when you run out.
5. Use Your Phone. Do you always have your phone at hand? If so, take advantage of it for inventorying purposes. Put simpler labels on boxes and bins, but take photos before you fill or close them up. These photos, labeled to correspond to each box, provide an easy visual inventory. You can also add more photo details at your convenience straight into your phone or mobile device.
Want more help keeping your household goods organized and identifiable throughout the moving process? Start by meeting with an moving company like United Moving and Storage. With their expertise and well-honed systems, you'll know exactly where everything goes no matter what size move you're making.