Come up with a written plan
Whether you’re computer savvy and can make a chart on Excel that keeps tabs on what you need to pack or you’re old-school and like to keep things written down in your notebook, it’s very important that you keep a physical copy of your moving checklist at hand. Trust me, even if you have a great memory, a hardcopy of what you need to do before you move will save you a huge headache. Make a list of what you need to pack, who you need to contact (i.e. the post office), what needs to be cleaned, and whatever else needs to happen before you begin moving. As soon as you complete something, check it off the list immediately.
Labels are your friends
Labeling boxes and bags that contain all of your personal belongings during a move can remove a ton of stress from each stage of the process. Put a descriptive—or even not so descriptive—note on every storage container. More importantly, don’t put an item into a container that is not within its respective category. While moving, if you need to find something, you won’t have to worry about tearing through all of your already packed boxes and bags.
Note: this tip is especially important with any paper documents you plan on taking to the new home. Organize them by their purpose and don’t mix them in with other papers or you could find yourself in a nightmare of a situation.
Toss what you no longer need
One thing that almost anyone who moves realizes is that they have so much stuff. Ask yourself if you really need everything in your home. Throwing out, giving away, or selling the things you don’t need is one of the best ways to get organized. The less you own, the easier it is to store things and keep your new space uncluttered.
Don’t be afraid to hire help
Aside from the necessary top real estate agent to help you sell your house, or the professional movers to transfer heavy furniture, don’t be afraid to hire someone to help you organize your space pre-move. Most people have busy lives outside of moving, making the process a huge burden - not to mention the physical and emotional aspects, especially for older adults downsizing. Organized Haven was started for this very purpose and we’d be more than happy to help you get organized before you move. Get in touch with us today if you’re in the Central Florida area!
Nicole Ramer, SMM~C
Owner, Professional Organizer, and Certified Senior Move Manager®
635 1st Street S. Ste# 4 | Winter Haven, FL 33880