No one said moving was fun. Sure, the excitement of a buying a new home or relocating to a new city is fun, but the act of packing, storing, and moving all your stuff is most definitely not. Moving is just one of those necessary evils of adulthood that we can't avoid. When you have to move some or all of your belongings into a storage unit temporarily, it can be even worse. Luckily, there are ways to streamline the process and make it more organized and efficient.
1. Purge Early: Experts say that if you haven't used an item in over a year, toss it. This not only declutters your life, but it helps when you move as well. The added benefit of purging before a move is, of course, that you will have less stuff to physically move when the time comes.
2. Like Items Together: Grouping like items together seems like a pretty basic idea, but not many people follow through in the concept. If there is a vase on your desk, for example, do not pack it with your desk accessories, Instead, add it to the box of vases that you are packing in the kitchen. This simple act helps you stay organize and know where all the vases are when you unpack.
3. Label Everything Well: As we hurry along and try to get the chore of packing over as quickly as possible, we have a tendency to just write a one word description of the contents of each box. Desk, kitchen, or closet are not very descriptive words a month later. Instead, take the time to label everything well. Write out a detailed list and tape it to the side of the box.
4. 'X' Marks the Spot: When packing artwork, place an 'X' over the glass with packaging tape. This ridiculously easy step protects your artwork. Broken glass is inexpensive to replace. If the broken glass slides around on the surface of the picture during the move, however, it will ruin your art. The taped 'X' holds the broken glass in place during transit.
5. Know Where It Goes: Plan ahead and know where each box and piece of furniture goes in the new house. You don't just want to pile everything in the living room only to have to move it again later—after all your help is long gone. Tell the movers which boxes go in which room to save yourself the headache. Label each room with signs above the doorway to save your movers some headache, too. They have no idea which room is the 'den' when you have three living spaces on the first floor.
6. Give Thanks: Whether you have friends, family, or professional movers, offer your thanks for a job well-done. You can do this with a smile, a tip, or a six-pack. Everyone likes to be appreciated.
Stay organized, plan ahead, and be thankful with these ridiculously simple ways to stay organized for your next move.
For more information, reach out to companies like Mountain Moving Systems.