Spring and summer are the most popular times of year to move, and I don’t blame anyone (who wants to add ice and winter conditions to the stress of moving? No one, that’s who)! Now that moving season is upon us, here are some great professional organizing tips to help prepare for your move.
Get yourself prepared ahead of time. As soon as possible, begin donating old and unwanted items. I can’t tell you how many people report that they have wrapped, packed and paid to move something from their old place, only to throw it out once it’s been moved. Avoid this major moving pitfall by focusing on one area at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed. The longer ahead you start this process, the better off you’ll be.
Start a moving binder. We like to set our moving clients up with one of these every time. It should contain dividers with tabs labeled: important contacts (movers, storage, etc), checklists, contracts, receipts and anything else that takes your fancy. We like the file dividers with front pockets so that you can add items in a hurry.
Print a checklist of services to notify about your new address. Oh, snap! We just made one for you. Download and print it here. You’re welcome!
Pack a suitcase or overnight bag so that you won’t be searching around for something to wear on the day after the move. Don’t forget toiletries and personal items.
Label the coffee maker with bright red marker. I know this sounds like a joke, but you would not believe how many people just want their coffee maker on the morning after and have no idea where it is packed. Don’t be like those people.
Send an e-notice to your friends and family. With the stress of a move, remembering to email or notify everyone in your black book can be a big task. Consider using a virtual invitation company such as Evite.com to alert people to your change in address. Or better yet, notify friends and family to your new address by inviting them to a housewarming party! Once you get settled in, of course.