Learn how to keep your packing organized and stress free with these tips.
The process of packing and moving your entire life can be stressful, but planning ahead and staying organized are key to having a stress-free move. To help you out, we’ve come up with some tips you can use to get and stay organized from before you start packing until you’ve unpacked the last box.
1) Start Organizing Early
As with everything in life, the key to maintaining a low-stress move is to start planning and packing as early as possible – even as early as a month or two in advance. As soon as you know you’re going to be moving, start thinking about everything that needs to get done and plan out each step.
2) Create a Moving Plan
Whether physical or virtual, a moving plan will help you stay organized throughout the entire process of packing, moving, and unpacking. Your plan should include:
• A moving legend
• A box index
• How you’ll label boxes
• Other important information
3) Have a Master List of Rooms and Box Numbers
Create a master list with each room in your new home. As boxes get packed, indicate which boxes belong in each room .
4) Create Labels to Put on Moving Boxes
When creating labels. Labels should include a box number, a general description of contents, and which room the box belongs in. They should also be easy to read at a distance. Paper and tape, writing on the boxes, even printer labels can all be effective choices.
5) Fill Out Your Box Index
This is an index of everything that goes into each box. It might feel silly when you’re doing it, but it makes packing and unpacking easier and faster.
The earlier you start packing, the more important the box index is because you won’t remember what you packed into which boxes 6 weeks ago. That said, the last few hours of packing are always hectic, so don’t worry if you don’t have time to fill out your box inventory for the last few boxes.
6) Open Me First Boxes
The open-me-first boxes are the boxes that have everything you’ll need on your very first night and morning in your new home. This includes bedding, a few dishes, some favorite foods, a shower curtain and towels, etc. Use colored tape or markers to make these easy to identify. For a long-distance move, you should also have first night boxes, that travel with you in the car and contain just enough to make life bearable until the truck arrives.
Regardless of whether you’re the most organized or the most chaotic mover, we can provide everything you need to make the process of moving go as smoothly as possible. Start here to see how we can help you with your next move.