Written by: Linda Vanderkolk
The moving season is upon us, and if you’ve moved before, you know how chaotic and daunting it can be. Don’t panic! You can get organized and eliminate stress before the moving truck arrives. Here are five easy tips to set you up for success and ensure that your move is organized and worry-free.
Eliminate last minute scrambling and stress by starting to pack early. Start in areas where you keep items that are not used often, such as the attic and garage.
Even if you pack a box every other day, in a month you will have packed fifteen boxes!
2. Leave it Behind
It’s expensive, time-consuming, and unnecessary to move things that you don’t really need. If you don’t use the item now, you likely won’t use in your new home either.
Before you start packing, get rid of old items such as clothing, toys and anything you no longer need.
Donate anything that can still be used to a charity or if you want to make some extra cash, host a garage sale.
3. Get Some Helpers
Full service movers are great, but not everyone can afford them. Enlist the help of some friends and family, and turn it into a social event with a BBQ to celebrate the move.
And if you have kids who are old enough, get them to help as well! Whatever you do, don’t go at it alone – you will be a lot more efficient (and won’t go crazy) with some friends and family members helping you pack and unpack.
4. Use a Priority Labeling System
Unpacking can seem completely overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Remember, everything you pack does not have to be unpacked right away in your new home.
When packing, use a priority labeling system. For example, if a box contains essential items, such as bedding, label it Priority #1.
If the contents of a box are important, but not essential, label the box Priority #2.
Other boxes will contain things that you won’t need right away, such as holiday items and out of season clothing. These can be labeled Priority #3.
When you begin unpacking in your new home, you will know what order to tackle your boxes in (#1, #2, and then #3).
This is just an example, you can use any method of labeling that makes sense to you.
5. Make a Plan
If you use the labeling tip above, you have already made packing and unpacking a lot easier for yourself, but that’s only part of the hurdle.
Before you actually start packing and unpacking, sit down with your family or helpers and go over a plan.
You should discuss where things will go, who is responsible for what, and what you absolutely have to unpack the first night. Having a plan in place will help things run much more smoothly.
For most people, moving is a chaotic and stressful process. Starting early, leaving unnecessary things behind, enlisting some helpers, using a priority labeling system and having a plan in place can be tremendously helpful. I hope that these five tips have helped you and best of luck with your move!
Linda Vanderkolk is the founder, Principal Lead Organizer & Project Manager of ClutterBGone™ operating out of the Greater Toronto Area.
With a background in the field of law and social services, Linda is expertly positioned and trained to manage any organizational challenge and the emotions that may arise during transitions.
Linda specializes in residential and small office organizing, downsizing and transitions. She has been a regular contributor on Rogers “Daytime” television and has appeared as an organizing expert on Rogers’s television “In The Know”, “Boomer Chat”,“Whistle Radio”, has been featured on the Panel of Experts at the 2013 Conference for the Professional Organizers in Canada and appears in numerous print and on-line media articles.
She is an active member of the Professional Organizers in Canada and is frequently called upon for interviews and to present workshops and seminars related to organizing and downsizing.