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In honor of organizing week, today I’m offering tips on how to stay organized while you move. About two years ago The Chef moved in with me after we got engaged, these are photos from that fun time. And in June it will be two years since we moved into our first house. On average I’d say I’ve moved about ten times, not counting all those back and forths each year in college. Some people probably move more often right? Do you know how many times you’ve moved?
It can be a stressful time, but doesn’t have to be at all. Here are some my tips for getting organized during a move.
Tip 1 – Enlist friends. Packing up an entire house or apartment can seem daunting, but doing it with a buddy (or a few) who packs while you sort can make the project go twice as fast. If you promise them pizza, I’m sure they will help!
Tip 2 – Make a plan for the items you are working with. Once you start to pack, you’ll probably realize there are things you no longer need and can get rid of. A great way to get though this is to put the items into three piles. 1. Pack 2. Donate 3. Throw away. Any other items you’ll use between now and when you move can be kept in separate bags or boxes for moving at the last minute.
Tip 3 – Pack like items together. Once you start to wrap things up, keep as many of the same items together as possible. Then when you want to look for them later, you know they will all be there. When you start to do this you’ll see just how many rolls of scotch tape you do have… and can get rid of. Less to pack = less to move!
Tip 4 – Have a little fun. Nobody says you can’t! All the physical labor might tire you out, refreshments can keep you energized and you can celebrate the start of living in a new place. Now I am not promoting booze here friends, just make sure you eat during all that work too!
Tip 5 – Create a moving day box. This should include any items you might want to use on moving day. Here are some:
Packing tape ~ scissors ~ sharpies ~ box cutters ~ extension cords ~ light bulbs ~ rags ~ cleaning supplies ~ reservation info for the moving van ~ water and snacks ~ garbage bags ~ plastic bags ~ tissues ~ hand wipes or sanitizer ~ aspirin ~ toothbrush & paste
Any other tips you’d like to add for organizing during a move? Did you make a moving day box?