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Ten Tips for an Organized Move

Moving is ranked as one of life’s most stressful events, but it doesn’t have to be. Many families chose to relocate once school’s out for a more timely transition. The following ten moving tips will help you stay in control of the events leading up to your move.

1. Develop a master plan

Even if you plan to use a mobile app, a binder with dividers and pockets will save you time and energy. Sections could include your checklists, inventory list, receipts and other moving related documents.

2. Create a “command central”

Set up an area where you can keep all moving supplies and tools such as…

  •      labels
  •      wrench
  •     moving boxes
  •      packing paper
  •      bubble wrap
  •     sealable bags
  •     packing tape
  •      tape gun
  •      extra tape
  •      dry wall filler
  •      scissors
  •      twine and/or rope
  •     box cutters
  •      markers, pens and pencils
  •      screwdrivers
  •      pliers

3. Purge

Moving is a great time for editing your belongings. You don’t want to pay movers to transport your moving boxes of unnecessary items. Sell, donate or trash items that are no longer useful.

4. Create an inventory list

Before you pack even one box, create a spreadsheet showing the number of the box, content descriptions and the new location. Place a number on EVERY box you pack and note the contents on your list.

5. Create labels

Create numbered labels so that each box will have a unique number. Each box will need three labels (of the same number) for the top and two sides. Also create labels for each room, fragile and “Do not Move”. Use accordingly.

6. Arrange for help

Make arrangements for moving supplies, moving truck and/or movers as soon as possible. Reputable moving companies can also handle the packing. If necessary arrange for offsite childcare and/or pet-sitting.

7. Map the new home

Create a floor plan to help you mentally set up your new home and to determine what items are necessary. It will also help the movers get the appropriate boxes to the right rooms!

8. Inform everyone

Prior to moving, let all interested parties know of your upcoming move. E-mail is a great tool. Use a master list to help you keep track. You can also request mail redirection at the post office for any mail that you may have missed.

9. Keep important documents with you

At all times you need to be able to locate important papers so it’s advisable to use a portable file box for documents such as…

  •     birth certificates
  •      bank statements
  •     cheques/checks
  •     credit card statements
  •     insurance policies
  •      marriage records
  •    medical and dental records
  •      passports
  •     school records
  •     stock certificates
  •    tax returns
  •      important telephone numbers
  •     vehicle documents
  •      wills

10. Pack methodically

Pack each room in increments. Pack lesser-used items during the first week and leave the most-often used items until the last week. Use suitcases for items that you will need immediately upon arrival and pack these in your vehicle.

An organized move helps you to stress less and stay in control. However, if the job is too overwhelming, you may want to contact professional organizers. Check out storage facilities, moving companies and organizers at to help your family relocation go as smoothly as possible.

Do you have other moving tips to share? Please add them below!

By Deborah Milne

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