Organized Moving. Is that possible? I feel like you go into moving with organized intentions, but at about the 50-75% completion mark, caution is thrown to the wind. The back of the car is piled with stuff. Boxes are no longer clearly marked or packed properly. You debate whether you want the rest of this stuff, or if you should just throw it away! I’ve collected some Tips for an Organized Move that will help make the moving process less of a disaster!
I’ve been there!
Below are some tips to have a more organized move, while not spending tons of cash. My husband, daughter, and I are moving in a month or two and I am determined to make the best out of a stressful situation. An organized moving experience!
Tips for a More Organized Move
- Get tons and tons of boxes. And don’t pay for them. Likely you know someone that works in a store or restaurant that receives shipment boxes regularly. If not, hit the mall or grocery store. They get shipment everyday and likely have boxes to spare. Remember, ask nicely and plan ahead, you may have to come back at a later date to pick them up.
- Don’t mark your boxes… with markers. Instead, get a different color/pattern tape for each designated box area. IE, pink = kitchen, red = living room, etc. This will save you from writing each room 4 or 5 sides of a box. And it’s easier to see at a glance. Also, pick up an electric yellow or other obnoxious color to additionally mark fragile items. Put color-coded maps up in several places of you new house, including all entry ways. So. Much. Easier.
- To pack your closets, group your hung clothes in large bunches with a rubber band. Next, put a large garbage bag upside down over the clothing (you’ll have to pop a hole in the bottom of the garbage bag to get your hanger hooks through there. I’ve done this on many occasions and it is a life saver.
- Pre-pack all of your out of season items… cooking utensils, clothing, beach towels, heavy blankets, you name it, pack it up!
- If you plan on painting or carpeting, do it before you start moving in. The goal is to touch the items you’re moving the least amount possible. It will not be helpful to move everything into your new house, then move it all around the house while you paint. = No fun.
- If you’re going to rent a moving truck, reserve it early, especially if you plan on moving during the summer months. I’ve found that even if you change your dates, you still lock in the lower rate.
- Speaking of moving truck, consider the dolly/hand truck and moving blankets that you can typically rent with a moving truck. If you are willing to gamble, wait until when you pick up the truck to inquire about renting these. Chances are good that if the moving company has the blankets and hand truck in inventory, they will rent them to you on the cheap (or even free!).
- And one more thing about the moving truck. You should be able to purchase insurance coverage for the truck – DO IT. Check with your insurance agent ahead of time just to be sure, but 99% of the time your normal vehicle insurance does not cover vehicles as big as moving trucks. Don’t risk the purchase of a $60,000+ vehicle (sometimes for as little as $20/day). Things to make sure: Daily price, deductible, coverage, loss of use coverage, and if they can give you a better rate!