Moving: The Best Time To Get Organized
Moving is certainly a daunting task. The thought of packing up everything you own, moving it and then unpacking and putting it all away in the proper spot can be a challenge to even the most organized. If you’ve got some work to do in the area of organization, it can be a truly overwhelming challenge. Here are some tips to help you prepare for and move as organized as possible.
Create a Timeline: If you have a moving date planned, even if you only know a general timeframe, create a plan. List all the things you need to do, calls to make, closets to purge, purchases, etc… Get it all down on paper or digitally in an app like Timeline Builder.
Start Early: Having time before the move to go through your stuff is crucial. If you start early, you won’t be pressed to get through the papers and boxes that you really don’t want to deal with (but you know you have to). Make time to get through some of those tough to-do’s.
Purge: Especially if you’re downsizing, purge like crazy. You may not often take the time to clear out every crevice of your attic or your basement–NOW IS THE TIME. Go through everything you have and make sure you want to bring it with you. If not, toss it, give it to someone you know, or donate.
Get Like Items Together: Before packing, make sure to get like items together. The more organized things are going into the boxes, the more organized you will be on the receiving end. Don’t count on the movers to place like things together and organize. Their job is to quickly pack up everything in sight and they can sometimes take a bulldozer-like approach.
Pack a Suitcase: Don’t count on having everything unpacked immediately. Pack up clothing and necessities to get you through the first day or two. Especially with kids, pack their things separate and don’t forget to include toys and comfort items so they will be immediately available to help with transition.
Last Out First In: Remember, when loading the moving truck, what is loaded last, will go in first. We suggest the kitchen be loaded last as it is usually needed first and takes the most time to unpack.
Organize & Optimize: Moving into a new space is a clean slate for organization. It’s a new opportunity to refresh and get organized. Putting things away in proper order will not only help you to be more efficient and find what you need quickly, it will also help to optimize the space that you’re in. Especially if you’re downsizing, making the most of every storage opportunity is important.
Contain: Having the proper containers makes a huge difference in optimizing storage space. With so many stores carrying endless varieties of storage options, knowing what will work best in your space will make all the difference.
Moving is the best time to get organized and create a fresh “clean” start. The organizing experts at Chaos To Order can walk you through the process every step of the way, from asking the right questions during the purging process to finding the perfect storage solutions to maximize every inch of space.