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The Beginning Steps to Organizing a Move


Organize a Move

Labeling your boxes will help you easily identify your packed items.

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Organizing a move can be overwhelming. Determining where to begin will help your move go smoothly.

The first step to planning a move is to contact moving companies to receive a quote, this should be done 2-4 months prior to a move (this can fluctuate depending on how far in advance your move is). Once that is taken care of, it is time to start packing up your belongings. Ideally, you will want to start 2-4 months prior to your move, but less time will work depending on the size of your home and the amount of personal belongings.

Whether you have many personal belongings or just a few, this is a perfect time to start weeding out items that you seldomly use either by yard sale, donation or passing on to family or friends. Clearing out the clutter before a move will save you time by having less to pack.

Once the clutter is cleared, you will want to start in one area or room at a time. Although there will be many items that you will need access to up until your move, you can still concentrate on packing several un-used items.

Helpful Tools:

  • Boxes: Found at local shipping, grocery or liquor stores.
  • Permanent Marker: You could choose a separate color per room.
  • Packing Paper, Bubble Wrap, Foam: Ask your local shipping store about pre-packaged boxes with foam inserts for kitchen plates.
  • Scissors
  • Packing Tape
Try to pack like items together and label each box with its room name and its contents. This will help you easily identify items and simplify the unpacking process.

By committing to spending a sufficient amount of time each day or on the weekend, you will get through packing your items quickly and your move will be off to a smooth start.

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