If you have decided that your upcoming move can be handled without the help of a professional moving team, then the following pointers may be useful as you count down the days until the “big move.”

  • Organizing with lists. We all aspire to be better organized when taking care of our daily affairs. A list is an invaluable tool for anyone trying to accomplish tasks in a consistent and timely manner. How we create and structure a list is largely based on personal preference, but there are some guidelines that may be helpful when choosing a format. We all know what a list is. It represents everything we need to do. All those things weighing on our mind each and every day. Keep your list simple to start. If you don’t feel as if you can cross it off that day, save it for another. First and foremost prioritize. What needs to be done today and what we can realistically do? If you bog yourself down with too many tasks it can be very overwhelming and self-defeating. Start your lists with only a few items. Being able to cross them off gives you a taste of success and you can grow from there. Start with daily lists rather than weekly ones. Go slow and work out the bugs. Just remember if you make one list to help you make another list, you are simply trying much too hard.
  • Instead of looking at the prospect of moving as one huge overwhelming task, break it down to manageable segments such as rooms. Make plans to pack one room at a time and stay focused on that area of your home regardless of the temptation to move into other rooms. If that one room is still too daunting, break it out into segments within the room if it’s a bedroom view the clothes, the bedding, the accessories and knick-knacks all as separate “to do” items.
  • Buy your boxes (or re-use the ones you kept from your last move or borrowed from a friend). Make sure you have a wide assortment of sizes since you don’t want to fill a big box with heavy items keep the heavier items reserved for smaller sized boxes. Also buy your wrapping paper (or use old newspapers, but be warned newsprint can bleed onto what it’s wrapped around), tape, markers to clearly mark contents of each and every box in as much detail as possible. Don’t just write “shoes” if there’s more than one member of the household that is moving.
  • While packing, don’t forget to empty dresser and cabinet drawers since to not do this only adds weight to an already heavy piece of furniture. Once emptied, it’s a good idea to seal door s of cabinets with blue painters’ tape. You can do the same with dresser drawers unless you plan to remove them to move separately from the main piece.
  • When loading the truck try to load in the order that you want the boxes removed at the other end. In other words, first one at this end will be last off at your destination. If you’re going to need quick access to things such as cleaning supplies or documents, make sure they are the last to be loaded.
  • If you have large area rugs remember to load these after all the furniture since you’re going to want to unload them before the furniture at your destination so floors can be protected.
  • If you are planning on loading a truck and still having to spend the night before physically “hitting the road,” make sure you leave necessary bedding and toiletries unpacked until the very end. By being the “last on” when you leave, they’ll also be the “first off” at your destination should you pull in late at night and need these items for sleeping before unpacking the next morning.

So there you have it. The secret to a successful move is to tackle it in small increments and think about “the other end” before you even get there. With these two practices in place, your move should go off without a hitch!

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