Planning to move in the near future? There are many ways you can stay organized while moving, although it can be a bit complicated. If you’re moving and want to learn what you can do to stay organized before you move, then you’ve come to the right place. Kate Sheppard, from The Moving Blog, has five great tips to help your get your home organized before you move:
Do what can be done in five minutes.
Many times we get stuck with a huge pile of things that need to be done. Often this is because we’ve put off dealing with them until everything needs to be done all at once, quickly. For busy families, this can be a problem. You will need a large amount of time in order to get things done. But, there is a solution. Getting organized before you even start packing can be done in short spurts of time. Simply take five minutes to gather five things that you want to donate or give away. Use five minutes to clear the fridge of expired products. Take five minutes to organize the hair barrettes your daughter has thrown all over her room, plan out your week, clean the junk drawer, etc… Getting into a routine of taking five minutes to do things will help with completing the tasks that need to be done before you move.
Never leave a room with nothing in your hands.
Pick up things that are out of place, no matter which room you’re in. Put them back where they actually belong. Do not leave a room empty handed. This will help make packing easier later.
Tidy up each night ten minutes before bed.
Each night before going to bed, take a few minutes to walk through each room and get them organized for the next morning. That is, take ten minutes to make sure that your child’s backpack is complete and ready, mail is ready to go out, your to-do list is created, plan what you want to make for tomorrow’s dinner, etc… Being prepared for the next day helps with being organized. You never know what may come up or happen that will interrupt what you have planned.
Leave notes or clues to get rid of clutter.
When you have a lot of things going on at the same time, you may not be able to remember everything. It’s good to leave notes for yourself. This takes the guesswork out of what needs to be done. Place colored stickers on clothing that you want to get rid of. Mark dates on the calendar to remember when you have appointments or bills due. That way, you’ll always know what has been done and what still needs to be done. If you do not use it, it’s time to get rid of it, before you move.
Create “zones or stations” in your home.
Whatever you want to call them, gathering items into one location always works. Instead of walking all over your kitchen gathering items needed to make coffee, keep your coffee supplies in one location for efficiency. This is a tip that you can apply to many other areas of your home… snacks, games, crafts, etc… It can save you a large amount of time when you need to find a certain item that you want or need.
5 Things to Remember for a Successful Move
So you expect to move in the next few months. Hiring the right moving company is critical, but there’s other aspects you may want to keep in mind. Of course, you need to be ready for the unexpected, but the following tips may help. Keep these tips in mind as you plan.
Plan & Prioritize
Draft a budget as early as you can. Moving takes time and resources. Sit down and figure out what it will cost to make the transition. Better yet, talk to a Mighty Movers representative for customized pricing.
Yes, you need boxes, but you may need different sized boxes. Don’t forget packing tape and a few Sharipies. Save yourself some stress and label boxes on multiple sides.
Make a Moving Schedule
We are busy people, and this may sound silly, but most of our weekends are booked a month in advance. We’re either visiting family, friends, hosting, traveling etc, so it helps to set out a schedule and black out designated moving days.
Start Packing Early
Procrastination is not always the culprit. We all have busy schedules, but you need to make it a point to set aside some time everyday (or every few days) to start packing. This is a time consuming activity so don’t leave it for the weekend before the move.
This is tough for everyone. When was the last time you wore it? Will you wear it again? If you cannot answer either of these two questions, it’s best to toss it out. Throw it away or jump to the next tip and donate!
Preparation for the “big move” is the key. When it comes down to the “heavy lifting”, Mighty Movers has all the right modern equipment. And, with our competitive pricing and friendly staff, it’s ONE decision you won’t won’t have to worry about.
Get Hung Up on Hangers
Moving into a new home is a great time to rethink the way you organize your closets. Hangers are a critical part in keeping your clothes readily accessible – and more importantly, keeping your garments from losing their shape.
Contrary to what you may think, you should not be using one universal hanger for everything in your closet. The reason why there are so many different types of hangers is because they all serve a specific purpose. Use the right hangers for the right clothes, and you will find your closet to be a much more pleasant place.
Plastic Tubular Hangers
The majority of garments in your closet will be just fine with these. They are ideal for most shirts from casual to business and they are fairly inexpensive. When picking plastic tubular hangers, you should opt for heavy ones so they will hold heavier pieces.
They are most commonly used in spare closets that don’t see a lot of action – especially if you have a problem with moths or moisture. These hangers come in array of styles and sizes and since they are so durable, they are also a preferred choice for winter coats.
Delicate knits and evening wear that can easily get out of shape from other hangers benefit from a padded hanger. The padding wraps all the way around the hanger and pampers your clothes.
Keep your jackets and bottoms on suit hangers because these have curves that protect the shape of the garment while the strength of them provides support to heavy pieces. Having multiple hangers for each just takes up a lot of extra space in your closet that most people don’t have to spare. You can also use these for evening wear, sweaters and robes.
These hangers are made for pants, skirts and capris that wrinkle or crease easily. They allow you to hang pants from the cuffs or waist and skirts from the waist, and they don’t leave marks.
Plus-sized clothing or larger peacoats, trench coats or heavy garments should have oversized hangers. You won’t believe what a difference 2 inches can make in the width of a hanger.
You never want to use adult hangers for your child’s apparel because they will stretch these small pieces out. Although they are generally plastic, wood and padded varieties are available as well.
Do you know of any other hangers we left out? If so, leave us a note in the comments!
Golden Rules for Moving Efficiently
Regardless of the reason (whether it’s procrastination or a last minute transfer), here are some tips for packing fast while keeping stress and chaos to a minimum.
Keep the basics readily available
Begin by packing up all the basics you’ll need for a week or two, including clothes, toiletries, and basics for the kitchen and bathroom — you won’t feel like digging through a mountain of hastily packed unorganized boxes looking for a pillowcase at 10pm. Keep the number of suitcases and boxes to a minimum so you can easily keep track of them all, and mark/set them aside in a prominent, easy-to-access location.
One room at a time
Fill boxes one room at a time, bedroom items with bedroom items and living room items with living room items , etc. Label clearly and pack everything together except very fragile or otherwise distinct items. Use generous amounts of packing material and group like items together from different rooms only if you have time.
Open box policy
Leave boxes open for as long as possible and don’t tape all boxes closed right away. Leave a few open in each room so you’ll have a place to put all the miscellaneous items that will crop up as you go. Don’t pack anything you don’t really love or need. Fill garbage bags and designate items for giveaway as you go. Make choices quickly and resist the urge to second-guess decisions once they’ve been made. Hopefully – you’ve made previous plans with Mighty Movers for the last step – moving to your new location. Our team is fast, effective, and we’ll work hard to to make your move go as smoothly as possible.
Travel & Moving Hacks
When you’re in the moving process, it can be similar to traveling since you may have to stay at a hotel or back your “essentials” in a suitcase. Dave Hax, “Efficiency Engineer” for Holiday Inn, showcases quite a few tips for smart and efficient packing, so we decided to share the video with you here!
There’s some pretty useful tips here so pay close attention because he goes pretty fast. The video is only 90 seconds long, but there’s some real gems here!
Our favorite is the use of binder clips for various toiletries and cables!
What NOT to Pack
Amongst all things you have in your house or apartment – garage, attic, living room, etc. you have to figure out the destiny of each item. And, it only makes sense that some of these things should not be moving to your new location. The folks over at TheMovingBlog.com have a few tips.
Things to throw away
This may be probably the easiest to do. You don’t have to move with you items that are worn out, broken, damaged or just out of fashion. Put it all in the garbage! The more things to pack when moving out, the higher your moving costs!
Items you don’t know what to do with
This is where the difficult task is. Every home is full of so much stuff that holds no particular function and just collects dust from the shelves. If you have items that are of emotional value to you or are expensive, keep them. If you have things that hold no or little value for you, donate them or sell them.
What to sell?
Surely you have household goods that are in a good condition but you don’t need them or want them. You can organize a moving sale, uplod things for sale at websites like ebay or craigslist, etc.
Whatever you don’t or won’t sell, you can give way to neighbors, friends, family, colleagues.
Valuables, documents, money – don’t pack them and don’t give them to the moving company; take them with you on your move. Bank statements, contracts, laptop, credit cards, jewels, currency – these are all things you should protect well all the time, includingly when moving. There are also items, forbidden to pack and give to the relocation company like perishables, explosives, weapons, ammunitions, etc.
Make sure these 4 Things are in Order Before You Move
If you’re about to move into a new home, life’s probably been hectic with packing, calling moving companies, and getting time off work in order to actually make the move. LeadsPlease estimates that more than 40 million people move each year.
It’s not uncommon for people to wait until the last minute to pack and prepare, which leaves them scrambling, spending half the night taping up boxes, going on endless Home Depot runs for more bubble wrap, and spending the first couple nights at their new place with flashlights until they’ve regrouped enough to make sense of everything.
Set up utilities and services
Have all the modern conveniences set to go when you move in, or at least have the appointments made. Gas and electricity are important, but so are those entertainment and communication utilities, like phone service, television, and Internet access. In order to save money, many purchase Direct TV bundles that can provide them with the right combination of services to fit their life. Whether you want just the basics, or larger packages with premiere movies and sports, talk to the Direct TV provider in your area to see which options will work best for you.
Reviewing your car, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies is also vital, because coverage can differ from one place to another. Get a grip on what these things are going to cost as you’re finalizing your personal budget.
Create Functional Space
Set up a couple of places in the home right away that will be functional. Set up at least one bathroom with towels and a shower curtain, soap, shampoo, and toothpaste. The last thing you want to do is go on a scavenger hunt for toilet paper in the middle of the night. Completing one room will motivate you to move on to the next room, until your new place becomes home.
Verify that School Transitions are on Track
If you’re moving with kids, call any new schools your children will be attending. Confirm that the old school has successfully sent all needed records to the new school. Ask your child’s old teacher to write a note about your child that will help the new teacher get to know him that much faster. Missing this step can lead to a delay in your kids starting school, and you may have to take off work unexpectedly while you sit in the principal’s office filling out paperwork
Change Address and Update Contacts
If you aren’t especially tech savvy, the U.S. Post Office can give you a paper form to update your address. If you embrace modern conveniences, then you may want to fill out your change of address form online. Either way you file, you can opt in to receive money saving coupons that could prove to be useful in your new home.
Let your friends and family know what your new address and phone number is. If you have any subscriptions, such as magazine, or a book or wine of the month club, update them.
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10 Reasons to Hire Professional Movers
Hiring an experienced crew to assist with your relocation can result in a stress-free moving experience. If you are considering hiring a moving company, the following are ten reasons to hire professionals to help with your next move.
#1. Peace of Mind
Planning a move can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Professional movers understand the best ways to navigate the roads and how to handle your belongings to keep them safe and protected. Knowing that your possessions are in safe hands will help to ease your mind on moving day.
A professional moving company will often be the most reliable option, rather than attempting to move with the help of friends and family. Professional movers undergo rigorous training to learn the best moving techniques so that they can keep your belongings safe.
A moving company will be held accountable for your move and will work to ensure that all of your belongings arrive at your doorstep safely. Relocating without the help of experienced movers gives you the responsibility of seeing that all of your belongings arrive safely, which can result in added stress during your move.
A moving company will be able to give you a date and time that you can expect all of your possessions to arrive at your new home. Many companies pride themselves on prompt, professional service, and by finding a good mover, you can expedite and simplify the moving process. Not to mention, they can squeeze your couch through that staircase much more quickly than you can!
A professional moving company will be more efficient at handling bulky items such as furniture or heavy boxes during your move and will be able to more efficiently transfer all of your belongings to the truck and, later, into your new home.
#6. No Heavy Lifting
Without proper training, heavy lifting can lead to back strain and other health-related issues. You can avoid all heavy lifting during your move by hiring a professional moving company to assist you with the process.
#7. Professional Inventory Process
Taking inventory of all of the items in your home can be a daunting task, but a professional moving company can handle that for you. This will help to ensure that all of your belongings arrive safely to your new destination without spending hours tracking each individual box or item in your home.
Hiring a moving company often results in a much safer moving process. Experienced professionals understand how to transport items that you may not—load and unload boxes, pack a lamp properly and wrap your mattress safely. To reduce or eliminate damage to your items, they use the right materials throughout the move.
#9. Experienced Movers
Experience counts in moving. An experienced mover will be able to address any concerns that you have and provide a safe, fast and efficient moving experience for you.
#10. No Hassle
If you’ve considered asking friends or family to help you move, it’s important to understand the risks and hassles that go along with that. Packing your whole house with the help of a few friends will be more challenging than if you hired professional movers to pack your boxes and transport them to your new home safely.
The 5 BIG things to do One Month Before Your Move
There are tons of “little” things you need to set straight before you move to a new home. In fact, we have a great checklist and a comprehensive list of moving tips right here. But, the folks over at TLC have identified the 5 most important pre-move items you should take care of before your big transition.
Notify the Post Office of Change of Address
Don’t let this one fall through the cracks. You may miss some really important mail — like bills, bank statements and checks from people who owe you money. You can pick up a change of address form at the post office, fill it out and send it via snail mail. Or you can fill out the form online. You simply inform the U.S. Postal Service of your new address and the exact date when you would like your mail to be forwarded to that address. It’s easy.
Notify Utility Companies of Account Changes or Disconnections
Make a list of the utility companies you need to contact and then get out your bills (or look up your account information online). It’s usually pretty easy to get a service turned off at one place and turned on at another. But you might also use this move as an opportunity to reevaluate your services. Could you save some money by switching companies or getting a different package? Do these companies have any special deals right now? It never hurts to ask.
Newspaper/Subscription/Pending Online Orders
Are you subscribed to any magazines? Did you order something on eBay? Your mail should be forwarded, but just to be safe, you might want to go ahead and call those contacts to let them know what your new address is.
Collect Important Papers and Medical Records
Packing up for a move is a great time to organize your essential documents. As you’re going through your papers, collect your most important documents — your will, birth certificate, financial documents, social security card, car title, medical records, etc. You don’t want these documents to get lost in the shuffle during the move.
Make Any Reservations for Lodging
For various reasons, you may not be able to stay at your new home the first few days. You might need to make reservations for them at a nearby hotel. Whatever lodging reservations you need, you should go ahead and book them at least a month in advance. You don’t want hotels to fill up before you get a chance to set up your stay.
Tips for Rearranging Furniture
Here’s the scenario: You made an excellent choice in selecting Mighty Movers to relocate successfully. A few weeks have passed and you want to make some adjustments to the furniture layout in your home. Nothing too drastic of course. Moving large pieces of furniture up a flight of stairs may require some professional help (so call us!). But here we’re just talking about moving some furniture to opposite sides of a room, or even a small adjustment to a large piece of furniture. The tips below should come in extremely handy.
Slide instead of lift
Small piece of furniture can be carried, but anything more cumbersome should be slid across the room. Instead of ending up with a beautiful room, most of us can end up with a bad back. If you do have to lift something, use your legs not your arms and shoulders and keep your back as straight as possible.
Using towels and cardboard
Slip something underneath your furniture’s legs. To do this, rock your piece forward or backwards slightly to slide the material underneath the legs instead of lifting the piece. By doing so, the furniture will move easily across the room. On carpet, try cardboard; and on bare floors, towels or rags usually work great.
A pretty useful product available online. Here’s the link. You can put them on all of my furniture as soon as you get it. Though they’re significantly more expensive than felt pads, they are worth the extra investment 10-fold. Most importantly, they are very durable and they make even the heaviest pieces of furniture slip across the room with ease.
Push or pull
While it may seem natural to push a heavier piece, I’ve actually found pulling to be more effective than pushing for certain pieces of furniture. First, place an arm on either side of a piece of furniture. Then, with your feet a few inches away and using your arms as a brace, lower your body as if you were going to sit, then inch backwards.
Empty everything out of it first
Obvious right? Don’t forget to empty out instead of trying to move everything when it’s all filled up. Not only will it make it lighter, it’ll prevent something from falling out accidentally and creating a mess.