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How to Get Organized to Move Houses: Simple Tips to Make Moving Day Easy

Make Moving Easy

For those of you who’ve been here before, you would know that we moved houses  last month and that experience is the inspiration behind this post. I did some things right and some things wrong. Here’s hoping that when you move houses, you do everything right!

Accept the Challenge

First things first, moving is indeed a daunting task. So, accept that and get started with preparing for the big move. Whether you’re moving cross-country or across the street, there are some things that you just have to do and get in order. These organizing tips will help you make the moving process easier, less stressful and better for the whole family.

Use Your Home Management Binder

Reach for your home management binder and create a new tabbed section, labelled MOVING. Use this to track pre-moving details – real estate agents, house details, paint and fabric swatches and such. For the actual moving process, use this invaluable binder to hold details such as people to contact before you move, details of the packers and movers, friends to call for help, support and food(!), addresses to change, things to get done in the new house and so on.

If you don’t have a home management binder, now is umm, not the time to make one from scratch. Simply take a file or folder, add some sheets in it and use it to record important, must-not-forget moving-related information.

Don’t Obsess Over Organization

Yes, I know. I am contradicting myself. However, hear me out. While you do need a place to record important moving-related information, you don’t need to go all crazy over organization. This is NOT the time. Forget about categorizing things according to type or name. Just take cartons and put things that go into one room in that. It will be easier to pack and quicker to unpack.

Love Your Labels

Labels, DIY or store-bought, are your best friend during a move. You can either buy ready-to-stick blank labels and stick them on the boxes or make your own. Or just use a bold, black marker to write down which box goes where. The bottom line: Make it easy to find things and unpack things.

Create and Pack a First-Night-at-the-New-Home Kit

This is a MUST. We, in fact, created a first week kit since our daughter was going to preschool and I had work to take care of, so unpacking was slower than usual. So, what we did was take a separate suitcase and pack it with essentials that we would need for our first week in our new home. Clothes , toiletries, cellphone chargers, medicines and first aid kit, a few food items for my daughter’s lunchbox and two sets of bed and bath linen.

Stay Real.. Stay Happy About the Move

Like I said, a move can be daunting. It can wreck your nerves, make you crabby and cause you to snap at your daughter and spouse. { Don’t ask me how I know that?} So, treat it like an adventure. Stay real. Accept that settling in does take time and patience. Spread happiness by doing fun moving-in stuff together like, picking new curtains or setting up the living room with your spouse.

Have you moved houses recently? What made the moving process easier?

Photo Credit: Daniel Lobo

Prerna


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Comments

  1. If I can stay in the moment when taking on a huge task like moving it really helps me. Just to concentrate on one thing at a time, and not let my mind go nuts thinking about all the future things I have to do. Have a wonderful day!

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Wendy, thanks so much for sharing. Absolutely, the importance of staying focused and mindful does take on a whole new meaning when you’re moving. :-)

  2. Hi Prerna

    Saw this post featured in the Social Moms weekly update! Congratulations!!

    Having gone through several moves and two corporate relocations (one of them being cross country) I completely agree with your comments! A few suggestions to add:

    Start the packing process as soon as you know you are going to move. In general, most real estate agents suggest you declutter your home before listing it so this is a great way to start to pack away some of your personal effects such as photos and collectibles.

    Additionally, while packing, take the time to throw away things that you know you won’t need in the new house. Surprisingly, I found the process of unpacking to be much more unpleasant and daunting then packing. It was more irritating when I saw things that were packed that we could have thrown away. Honestly, many of the boxes we had packed stayed packed for a good six months after moving in. I remember thinking to myself, “how badly do I need all of this stuff if I didn’t miss it for the past six months”?

    Finally, for our older daughter (the younger one was a newborn when we last moved) we did everything possible to make the move into an adventure for her. She was apprehensive about leaving her home (which had a pool) to move to a new home (without a pool, which is a pre-schooler’s first priority). We bought her a special backpack with wheels for her to pack the toys and books she wanted to have with her until we could get everything unpacked. That really made her feel special and lessened the anxiety a bit.

    Thanks again for a great post!

    Jennifer Pereyra

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Thanks for sharing such lovely tips, Jennifer. I completely agree about unpacking being tougher than packing. I write this as I sit surrounded by boxes filled with “stuff” that I need to give away. Imagine how easy my life would have been had I never just carted it all over to the new place. LOL

  3. Aunt Linda says:

    I love your tip about packing a first-night-at-the-new-home kit tip. Will definitely do that. We’re downsizing and I’m getting rid of a much stuff as I dare. So far we’ve made a lot of non-profit organization very happy, as well as friends. It’s a great feeling knowing I’ve given just the right treasure to the right person.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Linda! Thank you for stopping by. I’m so glad you liked the tip. It probably saved my sanity when we were unpacking! And yes, it is a great idea to give away stuff you don’t want to carry with you (via Jennifer) and I love how you put it across, “the right treasure to the right person.” Lovely!

  4. Aishwarya says:

    Nice tips especially the first week kit. When we last moved, we had the pictures / wall hangings put up first before my toddler came home. It helped ease the little one’s anxiety about leaving behind her old home. She was quite comforted to see our familiar stuff though in a new setting.

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