Moving is considered one of the most stressful times in life. In fact, moving is considered one of the top 5 most stressful life events. A way to make your moving experience less stressful is to be organized! Check out my top 5 moving tips below:
1. ALWAYS DECLUTTER BEFORE YOU MOVE
Something that is worth taking the time to do before a move is to DECLUTTER! As you're packing bins and boxes set aside the items that no longer serve a purpose or bring you joy. It will serve as a fresh start for your new home. Consider donating to your local registered charity. Helping With Furniture in Ottawa or The Furniture Bank in Toronto. You can decrease what you'll need to move to your new home. Plus, you'll be helping someone in your community!
2. CONSIDER MAKING A MOVING BINDER
Creating a moving binder is one of the best strategies for staying organized during a move. Not only do moving binders make it easy to keep track of all moving contracts, but they also contain all moving tasks into one easy-to-find place. Items that can be stored inside of a moving binder include: moving checklists, receipts, utility company contacts, medical records, school records, financial documents, moving company paperwork and so on. You won't regret it!
3. MAKE A LIST, LABEL, & NUMBER EACH BOX
As you pack your boxes, make a list of what each box contains. Assign a number to each box. On your list you will have the items on the list along with the corresponding number. This will help you keep track of your belongings and will help with locating your items upon arriving to your new home. You can keep this list in your moving binder. Other ways to sort your itemized list is to place the list inside of the boxes or taping the lists to the outside of the boxes. I prefer storing the list in the binder. A number on a box provides more privacy. Either way, it will make packing and unpacking much easier!
4. SORT OUT CONTACT NUMBERS FOR ALL UTILITY & SERVICE PROVIDERS
With everything you'll have on your mind, it can be easy to forget about this one. Since you will need to cancel and/or transfer your utilities to your new home it is worth creating a list of all of your utility companies. Make sure to keep all utility information organized by including relevant contact information. Utilities may include cable, internet, water, gas, electricity, and so on. Again, you can keep this list in your moving binder.
5. PACK A MOVING DAY ESSENTIALS BAG
One of the best tips that I abide by is to pack a moving day essentials box or bag. Trust me, it will make a major difference! I recommend making a checklist of all moving day essentials. This way you won’t forget something important at the last minute. Definitely include your wallet, prescriptions, toiletries such as toothbrushes and shower products, an extra set of clothes/PJs, any important identifications, important documents such as a passport or birth certificate, basic cleaning products and paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, and a tool kit.
Now, take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee, and start getting sorted!