Organizing a move comes with a lot of logistical challenges. Coordinating yourself, your family, movers, and friends takes time and a lot of patience! That’s why we created a few tips to help you get through it all in one piece, just in time for National Moving Month.
Donate old clothes and food instead of packing them.
If you’re trying to figure out what to pack first when moving, you may be asking the wrong question! Instead, think about what you can get rid of so that you don’t have to pack and move non-essential items.
First, take a sweep through your pantry. It may be worth it to simply donate food you don’t think you’ll eat before your move. Plus, you’ll be helping out your community – it’s a win-win!
Next, take a good look at your clothing. If you’ve been meaning to clear out your closet, this is your chance. Donating clothing you won’t wear again will save you from packing, moving, unpacking, and organizing it.
Create an “unpack first” box with moving day essentials.
Once you’ve eliminated items you don’t want to worry about packing and moving, create an “unpack first” box that contains things you’ll need on your first day in your new home. We recommend including some basic supplies:
- A set of dishes, or paper/plastic dishes
- Toilet paper and paper towels
- Basic cleaning supplies
- Towels and washcloths
- A shower curtain
It can help to pack as though you’re taking a trip, ensuring that everybody in your household has pajamas, toiletries, and a change of clothes.
Basically, think through a typical day and create an “unpack first” box that has everything you’ll need. Your moving needs will be different if you have kids or pets, so remember to include items for everyone in your family!
Keep important documents with you.
Imagine this: The big day is here, it’s time to move, and you realize that the worst has happened. You’ve packed your checkbook. Before you start packing, identify important documents and pack them separately.
Consider the following documents:
- Your passport
- Closing documents
- Social Security cards
- Birth certificates
- Medical & school records
- Marriage certificates
Anything that’s too important to lose should be packed separately and kept with you. That way, you’ll know that you have any critical documents close at hand – and they won’t be accidentally stashed in the back of your closet to be unpacked later.
If you’re responsible for organizing a move, it can feel like quite a lot to do all at once! But with a little planning and preparation, you’ll get through fully intact – and with a lovely new home to boot!
Are you looking for movers, a handyman, or another service professional to help out at your new home? Check out Hanna Home Pros, a network of curated home service providers, to find somebody in your area.
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