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How to Organize and Prepare for a Smooth Move

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Moving can be an exciting venture and a chance to start fresh in a new place. However, it’s common to run into issues that can derail your move, or moving stress can get in the way of managing your home affairs. Staying organized is crucial, allowing you to monitor your things so they’re handled appropriately as you transfer to a new home. It can prevent more problems and ensure nothing is lost or broken in the process. Being organized can save you a lot of anxiety and trouble so you can settle in without a hitch. Here’s how to manage and prepare for a smooth move:

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When preparing for a move, sticking to a schedule or plan can ensure you check all your boxes when clearing out rooms while still following a feasible time frame. Create a moving plan or checklist to outline all the steps you need to take and when you will do them. For example, you can dedicate a day to packing or decluttering items in your garage and attic and stick to that plan to stay organized when moving. Setting a clear start and end time for your sessions helps you stay motivated to adhere to your schedule. You can set a timer to help you keep track of your packing time. You’ll be able to manage sorting, packing, and loading your things for a more seamless transfer.

Schedule cleaning and maintenance before moving

Nothing is more frustrating than settling into your new home and realizing not everything is working properly. Instead of dealing with installations, servicing, and cleaning while in your new home, schedule these things ahead to avoid issues down the line. Contact your utility providers to schedule service at your new home before you move in so your water, electricity, and even Wi-Fi work when you get there. You can also schedule services for your heating system or air conditioner to ensure they function correctly. Cleaning your aircon is crucial for maintaining its performance. Dirt and debris build-up can cause it to overwork and break down, which you’d want to avoid in a new home, so booking services and repairs can save you a lot of time and trouble before you start living in your new home.

Pack strategically

Packing is one of the most laborious tasks when moving, and it can be incredibly overwhelming without the proper organization—having a sound strategy when packing for your move can immediately eliminate most of the hassle when putting stuff away. Once you’ve successfully decluttered unnecessary items in your home, you can start packing up the rooms you don’t spend as much time in. Keep things from specific rooms in separate boxes—no packing kitchen and bathroom necessities together! Pay attention to weight; when putting boxes in a truck, pack heavier things first and pile lighter ones on top. Label each box properly to determine which goes where in your new home. You can try creating a color-coded system by assigning a specific color to a room and using colored stickers or labels on the box to match for easy identification.

Keep essentials close

It can be easy to lose track of things during a move, so keeping your essential items close to you can ensure they won’t be forgotten. Have a bag specifically for crucial daily needs or documents like your toothbrush, medications, paperwork, a change of clothes, gadget chargers, and other items you use regularly. You can pack these things ahead of your move, and after using them, you can put them in the bag again so all your items are in one place instead of scattered around your home. It can put your mind at ease to know that you won’t forget anything or pack them in a box by accident. It also pays to have these items in case of an emergency so you won’t be left in the dust if something goes wrong during the move.

Article contributed by Rosette Johnson Exclusively for

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