If you read my post yesterday, you know that the past few days have been a little busy and stressful. Because of that, I have not been able to continue my purging to share with you today. Hopefully, next week I will be back on track. Instead, I thought I would give you a few tips and tricks to moving in an organized way. As a military family, we have moved 6 times in the past 18 years. To some military families that may not seem like a lot, but we got lucky and got to do 3 tours back to back in the same location. Anyway, the point is that I have had a lot of experience with moving. For all of our moves up to this point, the Navy has paid for a moving company to move us and pack up all of our stuff. You would think that having someone else do all of the packing and moving would make moving easy. That is not the case, at least for me. Yes, it is probably the OCD in me, but I have to do a lot of prep beforehand. Some of these tricks I learned the hard way and some I got from reading other blogs and some are just me being obsessive. Here are my biggest tips if you are preparing to move.
- Zip Lock Bags (Amazon) are your new best friend when in comes to moving in an organized way. I feel like I should own stock in Zip Lock. When it is moving time, I bag up EVERYTHING! This includes small toys, kitchen utensils, spices, undergarments (Who wants some strange men touching your underwear and bras?), socks, and anything else you can think of. Anything that can be bagged up will be. This just helps keep items together. Remember my jewelry post and my junk drawer post and how I use the little containers to store stuff? I just put the whole container into zip lock bags. That way, all that I have to do is pull it out in the new place and put it away. I even use those huge 2.5 gallon bags (Amazon) to put larger items in like the large divider in my junk drawer. I basically go through the kitchen drawers and dresser drawers and dump everything into a bag and then put it back in the drawer for the movers to pack up. I do the same in the playroom with toys. Trust me, this will make your life so much easier when you are unpacking and it keeps things from getting lost.
- Take pictures of the backs of your electronics (TV, DVR, speakers, computers, etc) so that you know how to hook them up when you get to the new house. You can even take pictures of serial numbers on all of your electronics so that you have it in case an item gets lost or damaged.
- Use colored Duct Tape (Amazon). Designate a separate color for each room. After the room has been boxed up, put a strip of duct tape on all of the boxes in that room in the same color. For example, every box in the master bedroom gets blue tape, and every box in the kitchen gets red tape, and so on. This helps the movers and you easily identify boxes and the location it should go in the new house. I will even use that color duct tape to tape a note to the door of every room to easily identify which room the boxes go in.
- Remote controls always get lost in a move. Before the movers come, I gather all of the remote controls and place them all in a zip lock bag and put them into one designated box. This becomes my hardware box. All cords, chargers, and things of that nature go in that box.
- Another thing that goes in that box is all of the hardware from the furniture. As the movers take a bed apart, I collect all of the screws and pieces needed to put it back together. I then put them all in a Zip Lock bag and label them. Again, this makes it so much easier when you are at the new house and are trying to put furniture together.
- Keep the hardware box with you. Do not let it go on the moving truck. This way you will know where it is when you need it.
- Keep out one set of clean sheets for each bed you own and a set of towels for each person in your house. Put them in a Space Saver vacuum seal storage bag like these (Amazon). Do not let the movers put this on the truck either. Keep it with you. There is nothing worse than moving into a new house with boxes everywhere when you are exhausted and want to go to bed and you can’t find the sheets, or you need a shower and cannot find a towel.
- I personally do not let the movers take my photo albums. My wedding album, my daughters’ scrapbooks, and our Disney photo albums all come with me. I do not want to take the risk of those precious memories getting lost.
- Post it Notes (Amazon) are also my best friends when it comes to moving. These come in to play when you get to the new house. When I get to the house before the movers arrive with all of my stuff, I walk through every room in the house deciding where each piece of furniture is going to go. I will then write what the piece of furniture is on the Post It Note and place that note on the wall that I want that piece of furniture put. For example, both of my girls have a bed, a desk, and a dresser in their rooms. I will go in their new rooms and place the Post It on the wall where I want the movers to put each of those three pieces. This makes it easier for the movers and it saves our backs from having to move them all to the correct place after the movers leave. I also do this in the kitchen for myself. Yes, I am obsessive, but it works for me. I will look at each cabinet and drawer and decide where I want all of my things to go. Then I will put a Post It Note on each of the cabinets and drawers labeling what goes there. This way, no matter who is unpacking the kitchen (it’s usually me), they know where stuff goes. It makes unpacking go much faster this way.
- Remember you don’t have to do everything at once. Take your time and put things where you want them to go to avoid moving stuff around later. I always try to unpack one room at a time. It is easier and makes me feel more accomplished when I can complete a room.
Those are my best tips for having an organized move. The key is Zip Lock bags, a hardware box, and Post It Notes. I am not looking forward to our move in a few weeks. The Navy will not be moving us since we are just moving a few streets over in the same area. That means we have to do it all ourselves. Thankfully, we will have several weeks to do the move and can do it slowly. My plan is to move room by room. I will keep you posted on how that goes and if I can add any further moving tips. Moving is a daunting task, but if you get yourself organized beforehand, things are much easier. I promise!