Planning, packing, cleaning, making checklists, forwarding mail…The list of tasks involved in moving could go on and on. And it does!
For some people, to say organizing a move is daunting might be an elaborate understatement.
However, moving is a fact of life, and a new start at a new house or in a new city can be an exciting opportunity. So how do you get past the seemingly overwhelming nature of organizing a move and bask in the joys and excitement or starting something new? Long-time professional organizer Lauren Silverman has some suggestions for making the moving process as smooth and stress free as possible.
First she said, “keep it together.”
“In a binder or notebook dedicated to the move, keep together all paperwork and documentation related to the move: quotes, receipts, measurements, checklists,” said Silverman, who owns MOREganized in Chicago. “This decidedly low-tech approach will allow you access to important information wherever you are.”
Silverman’s next step is to”think ahead.” By this, she means sending records to new schools, transferring medical and prescription information, filling out change of address cards, notifying the Department of Public Safety and setting up new electric and cable accounts.
“The proactive approach will alleviate stress and hassle once you are in your new place,” she explained.
Her final three steps include decluttering, labeling and packing essentials.
According to Silverman, taking a critical eye towards one’s clothing is best.
“Give away what you don’t use or love, as well as any furniture that won’t fit in the new place,” she said. “Don’t let clutter over the threshold!”
Next, go beyond marking each box with the name of the room it belongs in. Keep a list of the items in each box. A simple Google or app search will reveal a range of tools for helping with this process, each unique in its own way.
“This extra effort up front will save you hours when you start to unpack,” she said.
Lastly, Silverman emphasizes the impact of packing essentials separately.
“Designate a suitcase or box for each member of the family, and pack any and all items you will need during the first days, including change of clothes, linens, medications, toiletries, chargers, tool kit and toys,” she stressed. “Being able to get your hands on what is necessary and familiar will allow you some breathing space as you systematically unpack in your new space.”