An Organized Move

Getting organized for a move makes all the difference.  It is so overwhelming to move that breaking it into baby steps  keeps you sane!

As soon as you know you are moving, start decluttering! There are so many items you will not want that getting them out and away right away saves you time and money in packing and moving. Pack only what you love and use. Leave behind the items that you know you will not use or need at the new home.   

Establish  a notebook for all the details.  Use a binder with slash pockets for receipts and other small slips or papers. Use it to track phone calls, hold samples of flooring and wallpaper, paint swatches and drapery goods, hold receipts, schedule appointments to turn on your lights, water, cable and other essentials.  Keep it with you at all times!

 Label everything.   Purchase a large (500) box of computer labels available for your computer printer.  Make labels for your boxes:

  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Family room
  • Master bedroom
  • Girl bedroom
  • Boy bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Storage

Give each packer a sheet of labels. Place a label on all 4 corners of every box as it is packed.

Pack the essentials first.  Pack a  box containing the essentials of life: coffeemaker and children’s night time loveys, bed sheets and blankets and pillows, an alarm clock, toilet paper, shampoos and toiletries and more. Your Essentials Box should contain all those items you’ll need for the first day and night in your new home. With small children, think about including dishes, cereal and all the little stuff you need daily. 

Enlist all the help you can get.  Get friends or family to watch your children as you pack and unpack too!  Say “yes” to any and all offers of food, extra hands, and other assistance. 

Get plenty of wrapping paper and heavy-duty tape.   Use unprinted newsprint. For items you prefer to keep clean, you can purchase this packing paper from your mover. Kraft paper, tissue paper and shock-resistant corrugated paper make excellent wrapping materials and may be purchased at most major department stores, craft stores or your mover. 

 Pack on a room-by-room basis.  Start with the least used room.  Keep the contents of each room in separate boxes.

Before you begin unpacking randomly, sit down with your family. Discuss a plan, including where things will go, who is responsible for what, etc. It will help things run smoothly.  Keep a tool kit handy to reassemble the items. Arrange your furniture, and then unpack accessories and personal items.

Give yourself extra time.  Getting items into boxes and moving takes more time than you think. And of course something can go wrong too, so just add a few extra hours to each piece of the moving  job.

Moving Day!



Moving is an arduous task at best. Take all your stuff, stuff it in a box, stuff it in a truck or storage, and unstuff it! Now this is not for sissies!  In the last few weeks several moving jobs have been a priority. So here is a short list of what I have learned.



You have less, you have less to pack. It is as simple as that. Live a life of relationships, not stuff.  Begin decluttering as soon as you learn you are moving. Even better, declutter regularly.  Remember that game, if I had to move to Australia, what would I take?  Not much.  So really be decisive about what is important to keep.



Be prepared.

Moving requires planning and preliminaries.  Have sources ready for boxes ( or and paper.   Scope out storage and movers from reliable sources.  Do your homework to have reliable professionals in handling your stuff.  Have lots of sharpies for writing on the boxes too!


Do sweat the small stuff.

It really is important to keep up with the details.  Get your paper out and keep a long list!  Label all the boxes with the list of stuff in them. Keep a list of the boxes.  Label by room, name of person’s stuff and what is in there.   Pack your first night bag – the stuff you need as soon as you arrive in your new destination.



Get help.

The more the merrier! If you have kids, be sure to plan for babysitters. Having a lot of help makes the work more fun and faster.  Set aside specific times you are working and provide beverage and snacks for the worker bees.  Delegate tasks by each team member’s strengths. Who is good at packing china or babysitting the buddies?



Take good care of yourself. Plenty of rest, fruit for snacks and don’t over do what you are capable of doing.   Leave the really heavy stuff for the professionals!

Wishing you a successful move, wherever that may be.