The moving companies of North America have designated May as National Moving Month. I would have picked June and July when the school year has ended but regardless, I have seen a lot of “for sale” and “sold” signs go up in my neighborhood recently which tells me a lot of people will be getting ready to move soon.
At ClutterBGone, we have taken on a lot of projects involving a move over the years. They start out as an organizing and downsizing project to get clients ready to move. Then during the initial sessions the clients see the value and investment in hiring us to assist with not only the downsizing but with organizing the packing, the move, the unpacking, settling in and then setting up and organizing at the new home to make it efficient and functional from day 1.
Whether you are among those that hire a Professional Organizer or not, here are some tips to help things go smoothly during a very frazzled time.
Ninety days from the move date have the mover or the rental truck booked. If you are hiring a mover, most important is to get references or a referral from someone you can trust. Summer is a busy time for moving as parents want to get their kids settled into a new school for the beginning of the school year so get the truck or movers booked soon.
Can you move early in the month or in the middle? There will be more availability as most moves are done near month end. If you are hiring a company, ensure everything is in writing.
At least 60 days before your move begin the job of sorting and paring down. You are going to be busy enough closer to move day than to be worrying about this task and why pay to have things moved that you are not going to need or use in your new home? You will also have a feeling of calm once you’ve moved into your new home without having that pile of stuff that you don’t know what you are going to do with.
30 days out is the time to ensure you have the correct supplies. Boxes can be ordered from your mover or purchased from a local moving supply company or even a hardware store.
Three sizes should be sufficient. If you have hired a moving company you may want to inquire about wardrobe boxes and the cost for each. They are very handy for moving your clothes.
You will also need a tape gun or two, good quality shipping tape, box cutters, lots of packing paper, bubble wrap and a few markers and labels.
3 weeks before your move make sure all of your change of address notifications are completed and start packing everything you know you will not need until after the move. As you get closer to the date you can pack more. Once the boxes are sealed mark the room to which they are to be delivered once you arrive at the new home so you are not slowed down. Use up the food you have in the fridge and freezer during this time as well.
Moving day. Pack a suitcase with incidentals in case you need anything during the day.
If at all possible have someone look after the kids for the day as you don’t want the little ones under your feet during this hectic time. Check with the mover to see If it is possible to have your own lock put on the truck once everything has been loaded so only you can open it at the other end. And finally, don’t stress it. Be thankful you don’t move very often.
If you are moving this year best of luck. And if you would love to be packed up, moved in and settled in all in a matter of a few days, give me a call and learn how we can make that happen, stress-free, so you can enjoy your new home from Day 1!