3 Simple Steps to Get Organized for Your Move

On July 17, 2013, in Moving, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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Many thanks to James Anderson sharing today’s post.


3 simple steps to get organized for your move

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For some, moving in to a new home can mean the first foot towards a newer and more organized lifestyle. Gone are the junk drawers, storage rooms, and cobwebbed attics that look three yard sales overdue. But for many, moving into a new home can be more of the same. And, without changing your habits, a clean new space means nothing in the long run for your organization.

To prepare for your move, here are some tips that will help you make your fresh start an organized one.

1. Prep your new home with organized spaces

The smart way to make your move organized is to prepare your new space. Before moving anything, make a list of some categories that you anticipate you’ll have to sort out in each room and anticipate each need with appropriate storage. Sit down with your family or housemates and brainstorm the items that will be needed for each room.

For example:

  • Living Room: Movies, books, magazines, remotes, toys, knick-knacks
  • Kitchen: Pots/pans, dishes, utensils, spices, pantry-goods, garbage can
  • Bathroom: Cleaning supplies, soaps, razors, medication, toothbrushes, towels
  • Bedroom: Shirts, undergarments, shoes, personal belongings

For each category you think of, account for your possessions and figure out how much space each category requires. Consider how you can use shelves, drawers, storage lockers, and closets most effectively.  And, if you’re a DIY type,  you can find inspiration to make your own storage containers.

2. Label everything

As you are packing for your move, every box and bag that should be tagged or marked to indicate what they contain and the room they should go to (kitchen, basement, bathroom, master bedroom, etc.). Consider the categories you and your family came up with and try to fill boxes according to those. This makes sorting through your belongings much easier. When it’s time to move in to your new home, you can simply place each box in the appropriate space and begin to unpack without unnecessary confusion or clutter in the way.

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3. Leave no box unopened

You might be tempted to drop your heavy load of boxes at the front door of your new home, grab the essentials, leave the rest, and crash on the couch − especially if your move entailed a particularly long drive or flight. Resist!  It’s tempting to leave things you don’t need boxed up and stowed away, but waiting to sort through them simply creates clutter.

After you move, it will be very helpful to unpack your boxes right away and store all the contents in the spaces that you have prepared. Boxes of winter coats and Christmas lights shouldn’t be in the way in the middle of July. If you don’t have a use for something and don’t anticipate needing it in at least three months, it can be an ideal candidate for donation.


About the Author

James Anderson is a freelance writer from West Virginia who enjoys blogging about home and workplace organization. He enjoys spending his time in the great outdoors camping and hiking. He currently writes for School Lockers.


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  • James Harrison

    Yes!! Making plan before any move is always keep movers organised & be in time. These planning are very helpful to mean a stress free move.

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