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Organizing MY Home: Moving Tips

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

I haven’t moved much in my lifetime. I went away to college and moved some of my stuff with me. As a single gal, I moved in and out of a one bedroom apartment, then moved those belongings to a house when I got married. After that, no moving for fourteen years.

So, when my husband and I decided to renovate and add on to our home, we chose to move our family and 98% of what we owned to a rental across town for the duration of the project. Once our house was finished we would pack up again and move back in. Two moves in one year. Gulp. I was a little out of practice. But, I knew that if we were organized, we’d get the job done with barely a few mishaps.

Here are some tips that helped us have an organized move (twice!):

Start purging early

If you have been in one place for a while, you have probably accumulated some ‘stuff.’ For some of you, you might have A LOT of ‘stuff.’ Advice that I learned early on and continue to pass on to my clients is, “Don’t pay to move anything you don’t want moved in the first place.” With that quote in mind, I created the ‘two-can’ rule. Every weekend, we purged an area of our home and made sure to fill our two garbage cans before trash collection day. Making decisions can take a while–my recommendation is to start purging as soon as you know you’ll be moving.

Delegate

It takes a village to pack up a home and move so line up your villagers and let them know how they can help! Some examples of how they can help you are:

-Get your kids involved. Have them crumple up newspaper. Have them bring empty boxes to different rooms. Ask them to purge and pack their own belongings. It is a good exercise in decision-making and takes some tasks off your already-full plate.

kids helping with a move

-Ask friends and relatives to bring you their old newspapers, help you pack boxes, hold onto valuables, babysit your kids–whatever you need to ensure a smooth packing and moving experience.

-Get it delivered. The internet can be part of your village, too. Run out of packing tape? Order it. Need more boxes quick? Look on Craigslist to see if any of your neighbors are getting rid of boxes and stuffing. Need to research moving companies? Google! And have dinner delivered, too…

NAPO. Yes–there are Professional Organizers who specialize in packing and moving people. Head to the NAPO website to find someone in your area and let a professional be part of your village.

Organize your packing supplies

If you can, start the packing process as far in advance as you can. You’d be surprised how long it takes to pack an entire home! While you’re purging, this would be a great time to start collecting packing supplies such as:

-boxes from the liquor store or from a boxed product other than food
-a minimum of one tape gun per person doing the packing
-packing tape
-newspaper and store circulars
-thick black markers/Sharpies
-bubble wrap/packaging from packages you’ve received
-scissors/box cutter
-plastic wrap/plastic baggies of varying sizes
-paper/pen/labels

Keep all of your packing supplies in one spot. Use a bucket/caddy large enough to hold your tape gun, scissors, 2-3 black markers, labels, etc. A bucket/caddy is easy to transport from room to room and easy to spot amidst a room full of boxes. Place supplies back in the bucket when you’ve finished a box-packing session so you’ll know where they are the next time you want to fill a box.

Create an organized packing system

We had to keep track of over 100 boxes. Some of those boxes we unpacked in our rental home and some stayed packed for nine months in our garage. In order to find what we needed during those nine months, I had to create a packing system that would allow us to easily locate clothes and other belongings for Summer, Fall and Winter. Keep an eye out for my next post–you’ll see the Master Packing List my husband and I created to keep us organized through two moves.

By the way, some things just don’t fit easily in a box. Here’s how I moved our close-to-full olive oil dispenser–who knew my driver’s side cup holder could be the perfect spot to nestle it for the short ride across town?

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Thanks to some organization, our amazing ‘villagers,’ and a highly competent moving company, we survived our two moves!

Organizing MY Home: Moving Tips. Get yourself a whole lotta packing tape! I organizedartistry.com #movingtips

Montvale Movers moved us twice!

Next post: The packing system that got me through two moves in a year…

 

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About Stacey Agin Murray

Stacey is a professional organizer & speaker in New Jersey specializing in residential organizing, time, and paper management challenges. She also authored The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook: Let Systems and 101 Modern Sample Thank You Notes Take You From Overwhelmed to Organized.

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6 responses to “Organizing MY Home: Moving Tips”

  1. Seana Turner says:

    I did the “move out while renovating” thing. It was quite the organizing challenge, even for me! Stuff we left in the house, stuff we moved to use, stuff we stored in a pod, stuff we moved to climate controlled storage, items we stored in the rental. Wow – in hindsight, I realize how big a job it was. Very thankful for the end result, though. Great reminder of the power of planning and purging!

  2. I’m glad we both survived! My husband says he never wants to move again!

  3. Love that olive oil bottle. At first I thought it was emergency liquor. Hilarious!

    • Stacey Agin Murray says:

      I probably could have used some emergency liquor during that period of time. Another ‘moving tip,’ perhaps?

  4. I totally get the stress about moving… whether it’s for a renovation or to relocation. Steve and I moved into our house 30 years ago and after that I said to him, “I’m NEVER moving again!” Of course, time will tell, but so far, we’ve stayed here.

    I love how you gathered your moving team to help with this process. And what great tips you gathered and have shared for those that will be venturing towards an upcoming move.

    Funny about your “emergency liquor” idea.

  5. Thanks for your kind words–I could not have done it without my moving team! As for the emergency liquor, isn’t that why there are so many cupholders in cars nowadays??? 🙂

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