Part I: Creating A Moving Plan
Here are some tips for creating a moving plan from our Moving Connections team! Having a moving plan in place will help you manage your time more efficiently and will minimize those last minute surprises.
1. Start early – Almost everyone has more stuff than they think they do, and almost no one leaves enough time to pack it.
2. Room Lists – Start by forming two room lists, one for your current place and one for your future place. This will help you manage what has to go where.
3. Room Inventory – Go to each room and write down the types of things that need to be packed: furniture items, length of shelving, closets, etc.
4. Time Allotment – Make sure to leave enough time. The most common timeframe reported by people moving is that it takes a month to pack. One study reported that it takes 4-5 hours to pack an average dorm room, so that should give you an idea of what’s involved.
5. Calendar – Pull out a calendar and plan by day when each room will be completed.
6. Delegation – If you’re moving with family members, agree with them exactly which tasks they will be doing and the date they will be finished.
7. Track your progress – at least once per week track where you are against the date on the calendar. Revise your plan if you’re falling behind.
Part II: Packing Tips For A Successful Move
Here are some tips for packing your belongings properly. The right pack job will keep your belongings safe during your move and will also help you stay organized when unpacking.
1. Pack a suitcase – For each member of the family moving, pack a suitcase as if you’re all going on a 3-day vacation. Keep your suitcases separated from other items to be moved and make sure they are easily accessible. This way, you’ll have everything you need to get by during the first few days without having to search through boxes.
2. Create “Open Me First” boxes – Designate one or two boxes per room as “Open Me First” boxes. Pack items you’ll need first at your new location inside and label the side of each box so it can be easily found.
3. Pack one room at a time – Wherever possible, focus on packing one room at a time (instead of several all at once) to keep things efficient and organized.
4. Less is more – Use packing as a way to clean out belongings for donations, a yard sale, and/or the recycling center. You’ll save time and money by getting rid of unwanted/unneeded items.
5. Stay off the floor – Instead of the floor, use a completely cleared-off table top or counter for packing boxes. You’ll find you get much more accomplished.
6. Keep track of small parts – When taking apart items such as tables, securely tape screws and other small parts to the underside of the item. You’ll always know where to look and you’ll save time when putting items back together.
7. Save space – Use towels, pillows and t-shirts as extra padding around fragile items. Not only will you save space, you’ll also save money on packaging supplies!
8. Criss-cross tape – Tape boxes along the seams where the flaps meet together. Then tape perpendicularly at the center of the first tape forming a cross.
9. Stacking – To prevent items from being crushed, stack boxes with the heaviest items on the bottom and the lightest on top.
10. The 30 pound rule – Whenever possible, keep each box at 30 pounds or less. Heavier boxes lead to injuries and are much more likely to fall apart or get dropped.
11. Scale – Keep a bathroom scale in the room you’re packing so you can keep the boxes below the recommended weight limit.
Part III: More Packing & Moving Tips To Save You Time And Energy
Here are some more tips to help you with your move. Save yourself the stress of relocating by following these simple guidelines.
1. Markers – Use the thickest, darkest marker you can find for labeling boxes. Pens, pencils, and light markers are nearly impossible to see even from a few feet away.
2. Two sides – Label each box on the two broadest sides opposite one another. This way if a box gets turned you can still identify its contents.
3. Abbreviate room names – Start box labels with the abbreviated name of the room followed by a box number, such as “BTH2-6” for “second bathroom, 6th box.” You can then track each box to make sure everything arrives safely.
4. Label “Open Me First” on boxes where it applies.
5. Mark “Fragile” where appropriate.
6. Identify contents – Identify the major contents and where they come from, such as “Medicine Cabinet” or “Linen Closet- Towels and Wash Cloths.”
7. Box Inventory – Keep a clipboard and write down each box’s room, box number and contents (graph paper is great for keeping things recorded neatly).
8. Verify delivery – When unloading, check off each box as it gets unloaded at your new place. Then you’ll know everything arrived safely.
9. Labels out – Ask movers to stack boxes in your new place with the labels facing out so that you can easily spot a specific box.
Hopefully with the help of these tips and our Moving Connections team, your move will be stress-free! Follow these simple guidelines and we’ll make sure your belongings get to their destination safely and on time!