First and foremost, you’ll need to write out a plan. It is important to make a priority list before you start taping boxes up. The last thing you want is to have to pry open different boxes looking for one particular thing you desperately need.
Now this may sound a little crazy to start organizing before you’ve even started packing. Even I was doubtful, but it really will save you time in the long run. I’ve moved apartments a number of times and I’ve learned to refrain from haphazardly packing. If you’re moving from a home, which is larger than an apartment, you definitely need to come up with a plan of attack.
Some individuals opt out of this step of the moving process to save some stress and leg work by hiring a professional. If you want to do it yourself, follow these tips. You’ll want to start packing at least two months before the big move. Start with your nonessential items first. If you’re waiting for your home to be sold and are showing it, you’ll want to do some packing even before this. Pack up the things that crowd your home and may possibly distract prospective buyers. Show the beauty of your home and put the clutter in a self storage or mobile storage device.
Packing by room helps to organize, but the most important thing is labeling. When you get to your new home, you will often know the item you want to place in a room, but you you won’t know which box it’s in. When you pack your boxes be sure to label! If you want to put all the utensils in the kitchen, but you’re starring at 5 boxes all labeled “Kitchen”. You may have to open all of them to find the right box and this makes moving in more chaotic than it should be. Label your boxes as distinctly as possible “Kitchen > Cabinets > Utensils” and you’ll minimize the clutter often associated with moving in.
It may seem obvious, but it can be easy to forget to notify the post office of your change in address. Head over to the post office and fill out a change of address form or fill it out online. All mail with your old address will be forwarded to your new location. Just let them know the exact day of your move in and you won’t miss important mail.
Disconnect any services you have running to your home. Most services, like DSL and cable, are often fairly easy to get switched to a new location. Moving into a new home is also a perfect time to reevaluate the services in your home. Consider switching to a new provider if you’re at the end of a contract or if the provider makes a fuss about the move, charging you unreasonable fees.