Simplifying Your Moving Experience

05-13-19 Simplifying your moving experience

Whether you have moved once or ten times, you know that it is a complicated, involved, stressful experience. Repeating the experience can teach you the dos and don’ts and work for you.

Here are some moving tips that may lessen the stress.

  1. Declutter before you move. Why pack, move and unpack stuff you don’t need.
  2. Don’t start packing too early. If you pack yourself, start one week before you move. If you hire packers, most homes can be completed in one day.
  3. Pack your treasures first, like china, vases and figurines. Then move on to books, linens, clothes and then finally personal items.
  4. Pack your kitchen last and load it onto the truck last as well. Then it can be unload and unpacked first when you arrive at your new home.
  5. Clean your new home before moving anything in. Much easier to do in an empty house, then in a box-filled home.
  6. Label all boxes with contents and the room it belongs in. It may save you from having a scavenger hunt through packed boxes.
  7. Fill your car with the things you will need immediately, like clothes, medicines and some food. Unpack this first.
  8. Use Wardrobe boxes for your hanging clothes. It will save you time not having to re-hang all your clothes.
  9. Pack a bookcase by shelf and label the box with the shelf number. Unpacking will be quick and easy.
  10. If possible use a mover who will buy your boxes back or at least take them away after unpacking. If this is not possible then post “free used moving boxes” on freecycle or Craigs List.
  11. Ask a friend to take/watch your pets and small children on moving day.
  12. Draw up a simple floor plan of each room and tape it to the room’s door. The movers will know where to place the furniture when they carry it in and you won’t have to move furniture yourself.
  13. Take a few days off work. A little bit of time away from the office will allow you to get your new home in reasonable order before going back to your regular routine.
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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


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  2. Advantage moving on August 24, 2016 at 4:51 am

    I had a real bad experience with moving and shifting. I guess that I missed taking tips online from such helpful blogs. I really regret this.
    Worth reading post buddy. Loved it.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 24, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Thanks for reading. Be organized is very important to having a successful move!

    • Janet Schiesl on August 29, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for reading.

  3. Arina on November 7, 2017 at 6:21 am

    These tips definitely work while moving the house and it may save few more bucks, and it is also important to take care of the furniture and other expensive things as you mentioned above.

  4. Shawon on August 29, 2018 at 10:37 am

    First off, congratulation on this post. This is really awesome but that’s what you always crank out my friend. Great posts that we can sink our teeth into and really go to work. 🙂

  5. Seana Turner on May 13, 2019 at 8:15 am

    That is an interesting idea about not starting to pack too soon, Janet. I hadn’t thought of that. Is that so you won’t forget what is where? One idea I heard along the way was to plan on staying in a hotel room for the first couple of nights. This takes the pressure off of needing to get beds made right away, allows you to get a good night’s rest and shower, etc. so you can bring full energy to the unpacking job.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 14, 2019 at 7:43 am

      I think if you start packing too soon it can get overwhelming. When we pack a client one tip I give them is to pack a suitcase as though they are going away for a weekend, so they’ll have everything they need while taking time to unpack.

  6. Kim on May 13, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    I actually really like helping people to pack and move. I also really like moving and packing up my own place too even though I haven’t moved in quite a few years. I love going through stuff, getting rid of what is not needed and I love the idea of a fresh start. I can’t imagine just starting one week ahead though. When I moved in the past and was working full time, I packed up about one box per night but I guess with more time available it likely would just take a few days. Great list and tips. Thank you

    • Janet Schiesl on May 14, 2019 at 7:50 am

      Kim, if your packing timeline works for you, great. I feel like it would be better to take a day or two off work or ask friends or family to help and do it right at the end. I’d start the decluttering process earlier. Thanks for your thoughts.

  7. Nancy Haworth on May 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    These are all wonderful tips! I especially like tip #1, decluttering before you move makes a huge difference in how much you need to pack and unpack.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 14, 2019 at 7:44 am

      Yes. Why pay to move things that you don’t want or need!

  8. Linda Samuels on May 13, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    These are such excellent tips. I especially love your suggestion of having someone care for your pets on moving day. I’ve been through many moves with clients, and their pets are often very troubled with the packing and movement. The owners also get concerned that a pet will accidentally escape from the house or a room. So what a great idea to pre-plan and avoid any undue stress.

  9. Janet Schiesl on May 14, 2019 at 7:45 am

    It’s a good idea. Pets don’t understand what is going on. They get so stress. Poor babies. Visiting a friend is so much better.

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