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Top 7 Organizational Tips for Moving

Published by Chris Townsend

Top 7 Organizational Tips for Moving

So you’ve finally decided to move into your dream home or into that beautiful office space you’ve always wanted to work in? Well, congratulations on taking the leap towards change!

Moving into a new house is usually because of positive reasons and it is often the beginning of an exciting chapter in your life, however, the move itself can prove to be challenging. Now, you’re gonna have to start planning every detail about your move. We agree that the thought of making the transition easier, affordable, and less stressful can be daunting for anyone which is why we want to help you as much as we can.

While we agree that moving is an inherently tedious and stressful task, there are various ways to make it easy and smooth.

So how do you make the moving process easy and smooth?

It’s simple and straightforward: be well-prepared way before your moving day. One must take ample time to really get organize even before you contact your local movers. Although this seems like a simple and logical thing to do, you’d be surprised to know that quite a few aren’t. This is because despite how easy it may seem, leaving the “easy” tasks for the last minute is not a smart thing to do.

Being thoroughly prepared is a crucial step. It’s important that you start selecting, packing, planning, discarding, and organizing as soon as you’ve decided your move!

You’d be glad to know that Three Movers offers a complete moving service. This way, we’ll get everything good and ready for you! If this is something you wish to consider, just make sure that you give yourself enough time.

Everything you decide in the lead up to moving day can greatly affect the outcome of the whole process. It’s all in your hands whether your move will be stressful or smooth-sailing.

Here are some tips we’d love to share to you to make your move organized and easier:

Moving checklist
  1. Create a Checklist

One of the most important steps you’ll take is to draft a moving checklist that includes a timeline. Note that everyone’s timeline will look different because it will depend on how much time you have to prepare. They can vary from a couple of months to two weeks.

Keep a list of things that will happen prior to the move, and a second one for the actual moving day. Set some due dates for yourself then separate the items according to importance. It is also important to note which items require multiple steps to accomplish.

You must also create an inventory of your items in advance so that you may properly relay that information to the moving company when you need it. It’s wise to also include a realistic moving budget.

Plus, it’s exciting to get that oh-so-satisfying feeling when you tick off things on your checklist!

  1. Finding the Perfect Moving Company… For You!

Unless you’re planning a DIY move, it’s best to contact professional and licensed moving companies to help you move. Hiring movers early is also key! You’ll be able to get things done earlier and the probability of you getting your desired date is high.

Start asking around for quotes for your move and compare them. Three Movers can give you a free quote if you call now at (888) 202-0036.

Each moving company has its own unique selling point or style of doing things. Research on which company works best with what you want to happen on your move.

For example, Full-service moving companies will take charge of bringing the supplies, packing your boxes, organizing your items, even disassembling your furniture, and loading everything on the truck. After all that, they’ll unload, reassemble, unpack, put all your items into your new home, and take all of the packing materials away with them.

Some services are available as bundles so it’s best to ask about that to your chosen moving company.

Organize your new home
  1. Sort, Organize, and Downsize

Another advantage of planning in advance is that you will have enough time to sort through your things and choose which ones you will take, which ones you’d give away, and the ones you’d discard. There’s no point in having to pack and move things you don’t want, so it’s best to do it during this time.

Go room to room and sort your items into bins or piles: keep, donate, sell, and throw away. This should make packing and labeling ultimately easier.

If you have some things you want to sell, sorting them out early is the way to go since consignment shops or other sellers take time.

As for the items that are going to be donated, make sure that you are aware about where you have to take them. You can contact and inform them about your donation to know which items they can take and when they’ll be open for receiving since some of these establishments have receiving days and times.

You can also use this time to reorganize your items into where they should be. You may find that the plaque or some décor that is supposed to be in your home office ended up in the kitchen. Now, you can put it back to its rightful place so that when you pack and label items, they’d be where they are supposed to be.

Pack your seasonal items
  1. Start Packing!

Starting early when you’re packing doesn’t mean that you have to stick with the same items for the rest of the time until you get to move. You get to be very strategic with how to pack your items.

Firstly, you should pack your seasonal items. The Christmas tree you won’t be needing until next year’s holiday or your summer clothes that will have to stay kept until your beach trip in a few months are some of the items you should start packing months or weeks before the day of your move.

Next, the clothes you don’t wear as often, your lesser-used appliances, and the items you won’t need to use every day can go into your moving boxes. As moving day comes closer, you find that you will add more items.

It is important that you smart-pack. You shouldn’t just put items where they fit. Each of the items should sit where they belong to according to classification or categorization for easy unpacking and segregation when you reach your new home. One mistake that a lot of people make when packing is trying to cram as much items as they can. This can make your boxes heavy and hard to lift.

  1. Labeling Is Important

Once you have finished putting your items in their respective boxes, you have to label them. This way they will be properly organized when the moving company is loading your items and unloading them in your new home.

Since you’ve sorted your items beforehand, labeling should not be as hard as it seems. You can start by marking the boxes by room and contents. For example, labeling them first as “KITCHEN” and then “UTENSILS”. This will help you greatly when you’re unpacking your items because they will show which ones you should prioritize instead of randomly opening up boxes until you find the ones you need.

Write your labels in quality, waterproof markers to make sure that they withstand any weather or friction they encounter along the way. If your items are fragile, it is also important to label them as such.

Take it one step further by color coding your box labels. This will make finding your stuff on the moving truck and in your new home much easier.

Keep your essential items
  1. Keep what’s Essential with You

The last items you should pack are the essential items that you will be needing every day. It’s important to keep your essential items in one box or bag for easy access.

This container of essentials should include things like medications, toiletries, an extra set of clothes, ID and credit cards, important documents, baby necessities, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, a tool kit, pet essentials and bottled water. Each household member should have their own separate essentials container.

The essentials container will be most beneficial to you and your family starting a few days before your actual moving day.

  1. Inform Your Service/Utilities Providers in Advance

This is something that most people tend to forget in the excitement of moving. Call your utility companies and schedule your service cancelations in advance, this way you won’t forget it and you’ll get it out of the way beforehand. You should also understand how they will determine your final bill. If it is water or electricity utilities and they check the meter, you should take photo documentation so you have a record of the final reading.

Organize your move better


There are so much that we in Three Movers wish we could share with you to help you organize your move better, but we hope that these 7 tips are enough to give you the basic idea of what you will need to be doing: being prepared.

If you need more help on the matter, we’d gladly offer you our helping hand so please don’t hesitate to contact us at (888) 202-0036.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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