How to get organized for moving into a new home?

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Moving up in life is always a joyous occasion. Excitement, positive change and elan are all there when new opportunities are on the horizon. New house, new you.  While you are planning your updated decor and how to paint each room, it is easy to overlook some things. This is completely understandable, and there are plenty of practical tips and tricks to help you with the moving process. From a chore to a breeze, it can be easy to transform that period, with a bit of an attitude adjustment. Adding to that some elbow grease, practical knowledge of how and, you got yourself a recipe for success.

1. Time is your ally

You know the exact, or almost exact, date of the move. With that in mind, there is ample time to plan and organize. Don’t leave everything for the final month, or even worse, the week before the move. With all this time remaining in the period in-between, you can start making a checklist. Making stock of moving supplies (boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, duct tape) and making a comprehensive inventory analysis. This means separating your items into essential and non-essential. Then, you can go a step further and divide those groups into smaller and bigger ones. More on that on the next step.

2. Inventory management

Now, you know what you are working with. Transporting some non-essential items before the actual move is a smart and strategic decision to make. These won’t clog up your time and energy once the actual date comes, and you can start setting up early at your new place. Bigger and cumbersome items, like a dining table, bed, closet etc., can all be dismantled. Ask yourself what’s easier to transport? A dining room table or a wooden plank with four legs lying on top of it? Not only will you save space, but you will also have one less thing to worry about as items like this are easier to transport.

3. Reach out

Chances are that you have friends and relatives that you can call for favors. This can always turn into fun stories and memorable times. Friends come, there is chatter, and some work is done. Pizza and beer are, of course, mandatory, as is tradition. But the downside is that accidents can happen, inventory can get damaged, it takes more time, and people might not be free to help you at your moving date. All this hassle and pilling expenses have a workaround in a form of experienced and licensed professionals. Now, you may be thinking that this is a more expensive option. 

When you put it all on paper, factor in your time, money and effort, and then add all the added expenses if you reach out to your friends, it becomes clear that it’s almost the same or even cheaper. Hiring companies that specialize in moving, like 2 Men removals, saves you on all of the above mentioned and lets you focus on other, more important things. For example, what colors you want in each room and what the new layout will look be.

4. Label all the things

Once everything starts to jump inside boxes, it’s easy to lose track of items. Plenty of boxes look the same, and if you are not careful, your dishes can be on the same trip as your clothes. Some items need more care and attention while transporting, and you, or your helpers, need to be able to locate them at a glance. Colour coding or writing on the boxes are all great solutions. Whatever works, as long as everyone can get the most info at a glance. It helps in lowering your blood pressure as nothing can get misplaced or handled improperly during the transition phase.

 

5. Inventory clean up

We mentioned that you will now have a better insight into your overall possessions. What may come up is that you will now realize that you may not need all of them. Over time, stuff gets accumulated, misplaced and forgotten. Once you start moving, these items resurface, and while you may realize that you don’t need them anymore, someone else might. One man’s trash is another one’s treasure, after all. Hosting a yard sale can gain you a pretty penny, lighten the transport load and help you with moving on. If that’s not your thing, then recycling is plan B. Sorting out what you don’t need into recyclable groups will also net you some additional cash and help the environment. 

6. Insurance and budget

In the end, it’s important to know that moving doesn’t have to break your bank. While you will have to allocate some of your finances for the process, it should not make a significant impact. Setting aside a reasonable amount and sticking to it, will prevent you from going overboard. One thing that concerns many people while moving is any potential damage or losses that may happen. Some accidents can happen even if we take all the necessary precautions. Some things are simply out of our control, and here we can reach out to moving insurance options. Try not to get angry at this time. Having peace of mind while all of this is happening can be priceless and worthwhile. Wanting one less thing to worry about comes naturally, and knowing that you have someone watching your back while having a plan B, can mean all the difference during moving.

 

While all of this may seem daunting and like too much information to handle at first, it gets easier with each next step. Box by box and step by step and you will soon find yourself amid things. As you make any progress, you will start noticing considerable change happening around you. Actions tend to have a life of their own, and you will be the one that’s making them tick. When all is said and done the moving process will be over before you know it, and you will be inside your new haven. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

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