Plan. Plan. Plan.
Sounds simple enough, right? Drafting a game plan for any move is essential. The plan could be an itinerary that plots out what days you’ll move what. Maybe you will tackle heavier items like appliances or bulky furniture with a moving truck one day and smaller things like boxes the next. You could also opt for a simple moving checklist and work your way through it. If you don’t want to create one from scratch, there are plenty of templates available online.
If you’re moving outside your immediate area, be sure to start researching early. Start comparing prices on moving companies or moving trucks. You can often score the best deals when you book early versus waiting.
And Then Plan Some More.
Map out your new space before moving day. What room will be used for what? What will go where? What will fit where? Break out the tape measure and figure out all the details ahead of moving day. It’ll save you time and stress.
Create a Budget & Keep Paperwork Organized
Expenses can easily get out of hand if you take your eye off the ball. Create a budget and stick to it. Along the way, you’ll probably accumulate a lot of receipts and important paperwork. There are a number of handy tools out there to help you keep it all organized and stay on budget. It can be as simple as an old-fashioned manila folder. A zippered file bag or expanding file folder with a clasp are even better bets to prevent papers from escaping while you’re on the move. You can also go high-tech and download a smartphone app that allows you to scan and track receipts. Expensify, Receipts by Waves, and Evernote Scannable are just a few options.
Take It a Step at a Time
Don’t let the enormity of the task at hand overwhelm you. Take the moving process a step at a time. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to accomplish everything at once. You’ll be less stressed and likely more productive if you focus on the next task on your moving list without looking too far down the road.
Start Packing Early
Packing early helps mightily with the single-step-at-a-time approach. It can be as easy as setting aside an hour a day to go through your things and pack up a few boxes. Do this incrementally and save yourself the stress as moving day draws near. And don’t forget to clearly label all those boxes with what’s inside.
How Self Storage Can Help
If you’re up against a tight timeline, a self storage unit is worth considering. A unit can serve as a temporary solution while you search for the perfect new pad, wait for access to your new home or apartment, or finalize last-minute paperwork or details.
Moving is hard work. Be sure to reward yourself along the way. Let something like a sweet treat, cold beverage, or your favorite pizza serve as motivation as you inch toward the finish line.
More Storage & Organization Tips
We hope these tips for moving help take some of the stress out of your big day(s). Stay tuned to the StayLock Storage blog for more tips on living your most organized life.