1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies –
Consolidate a small box of cleaning supplies needed to clean your old place after moving out and set aside so the movers do not carry it over to your new place. In this box include a basic supply of cleaning products, such as all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, paper towels, old rags, a trash bag, and a broom and dustpan. You may want to leave the mop and bucket behind just in case. Another good idea, if possible, is to clean anything you can ahead of time. As you empty out the kitchen cupboards or take the curtains off of windows, wipe these areas down so you don’t have to worry about them later. You may even try to vacuum each room as the movers empty it. These will save you time after the move.
2. Color Coordinate Each Room –
You will thank yourself afterwards if you designate a specific color for each room in the new home, and then apply matching colored stickers on the boxes corresponding to that room. For example, you can use orange for the kitchen, blue for the dining room, red for the living room, etc. You can place a matching sticker on the door or entryway to each room. The movers will know exactly where to put everything when they arrive at the destination. It’s also a good idea to post a large sign on the wall of each room where you want the boxes stacked (“Place Boxes Here”) to keep them out of any traffic areas or where your furniture will be placed.
3. Use Your Luggage for Packing –
Your luggage and duffle bags have to get to the new place just like everything else. So make them useful and make it easier on yourself by packing them with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods. Then you won’t spend precious time searching the labels on boxes to find these items once you are all moved into your new home. You will be able to quickly spot that hot pink duffle bag that contains your bed sheets on that first night!
The best part of organizing and preparing for your upcoming move is that you can never be TOO prepared! Don’t agonize, organize!