When you move into a new home, you have a blank slate to create a new living space. Your new home can seem instantly organized simply because you get a fresh start. Take advantage of this chance to get and stay organized before, during, and after your move. These tips for getting organized before your big move can set you up for success.
Make a To-Do List and Plan for the Move
Once you have a new home and a timeline for moving into it, plan the details. Make a to-do list for each phase of the move. For example, start by cutting back on buying new things before a move. If you instead wait until you are settled in your new home, you will have fewer things to move.
Then make a list of things you need to know about the move before you can get a detailed estimate from movers. Next, make a list of questions to ask potential movers. Once you have chosen movers, you will then need a list of things you need to do before the date the movers will arrive to move your stuff.
Track Your Time for a Wide Variety of Tasks
A lot of people waste a significant amount of time each day, yet they may not realize how much time they spend on unpleasant or neutral tasks. Download a time tracker app on your phone, tablet, and computer to keep track of how you spend your time. Choose one that allows you to track your time when doing things offline, too.
A time tracker can be especially useful during your move. It can empower you to easily assess how much time you are spending on the move each day and which tasks are most time-consuming. While some people will be able to pack quickly, others won’t. Tracking your time can show you why you may not be packing as quickly as anticipated.
Tracking can help you determine whether you should ask for help with certain tasks, too. When you know how much your time is worth, you may decide to hire professionals to pack your things before the move. Many moving companies have professional packers who can pack and prepare your possessions for the move.
Put Your Essential Papers in a Secured Location
Having your paperwork organized and in one central area is important prior to your move. Otherwise, you may easily to lose or misplace paperwork during a move. Create a checklist of all your essential papers that you want to save, then gather them prior to packing for the move.
Choose a fireproof, weatherproof safe to protect your important documents. When moving day arrives, you can then easily place the safe in a box and take it with you.
Kick Clutter to the Curb
Having a lot of stuff is one thing — having stuff around that does not make your life better is something else. Going through your things before a move is the perfect opportunity to multitask. While you start emptying closets and drawers, carefully assess every item you own and consider whether it’s something you really want to have in your new home.
Here are some things you may want to ask yourself to determine if you want to keep something:
- When was the last time you used each thing you assess?
- How do you feel when you pick up or look at the item?
- How does it improve your life?
- Would you regret no longer having access to it?
- Was it a gift from someone important in your life?
- Does it have a monetary value that may increase with time?
- Where will the item be placed in your new home?
After asking yourself these questions, you should be able to decide whether the item should go with you to your new house.
Finally, one of the most important steps to having an organized, stress-free move is to hire movers with experience and expertise. Contact Island Movers Inc. today to speak with one of our caring representatives about your move. As specialists with over six decades of experience with helping people move in Hawaii, we can help with many different aspects of your move.