An unorganized move can be cause for a lot of stress, even if you’re just going down the street. Moving cross-country necessitates a lot of organization or you will find the stress levels extremely high during your moving period. Traveling and transporting all your items across the country can be a hassle, but with organization won’t be a mess. The following are five organizing tips you can utilize to assist you in a smoother process.
Planning early is a must. At least eight weeks prior to the move, book the rental trucks to insure their availability and determine whether you will pack your own items or you will hire a moving company. During this process, discuss the decisions with all family members to make sure you are all on the same page regarding what will be moving and what you will be getting rid of prior to the actual move.
Create a Moving Binder
Before you get started, create a moving binder to keep track of everything to do with the move as well as important paperwork. Your to-do lists, the master packing list, and important paperwork, including truck rental agreements can be stored in the binder for easy finding. Along with this, consider placing all the bills that must be paid into the binder so you can stay on top of things during the process.
Many find that the color-coding process helps for a smoother move. Each room gets a different color. As you pack, place a color-coded label on the box as well as a number. On a sheet of paper, write down the contents and box number. Then place a colored label on it. If you need something, you will find much easier. It will also benefit your stress levels to invest in custom equipment cases or protective tv case to ensure your valuables are not broken during the move.
The Move Box
You also want one box that will contain the items you will need on the day you arrive. This may include a coffee pot, coffee, bedding, pajamas, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and toilet paper. Also place a box cutter and any snacks you might want when you first arrive.
With your entire home packed up, it may be impossible to find anything. Prior to the move, give each member a bag to put the essentials in. Having what they need with them for the trip with ease everyone’s anxiety.
Every move is stressful, but moving cross-country will mean there is no quick trips back to get something you forgot. By following the above tips, you and your family will be less stressed and able to concentrate on the adventure.