Let’s face it, sometimes, no matter how prepared and organized you are, you just need some help moving, that’s okay! The good news is that in today’s world, there are services that do more than just physically move your boxes and furniture. Some services can pack/unpack you and there are even some that will arrange your furniture, completely organize every aspect of your home and hang your artwork for you! For the least stressful move, a service is what you’re looking for!
No matter what type of service you use, communication is key! Many times when a client moves, there are many different locations that items are going. You might have items you are donating, items you are giving away to friends, items that are going to storage, and items that are going with you. The worst thing you can do is walk the company around randomly pointing at items and dictating where they go. Not only does this waste your time, but unless there are very detailed notes from the company, it will likely result in some items ending up in the wrong place.
Sticky notes are your best friend when moving. Go to the store and purchase sticky notes in a variety of colors – you need as many colors as there are options. For example, if you have items that fall into these categories: donation, garbage, friends, estate sale, storage, and new home – you will need six different colors.
Then you need to create an outline of your home. There are many important pieces necessary for your outline. The first is a legend – use the sticky notes you will be using throughout your home and stick one of each to the top of your outline. On each sticky note, write what that note represents. Then, split the rest of the paper down the middle. On the left side, draw a diagram of your home, labeling the rooms with what you will be calling each of them. Again, communication is key and making sure everyone knows what the “living room” and “bedroom 1” refer to will ensure that everyone is on the same page. The right of your outline will contain your general “rules”. In order to avoid putting a note on every single item in your home, create a general rule for each room. The following are two examples:
Master Bedroom: Everything goes to the new home unless otherwise marked.
Basement: Everything goes to storage unless otherwise marked.
By doing so, you will only need to put sticky notes on the items that don’t follow the general rules of the room. Sometimes, you will get lucky and your “rule” can apply to the entire house, but in cases where each room has a different end result, these rules will be a life saver.