For the Neat Freak: How to Manage a Meticulous Move

January 7, 2016

So you’re a neat freak: that’s a good thing! You like order amidst a world of chaos, and thrive on everything being in its place. A major residential move, it stands to reason, would put you into a tailspin. But it doesn’t have to; with meticulous planning and attention to detail, you can get through the move with all your belongings intact. Just remember: labels are your friend!

Tips FOR a Seamless Move

Check out these handy tips on how to manage your move without losing your sanity. With the right planning, and the right partnership with a trusted moving company, you will settle into your new digs as seamlessly as possible.

Buy a Business Planner

Whether you use a hard copy or a software version, get a business planner and use it. Use this book to write down all details involved in your move, including important sates, reminders and to-do lists. It’s best if you get a padfolio planner with one page for each day of the week, featuring large blocks of space where you can jot down quick details, says Good Housekeeping. It’s also a good idea to purchase a zippered pouch where you can easily store business cards and receipts. Take notes when you speak with your movers, and list your expectations and any challenges that go along with them. Use this book to keep a budget so you can stay on track financially.

Create a Survival Box

If you have a family with kids, this is especially crucial to your move, but anyone who likes to plan ahead can benefit from this. Grab a crate, cardboard box or bin and fill it with all the essentials you’ll need for the first day in your new home or apartment. This will help prevent the need from rifling through boxes and boxes on your first night looking for paper plates to eat on. In this box, include items like:

  • Coffee maker/coffee/mugs
  • Laptop, chargers, phones
  • Toys and comfort items for kids
  • Toilet paper
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates/bowls/plastic utensils
  • Cereal
  • Small first aid kit

Pack Strategically

When packing up the moving van or truck, make sure your essential items are towards the front, including your survival box. When you arrive at the new place, these should come off first so you can get going on some important tasks. These items include cleaning supplies, vacuums, snacks, and perhaps a DVD player to keep the kids occupied. There’s nothing worse than clawing through a bunch of boxes to get to what you really need first. After all, you want to get started on cleaning that bathroom right away! Also, consider letting your professional movers assist with packing services to enhance the logistics of your move.

Labels are Your Friend

Pick up stacks of labels from the office supplies store: you’re gonna need them! Instead of scrawling notes on the side of each box in marker, create computer-generated labels that will save you time and headache. Mark each box with one label prominently displayed on the side using large font. Be specific. Don’t just write the room, write the location. For example,  boy bedroom #1 (first door on left), office on second floor, playroom in basement, etc. Wherever you choose to place the label, make sure you place it in the same area on all boxes for quick and easy navigation by all family members.

By heeding these organizational tips, you can ensure all your belongings will make a safe transition. Choosing a reputable mover like Moving Proz is also a big piece of the puzzle. Give us a call today for a free quote.