Moving is always a hectic time – so to help bring a little organization to the chaos, we’ve put together a fun list of five tips that can make your next move a whole lot less stressful! Let’s jump right in!

Downsize

In most cases, you’ll have plenty of time to plan out your next big move once you’ve made the decision to do so. During this time, it’s a great idea to finally get rid of those old clothes, throw away your clutter in the basement or even sell off that extra piece of furniture. It might seem a little daunting on its face – but it’ll make for a much smoother, worry free move once the big day finally arrives. That means fewer boxes to carry and more time to unpack and settle into your new surroundings!

Label…everything.

Nothing stinks worse than being a room stuffed full of cardboard boxes. Nothing’s more frustrating as a mover than having to ask you ‘where does this box go’ for every, single box! Label not only what’s inside the box, but also where you’d like it’s eventual destination to be. Some folks even take a step further, choosing to use duct tape for special packages, and regular packing tape for day to day objects. That also gives us as movers a nice visual cue as well.

Provide a little detail

We also recommend packing away items by their priority in your life. For example, you KNOW you’ll use forks, knives and spoons in the kitchen. You know you’ll probably need napkins, plates and dishes and you might even need a pot or pan to cook in. But that spatula? The egg beater? The meat tenderizer? Meh, not as much. So make sure the life essentials are in priority boxes where it’ll be easy for you to get them once you’ve made your move.

Life essentials last

If you have contact cases, a toothbrush and other toiletries – leave those for last. You may need them before you need them, so be sure they’re stored, but in an easy to get to place in case you need them.

Move your furniture first, your boxes second

The best word of advice we can give is to organize your truck. Move your furniture in first as it’s the bulkiest stuff you’ll transport. Also it will give you the space you’ll need to negotiate difficult corners, doorways and other angles along the way. Then move your boxes into the truck – but don’t just start walking boxes out the door willy-nilly. In fact, we recommend that you arrange your boxes by room/destination. This way everyone knows that this stack will go in this room, and that stack will go in that room.

Moving this way means you’ll have to plan a little more, but trust us when we say, it’ll save you hours of frustration later on in the process!