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Tips to Get Organized for Your Next Move


There’s no denying it: moving is stressful.  It doesn’t get easier over time, and no matter what you do, something always breaks!  What can you do?  Fortunately, there are a few things that can make moving significantly easier on you and your household.  Here are a few tips to help you get organized for your next move and make things less miserable for all parties involved

1. Downsize

The first thing you want to do before you even consider getting boxes and packing tape is to get rid of as much stuff as you can stand.  If garage sales aren’t your thing, put an ad on Craigslist or post things on eBay.   Still too much to deal with?  No problem. That’s what Goodwill and thrift stores are for. Just drop off everything you don’t use or no longer want, and it’ll be out of your hair forever and being put to great use by someone else.

2. Moving Supplies

If you’ve ever tried to help a friend move, and you’ve picked up a garbage bag that fell through the bottom, you know that there’s a reason for different sized cardboard boxes.  Use small boxes for books, dishes and other heavy or fragile items and large boxes for light things like pillows and sweaters.  Rent a dolly or hire movers to help you, so that you’re not making a separate trip for every box that has to go out of the old place and into the new.  It’s a marathon, not a sprint. You’ll be glad you packed everything in the right sized boxes in the end. It will make all the difference

3. Stay Organized

Get a sharpie and mark each box with a number as you’re packing things into it, and then on a separate sheet of paper write down what is in the box in correspondence to that number.  You can reuse boxes that way.  You will also know exactly what’s in the box, so when you’re unpacking you can get to your favorite mug immediately instead of unpacking a food processor you won’t need for weeks.

Moving isn’t nearly as much of a task when you make the effort to downsize and get organized.  Chaos is the enemy.  Keep all your ducks in a row and you’ll find that the next time you have to move, you might not want to pull your hair out at any point.

Guest Author’s Bio: Working with self storage users all over the United States, Tim Eyre helps customers store their stuff in places like a Brooklyn self storage unit and in a Cerritos self storage facility.  In his spare time, Tim likes to get outside for a game of basketball or a round of golf.

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