Just the word brings apprehension.
The last time we moved was almost 11 years ago. We never thought we would land where we did. Never thought we would be here this long.
We probably would not be moving yet if we did not have to. The apartment complex we manage and live on site is getting ready to go through a huge remodel. We just received our 30 day relocation notice. We have to have everything completely packed up and moved out by the 12th of September and then move everything back in around October 3. Although this is not your typical moving experience, it’s still moving and still packing.
I have, actually, had some time to think things through as this has been in the works since February 2014. The hard part is that it has been on again and off again with a lot of unknowns and not many answers. But now we are here….. three weeks out.
Preparing to move can be very unsettling, but it can also be very exciting! We went through the excitement stage of a brand new apartment, but we are now in the unsettling, craziness, boxes everywhere stage!
Thankfully there have been some steps in preparing to move that have made the process much smoother.
9 Steps in Preparing to Move
- Take a mental inventory of each room.
- Make a plan. Each room has very specific needs and needs to be done in the best order possible.
- Collect packing supplies. Boxes, tape, post it notes, sharpies, paper just to name a few. Most things can be done without purchasing them. I was so thankful to get a ton of boxes from a local restaurant. They were the perfect size! I got paper from a paper plant that gets rid of their ends of paper rolls. You don’t have to use post it notes. You could use index cards or just paper. Tape…one word of advice, don’t skimp and buy cheap.
- Start with the items or room that is the least used. For example, I started with my school closet. I pulled out everything the kids would need right now and packed away all of our extra supplies and things we could do without for awhile. Certain things have to stay out to the bitter end because we use them everyday.
- Purge as you pack. I understand that you may not have too much time, but you have to touch every item to put it in a box. You might as well put it in a box to go to the thrift store instead of storage. It will definitely make your unpacking faster and easier.
- LABEL, LABEL, LABEL. I am a bit probably over the top on this, but it has saved me a lot of headaches! I put every item that is in the box on a post it note or index card. I even write out every title of every book. It does take some extra time but I have already needed something and was able to find it quickly!
- Assign a place. Write on the box where all that stuff belongs in your home. (ie. Master bedroom, living room) This makes the unpacking much more smooth as the boxes can be taken directly to the room it belongs.
- Make a place for all the packed boxes. This has been my greatest challenge. We have a very small apartment for the 8 of us. There is literally no room for boxes. We had to make room. We took down the dining room table and started filling up the dining room.
- Categorize your boxes in storage and the moving van. All the things that belong in my school closet are all stacked together in the moving truck and storage unit.
Although moving can be unsettling it does not have to be chaotic. Just remember the more work you do on the front end the less work is required on the back end!