Moving can be a hectic time in your life with all of the details to keep track of and loose ends to tie up before you depart to your new place. No matter whether you’re moving across Cook County or across the country, you’ll have plenty of work or do to ensure that everything goes smoothly. As you prepare for your move, staying organized will help save you time, money and frustration as you travel to your new home.
Deciding What to Pack, Toss and Sell
Before you pack anything or tell your Chicago movers what’s coming along, you’ll want to take some time to sort through your belongings and decide what to pack, toss, sell or donate. Getting rid of things you no longer use, need or love will help free up space in your new dwelling and reduce the amount of time that it takes to pack and unpack. According to this article on MSN Real Estate news, carving out blocks of two to three hours weekly for about two months before your move will give you plenty of time to sort through your belongings. This way, you won’t have to cut out all the clutter in a single weekend. However, if you have to move on short notice, a marathon session will still help reduce the amount of belongings you’ll be paying to move or put into storage.
Labeling Your Boxes
Once you’ve determined what’s coming along with you to your new place, you’ll want to keep track of what’s in each box. Otherwise, you have a pile of mysteries arrive at your destination. Label each box in a way that makes sense to you, that’s easy to read and that is simple for the moving crew to place into the right spot in your new home. An organized scheme such as “MBR #1.” “Kitchen #2″ and “LR #3″ could signify the first box to open in the master bedroom, the second box to open in the kitchen and the third box to open in the living room. This blog suggests maintaining a master planner that lists in more detail what’s in each box. Your MBR #1 box might contain the alarm clock, sheets, blankets and pillows you’ll need for your first night while LR #3 might have decorations that can wait a few days before being opened.
Unpacking and Organizing
Once the movers have transported and unloaded all of your boxes at your new home, you’ll begin the process of unpacking and organizing each room. According to this blog on Unclutterer, the first thing you’ll want to do is set up each room with the essentials for everyday living. Toilet paper and a shower curtain for the bathroom, dishes and utensils for the kitchen and a comfortable place to sleep your first night will help you ease into the process of unpacking your things.