How To Keep Your Things Organized During A Move

Various tasks come with moving, and it can be a juggling act that can overwhelm you unless you have a plan. You may have a lot to pack in your soon-to-be-former home, and that alone can cause some stress, especially if you’re pressed for time. But don’t worry about being bogged down as you can begin and focus on what you can at home.

The following are ways how you can organize your items for your move:

Do In-Depth Decluttering

Decluttering is when you need to remove unnecessary items from your home. Whether moving away from your current home of one year or 10 years, you don’t need to bring everything along, especially if you don’t have enough space for them in your new home. For example, you’re moving away from a house and lot to a smaller apartment. Declutter thoroughly by going from one room at a time to ensure you won’t miss a thing.

Go through your drawers, shelves, and cabinets and categorize items you want to keep, throw away, donate, or give away. Use boxes or plastic containers to hold them in place and label them to avoid confusion.

Rent A Storage Container

Moving day can be chaotic because you’ll have to direct movers to different parts of your home. The rush can likely cause damage to your home, items, and even injuries if the movers aren’t careful. You can choose that option, or you can opt to rent moving storage where you can place your household items and furniture until the moving date.

Some companies offer shipping containers delivered to your property that allow you to organize and store your belongings from the comfort of your home. They’ll keep the storage unit at their facility until your moving date. Renting storage units also allows you to keep items you might not have an immediate use for, so you can decide what to do with them later.

In some cases, they also offer services such as content delivery to your new home instead of you directing movers to pick up your belongings from the facility. You can call your nearest storage facility to inquire about their services catering to our moving needs.

Pack Your Items Properly

Prepare packing supplies such as moving boxes in different sizes, packing paper, bubble wrap, wardrobe boxes, mattress covers, packing tape, and scissors. You can even use blankets or towels to cushion breakable items like plates, jars, and mugs.

Start by labeling or color-coding boxes for each room. Pack items first that you won’t need immediately when settling into your new home, so you won’t find yourself living out of the boxes only to repack afterward. Next, move on to packing items for similar use or by room. For example, you can keep kitchen utensils, plates, and glasses in one container. Or you can pack all reading materials in one container.

Separate the essential items such as first aid kit, flashlights, bedding, and clothes. Ensure the boxes are correctly labeled and immediately accessible to avoid digging and making a mess. You can place them on top of the other items you can unpack for another day.

Create An Inventory List

It’s impossible to remember every item you have, especially when you’re moving. A moving inventory makes sense as it helps you track your packing. List the notable things you need to monitor until they safely get to your home, including antique or vintage furniture or art pieces.

You can then create lists by room such as the items in the living room and the kitchen. Keep track of photo frames and albums by counting how many and putting a brief description. Your important documents should be contained in protective folders. The list can also help you organize things when it’s time to unpack to avoid the confusion of placing them in the wrong room.

Gather Utility Companies’ Contact Numbers

Look for all the contact numbers of utility companies to cancel their services. You can find these details on receipts or billing statements. Create a list for your telephone, cable, water, electricity companies, trash collection, and more. It’s best to keep these contact numbers accessible in a notebook or moving binder if you have one. Also, keep the contact numbers listed on your phone correctly labeled. It’s best to keep both soft and hard copies for emergency cases. Call these companies one by one and discuss cutting services to your home.

There are many things involved when organizing a move. Not only do you need to keep your physical items packed and monitored, but you also need to contact various people when receiving services in your home. You can avoid getting overwhelmed by starting early to avoid rushing and figuring out your priorities.


You can keep things organized during a move by decluttering, renting moving storage to hold your items, packing items properly, creating an inventory list, and gathering contact numbers or utility companies. Work through them one by one to avoid overwhelming yourself. It’ll help you avoid missing things and forgetting tasks.

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