Moving and Storing: How to Organize Your Process

This post was originally published on June 12, 2013.

Moving and storing can seem like overwhelming projects. With so much to do, it can be difficult to know where to start and how to remain organized.

While individual processes can vary based on personal skillsets and organizational preferences, the following tips may be helpful if you’re unsure of where to begin.

1. Move One Room at a Time

The overwhelming feeling can easily creep in if you look at moving as one large task. Thinking about packing and storing a household full of items all at once is enough to make anyone go crazy. Save your mental sanity, and break it up. Take it one room at a time over the course of multiple days. 

Smaller tasks make the project seem much more manageable. Just remember not to deviate from the job at hand, and to remain focused. Try not to think about the big picture and the rest of the rooms that still need packed, and you’ll be boxed up before you know it.

Related read: The Best Way to Pack Fragile Items for Transport and Storage

2. Make Lists

Each room will have items that you want to bring with you, and those that you wish to store. Take the time to separate them into piles. Then, create itemized lists with estimated valuations for anything that will be part of the self-storage move. This will help you keep track of where everything will be, as well as provide you with the information you need for off-site storage insurance. Lists also ensure that the proper items are moved to your new home versus the self-storage unit.

Related read: How to Categorize and Take Inventory of Stored Items

3. Stock Up on Packing Essentials

Purchase essential packing supplies ahead of time so you have all items you need to move on hand. This gives you peace of mind, and increases your packing efficiency by eliminating extra trips to the store.

Did you find these tips helpful? What helps you stay organized during a big move? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Suzan's avatar
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    Well written post. Moving and storing both are very stressful tasks. These are very useful tips to begin this process. I like the ideas of additional resources and making a lists. I also want to add in this labeling of boxes is helpful to pack and unpack the items. Thanks for sharing these links for the additional resources. You have used persuasive content in your post.

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