Five Tips for Moving in a Hurry

Suppose you’ve just found out you have two weeks to move, and literally nothing is packed. Should you panic? Should you throw it all in the trash, or conversely into random boxes with no rhyme or reason?

Here are some tips to make things go smoothly without too much time or frustration:

Tip 1: Make a plan. Five minutes of planning can save hours on the other end. Make a diagram for the movers of where you want your items. Tell your packers what your priorities are. Decide what items are essential for daily life and what you can wait to look at for a few weeks.

Tip 2: Label your boxes according to plan. Of course you want to write what’s basically in them, but for example, if you are moving things to multiple locations or rooms, code your boxes with numbers for where the items will go and how important they are. 1 for “immediately needed at the new place”, 2 for “send to new place but don’t need right away” and 3 for “storage”. Then you can tell the movers some basic rules about those 1, 2, or 3 boxes and your life will be much easier the day of move in.

Label your boxes with large numbers, coded for their final destination.

Tip 3: Don’t spend too much time on this end sorting papers and small things. Make a large rule, like “keep all papers until I can sort later” or “all stuffed animals can be donated”. This information can be communicated to whoever is packing with you and you can get much more done.

Tip 4: You will need more boxes than you thought and more supplies than you thought. Look for free boxes on Craigslist or used boxes at ecobox.com. Get lots of small and medium size because heavy things should go in small boxes.

Tip 5: Donate whatever you can easily donate. Put out an ad on Craigslist for all the free things in your driveway. Try to get rid of as much as possible so you don’t ever have to deal with those items again. Items that will bring more than $100 can be sold, but try not to spend too much time on that when you’re frantically packing boxes.

Bonus Tip: If you’re overwhelmed, call an organizer. We can often make a plan or help you just a little bit. $50 or $100 spent on an organizer can save you tons of time and frustration.

 

Candace’s Closet

The client:

Candace has moved into a new house and she is busily trying to make everything fit. She has a great sense of style and order already. She was getting overwhelmed with the last few boxes that she needed to fit into the closet.

The problem:

Candace got a great start on her closet and then stalled. She had too many boxes left to fit in nicely, and ended up with a pile of stuff on the floor. We all know how frustrating it can be to have stuff all over your floor! It steals your joy and is visually overwhelming. Candace was willing to use items she already had as containers.

Before- stacks on the floor

After- floor is clear

Before- shelves are used inefficiently

After- All space is used wisely

The solution:

We took a good look at all the shelves in her closet and figured out how to fit everything in nicely. We found containers in other parts of the house and made labels for her boxes. Sometimes something as simple as having matching labels on everything makes all the difference. We were able to clear the floor pile and arrange all the things in her closet to Candace’s content. This project took about 2 hours of organizer time plus a few hours of Candace working on her own.

 

Nicole’s House

The client:

Nicole has recently moved, is expecting a baby in the next few weeks, and will be moving again shortly.  She is normally very organized but these last 10 boxes were frustrating her whole family.  She did not have the energy to do it herself.

The problem:

Nicole was feeling overwhelmed with the last few things she had to do before the baby arrives. She needed her bedroom to be completely unpacked, her bathroom to be put in order, and she had a few more boxes to deal with.

The solution:

Serene Spaces came in and organized a workday. We sorted through the boxes in her bedroom and living room, defining what was to be unpacked sooner rather than later. We moved the repacked boxes into her garage and sorted through the boxes in her hall closet. We also put some pictures on her wall for her. By the end of the day her bedroom was ready for baby. It was very calm and peaceful.

We left a small assignment for her to complete with her husband, cleaned up, and left her with some great places for her and her new baby.