It’s moving season and the time has finally come for us to move into our forever home! We are officially homeowners and as if that process wasn’t hard enough, we bought a fixer-upper! It’s been a month and a half of home renovations and daily trips to Lowe’s & Home Depot but we are finally ready to move. Here are 10 tips that have helped us prepare for moving organized.
10 Tips to help you stay organized during your moving process:
- 1. Declutter! Get rid of all of that junk that has been piling up in your corners, under your beds, under the sinks, in your closets and in your garage! Let. It. Go. That process for me entails going room by room and removing everything from where it has been. Then start that super fun 3 pile sorting process: keep, donate/sell, trash. My golden rule is that if it hasn’t been used or worn in a year or more, it’s got to go. Here’s a great list for a quick declutter.
- 2. Plan! Map out your new house. Where is your current furniture going to go when you move in? I draw little diagrams of each room and use washi tape to mark where furniture will go. This helps you figure out what furniture you need to keep and which you need to replace. It’s not all going to fit the same so be creative. Repurpose old stuff, rearrange… it makes everything feel new again. This makes moving in so much easier too!
- 3. Sell it! Yupp, all that stuff that doesn’t fit or just no longer fits your style needs a new home. Truth is, most of your stuff is just fine still and could be just the thing someone else is looking for. I used my personal Facebook page and created a photo album if stuff I was selling. I sold everything quickly to reliable people, my friends! Facebook Marketplace is also a great tool for anything you can’t sell on your own. Reserve these options for your bigger and more valuable items. You want to try and get as much as you can so that you can buy what you need.
- 4. Yard Sale! For all the little stuff like clothes, dishes, used stuff, etc, you need to host your own Yard Sale. This is what I use to help me from having to trash decent/more used items. A successful yard sale needs great signage, advertising on social media & craigslist, and a variety of well organized items. Set up like a store and people will treat it like one! Price to sell, you want it gone!
- 5. Donate! For everything else that didn’t sell or things you come across later in the process, donate! I really try hard not to trash things that could be used again. Donating is a huge part of a fresh start in your new home. Find an organization in need or one that gives you a receipt for taxes.
- 6. Start Fresh! Okay, you aren’t getting rid of everything, just simply only bringing what you actually need. With that money you made from selling your used stuff, splurge on a couple new things for your new spaces. I was able to purchase my kids new beds, a new farmhouse bench, and some new wall decor with the money I made. Not to mention tile for our backsplash, new ceiling fans & new lighting fixtures for our bathrooms too… you know, because we bought a house that needed all that stuff. It all adds up!
7. Makeover! With chalk paint you can literally make anything new again in a very small amount of time. I was given a coffee table & end table from my mom when she purchased new furniture. I chalk painted them white to match the rest of our decor and they look brand new. There was so much paint left I decided to also paint my little farmhouse bookshelf. Only cost me a little bucket of paint & a few hours time. Think about things you can upcycle and makeover in your new home. Saves money and is very satisfying!
- 8. Pack Organized! Don’t just throw stuff in boxes room by room. Create detailed descriptions on your boxes and be sure to write “important” on anything you know you need right away. I also used these awesome little moving stickers to label which room each box needed to go in (see photo below). They are color coded and room specific which makes it easy for those helping you move. For anything that doesn’t need to go in a box, use tote bags like ours from Thirty-One. I transported all of my fragile Rae Dunn in my Deluxe Utility Totes in small trips. Made for quick packing and unpacking with a lot less mess!
- 9. Move! Move small stuff in first with smaller loads if possible in the days before your big move. Food, clothes, bathroom stuff, cleaning supplies, etc can all go to your new house before the rest of your stuff. This cuts down on the amount of things you could lose in the shuffle and the things that end up broken. If it’s important, take it yourself! I moved all my Rae Dunn in before our big moving day! On your big moving day be ready with boxes staged and ready to go. This cuts down on a lot of questions about what’s ready? take this? take that? Simply have a pile of boxes in the corner of each room that are safe for anyone helping you to grab. Take as much as you can each trip and have someone at the new house strictly receiving & sorting.
- 10. Unpack! So, I can’t stand clutter or chaos which means as soon as a box comes into my house it must be opened, emptied, and sorted immediately. If you don’t do this you will be living out of boxes for a long time! Make it fun, throw on some music, have a beer or glass of wine and do it! Organize everything with lots of strategic planning. Think long term! What should go where in a way that you can maintain for years to come? From your linen closet to pantry and kitchen… now is the time to start new habits that will lead you into being organized forever!
I just know these tips are going to be so useful for you during your moving day. Staying organized is key. Outline your plans on Pinterest by creating a few new boards with ideas for decor, organization and moving hacks. For more like this subscribe to my blog! Tons of decor inspiration and fun over on Instagram too, check it out!
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