Moving Checklist: Organizing for your Move

Laurie WallCleaning and Organization

packing to move

Once you have an accepted offer on your new home, it’s time to start organizing for your move. Get started with the packing process by using our moving organization checklist.

Thin Out Belongings

Over time, many belongings accumulate that you don’t want or need to bring to your new home. Go through the house and sort out the things you no longer want. Organize them into boxes labeled:

  • Donations
  • Throw Away/Recycle
  • Sell at Garage Sale

Get Quotes from Moving Companies

Have each moving company representative come to the house in person to see what you have to move. Make sure they’re insured so if anything gets lost or broken, you’ll be covered. Find out their policy for extra charges if the truck weight ends up being more than the estimate. Before you sign an agreement, thoroughly check the company’s online reviews.

Make a Moving Folder

As part of your moving organization strategy, have a file folder or two handy for moving lists and other important papers. This will keep papers and receipts where you need them and not packed away in a box somewhere.

Gather Records

Gather important records or copies of records so they’re all in one place. Visit your child’s school and arrange for records to be transferred to the new school.

Visit your medical doctor and dentist and ask for copies of your records to hand off to your new medical and dental professionals if you’re moving to a new area.

Go to your pet’s veterinarian and get copies of all your pet’s records, including a history of vaccinations and past surgeries.

Purchase Packing Supplies

If you’re packing yourself and not having a moving company do it, you’ll need packing supplies. You can purchase these from hardware stores, truck rental companies, or moving companies. Remember that items take up more space in a box than they do on your shelf because they have to wrapped and secured in bubble wrap or paper. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Small, medium, and large boxes
  • Art boxes for mirrors and wall art
  • Wardrobe boxes for clothing
  • Dish and glassware boxes
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Packing tape
  • Black markers for labeling boxes

Eat Through Your Pantry

Curb your grocery shopping and start eating the things you already have in your refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Perishable food items won’t keep well during the move, and eating non-perishable items will decrease the amount of things you need to pack.

Make a Cleaning Supply Bucket

Fill a bucket with all of the cleaning supplies you’ll need after your belongings have been packed up. This will make it easier to clean, help make sure you removed everything from each room, and use up cleaning supplies before the move.

Begin Packing

Pack heavier items on the bottom and lighter things on top to minimize the risk of breakage. Label fragile boxes accordingly and be sure to indicate which way is up. Keep your valuable jewelry and important documents in your possession instead of packing them in the moving truck.

Confirm Arrangements

Pick up the phone and confirm all the arrangements with the moving company, your real estate agent, and the new owners of your house or their representative. Once everything is squared away, the only thing left to do is to move!

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