EXPERT ADVICE FOR AN ORGANIZED MOVE

We all experience a move at some point in our lives: first home, upgrade for a growing family, relocation for work, or downsize after retirement. No matter how small or large a move is, it can seem stressful and overwhelming at times. We asked Patti Mueller, Certified Senior Move Manager and Professional Organizer with The Organized Pack, for some expert advice on how to experience an organized move:

WHERE DO I START?

I suggest you begin in the garage or basement, if applicable. The garage and the basement tend to be where unused/irregularly used/don’t know what to do with it items are put, so normally there is an over abundance of things that will need to be gone through, donated and/or packed.

WHAT SUPPLIES/MATERIALS WILL I NEED TO MOVE?

Several sized boxes, unprinted newspaper, bubble wrap (there is biodegradable bubble wrap), and good tape, at least 3mm thick.

Breakdown of box sizes:

– Small: books, breakables, electronics, games, glass cookware

– Medium: small lamps, larger electronics, toys, kitchen ware such as pots, pans

– Large: blankets, folded clothes, linens, pillows, large lamps

– Mirror boxes: Large pictures, mirrors, posters

– Wardrobe: all hanging clothes, shoes at the bottom

DO YOU RECOMMEND LISTS, COLOR CODING OR LABELING OF ANY KIND?

Lists and color coding are an excellent way to keep organized especially if you have hired Movers. If you color code, assign each room it’s own color, then make two Master Color Codes, one for the Movers, and one for yourself.

Lists are great when moving an apt or a small home but when your moving from a 3-5 bedroom house, it can be laborous and not a great use of time. We have found that labeling each box is much simpler and faster than writing out a list, but yes, it’s a great way to stay organized.

SHOULD I START PACKING AHEAD OF MOVING DAY?

Yes, weeks before. If you plan accordingly, your move day will have minimal to no stress. Packing should be started weeks in advance, especially if your Realtor has asked you to declutter certain areas. Again, the garage and the basement should be tackled first.

SHOULD I PACK ROOM BY ROOM?

Yes. After the garage and basement, begin packing the rooms and closets you use less frequently than others.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PACK BREAKABLES?

Lots of semi-crumpled up paper on the bottom of box, bubble wrap, and then crumpled paper on top of the item. Mark box with a FRAGILE sticker or write it in red.

SHOULD I USE ONLY BOXES TO PACK THINGS IN? WHERE CAN I GET BOXES?

We recommend boxes though you can use totes, however from our experience, Movers aren’t thrilled with totes because they don’t fit tightly against one another which causes the calculated load to be off and sometimes the lids get smashed.

You can get boxes from your local big box store…though we caution against that. Their boxes don’t have a significant crush weight, meaning your boxes could dent, or worse, breakdown. The best place to get them is from Supply Houses, there are several in Earth City and St. Charles. We also carry all the needed supplies.

SHOULD I GET RID OF THINGS BEFORE OR AFTER MOVING?

Great question. It’s best to get rid of things before the move, and then another round of purging after the move.

IS IT WISE TO CONSOLIDATE THINGS WHEN MOVING?

Consolidate same room items with each other. Don’t pack bathroom items with kitchen items but it could be a good idea to pack a master bedroom pillow with the living room lamp…saves on paper, but also cushions the lamp well.

SHOULD I PACK A BOX OF ESSENTIALS LAST, FOR MY FIRST NIGHT IN MY NEW HOME?

Yes, act as if you are taking a trip and you need to pack….then throw in a few favorite food items. If you are moving to a new city, look online to find restaurants you may like, dependent upon how you feel, you could eat there, get take out, or have it delivered.

WHAT DO YOU FIND TO BE THE NUMBER 1 STRUGGLE AMONG PEOPLE MOVING AND HOW CAN YOU HELP THEM?

The absolute number one struggle is simply, they didn’t realize how much time and effort it takes to pack and they have run out of time and patience. We can help by coming to pack the whole house, the remainder, or even just the breakables.

IF SOMEONE WOULD LIKE YOUR SERVICES, WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP?

We’d be delighted to speak with anyone about our Services. Our assessments are free and they can call me directly: Patti Mueller 314-919-7225. Our email is: theorganizedpack@gmail.com and our website is: www.theorganizedpack.com There is a weatlh of information on our site including all services, pricing, and about us, as well as a contact form.

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