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25 Tips and Tricks for an Organized Move
by Maria Gracia (BrokerAgent Magazine)

  1. Use a Moving Checklist.  Make yourself a moving checklist outlining everything that needs to be done before and after your move.
  2. Leave it Behind.  Avoid moving anything you don't really need.  It is expensive, time-consuming and physically unnecessary to move things you won't be using.  If you don't use it now, you most likely won't use it later.
  3. Get Rid of Clutter.  Dispose of broken tools, old toys, old clothng and other items you no longer need, before you moe.  Give usable items to a charity or hold a garage sale.
  4. Don't Skimp on Your Moving Service.  Choose an experienced moving firm with an established reputation for good service and reliability.  Choosing someone who is unreliable or inexperienced will waste more time and money than you can imagine.
  5. Enlist Any Help You Can Get.  You will get a lot more done with some family members and friends helping you pack and/or unpack.  If your children are old enough, they should be helping too.
  6. Box It.  Get boxes in assorted sizes.  Be sure they're clean, in good condition and have covers so they can be closed and sealed with tape.  Start collecting them from your local merchants or purchae them from a moving company.  Liquor boxes are excellent.  They are sturdy and contain dividers making them ideal for packing glasses, goblets, vases, etc.-- but make sure these boxes have lids.  By the way, an easy way to store boxes so they don't take up storage space is to open both ends and flatten them out.  Cartons can be resealed with tape as you use them.
  7. Use the A-B-C System.  Everything you pack doesn't have to be unpacked the firt day in your new home.  If it contains essential items, make it Priority A.  If the contents are important, but not crucial,  markt he box Priority B.  If the box contains out of season items, holiday items and other things you won't need right away, mark the box Priority C.  Then, unpack in A, B and C order.
  8. Wrap It.  You will need plenty of wrapping paper and heavy-duty tape.  Anything wrapped in newsprint will most likely be soiled from the ink and will require cleaning after unpacking.  Movers use unprinted newsprint.  For items you prefer to keep clean, you can purchae this packing paper from your mover.  Kraft paper, tissue paper and shock-resistsnt corrugated paper make excellent wrapping materials and may be purchased at most major department tores, craft stores or from your mover.  These papers also make excellent cushioning and lining material.
  9. Mark It.  Felt pens are ideal for marking boxes with information such as its contents, destination room, fragile or this side up.
  10. Label It.  As you're packing, place removable, colored, circle stickers on your boxes to easily distinguish kitchen items from bedroom  items, from bathroom items, etc.  Use a different color for each room.  If necessary, make a master list so you'll know what is in each box.  If you can go to your new home ahead of time, you may wish to stick a corresponding colored sticker on the door or door frame of the room where the box will be delivered to.
  11. Lighten Up.  Cartons can be handled easier if they don't exceed 50 lbs., fully packed.  Keep this in  mind when you're packing.
  12. Room by Room.  Pack on a room-by-room basis, keeping the contents of each room in separate boxes.  This will eliminate confusion and save time when you're unpacking.
  13. Pack Early.  Even if you only pack 2 boxes a day, in 30 days you'll have packed 60 boxes.  Start in areas where the goos are not in frequent use such as the cellar, attic, garage, etc.
  14. Order Address Labels.  Order address labels before you move into your new home.  They'll be great to have on hand when you need to indicate a change of address on anything.  Leave a few behind with the people who move into your new home or apartment so they can forward anything that gets delivered to them for you.  Give them a few bucks to cover any postage costs.
  15. Make a Survival Kit.  Make a survival kit for your first night in your new home.  This should include items that will get you through the night if it's too late to unpack or the movers didn't show up.  Helpful items to include might be:  non-perishable food, can opener, paper plates, plastic utensils, bottled water, a flashlight, a few towels, sheetst, toiletries, a blanket, toilet paper, pen/paper, a few small games or magazines and a change of clothes for everyone.
  16. Have Someone Watch the Kids.  If you have children, especially young children, it might be a good idea to have someone babysit them while you're doing anything that involves your move, such as packing, unpacking, etc.  Your kids won't be interrupting your progress and you'll accomplish  more.
  17. Use the One Room Rule.  Set up ONE room in your new home as quickly as possible.  This way, you'll have a quiet retreat, free of boxes.  You and your family will then have a place to go when you need a break from all of the unpacking activities.
  18. Make it Pet Safe.  If you have pets, be sure you have a plan for when the movers arrive.  Perhaps keep your cats in the bathroom with the litter box or put your dogs in a fenced-in yard.  Also, take care to do what you can so your pets feel comfortable in your new home.  Bring their favorite toys, give them attention and don't leave them alone for long periods of time for the first few days.
  19. Make the 1st Night Special.  Make the first night in yoru new home as special as possible.  It can be take-out Chinese food or pizza, but you may sweeten the evening with flowers, candles and music.  It will really make a big difference and will help you to unwind and de-stress.
  20. Devise a Plan.  Before you begin unpacking randomly, sit down with your family.  Discuss a plan, including where things will god, who is responsible for what, etc.  It will help things run smoothly.
  21. Have a Tool Kit on Hand.  One of the most important things to have on hand when you're setting up yor new home is a basic toolbox that includes basic tools and hardware such a a hammer, screwdrivers, nails, hooks, etc.
  22. Function Before Form.  It is best to first arrange your furniture and then unpack accessories and personal items.
  23. Get Ready for Bed.  As soon as the bedroom furniture is delivered, set it up and put the sheet son the bed.  You'll be grateful that everything is ready for sleeping later on tongiht when you're really tired.
  24. Let Everyone Know.  Inform everyone that you've moved with simple postcards or email for those family members and friends who can receive it.
  25. Get Acquainted.  Once you arrive at your new home, schedule some get acquainted days on your calendar.  This is a great time to figure out where the supermarket, bank, post office, etc. are and will give you a chance to get familiar with your area.  If there is a tourist bureau in town, stop by and see what events and opportunities your town will be offering.

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