Moving is stressful. We all know that. As an NYC organizer and frequent un-packer I am here to tell you it can be a little bit less stressful with these helpful tips.
1. Start early. 3 weeks is ideal.
-During week 1 go area by area in your home or apartment and purge items that no longer serve you. This may result in piles — donation, give to your sister, return to a friend. You will have 2 weeks to see to it that those items get to the proper places. If you can’t manage to get them there then just throw them out. Under no circumstances should you bring them to your new place!
-Week 2- gather packing materials and begin packing. Have the moving company drop off boxes or go to local stores to see if they have extras that they will give you. My best tip is to go to a wine store and ask them for some boxes with inserts – these are great for wrapping wine glasses, liquor bottles, vases, and kitchen spices. Start packing up the items you use the least.
-Week 3- packing, packing, and more packing. Enlist the help of friends and family. Its much easier when you have company. Leave the larger items to the side (TVs, lamps, etc…) so the moving company can properly pack them.
2. Label, Label, Label!!! Every time you finish a box- label it. This makes unloading and unpacking so much easier. Its also great for the movers so they know where to put the items. Label items bedroom #1 then put a sign up in the new place indicating which room is bedroom #1. This way you won’t have to do any of the heavy lifting.
3. Take breaks. Moving is a lot of work physically and mentally so its important to take time for yourself. Take a walk, grab drinks with a friend, read a book. This way when you actually do sit down to pack you can be more focused and get more done in less time.
**A note about my most recent move: In the past I have used and referred Schlepper’s moving company but I recently had a client that was not so thrilled with them. After a Facebook poll which resulted in equal recommendations of Moishe’s and Flatrate I went with Flatrate because price is king. The movers were very good BUT they sent 3 movers instead of four which really held up the process, they sent filthy blankets for wrapping furniture (after I specifically requested and was promised clean ones), and they broke my mirrored night stand. I did receive a credit back for the filthy blankets and the broken furniture. So this isn’t a glowing recommendation but it wasn’t the most terrible either.
Here I am at the end of a long move: