Organized Moving Made Simple
Moving can turn into a nighmare without proper planning. I ran across this article recently and wanted
to share it with you as it contained some excellent pointers on how to make your move go much
smoother. Some of the things might sound fanatical but really some basic organization will help you
move in, relax and enjoy your new dream home. We offer some information on real estate markets throughout the U.S. and even parts of the world if you are interested.
Making Moving Simple and Organized: It Can be Done!
by Phoebe Chongchua
For many people moving is one big headache and ranks as high on our list of fun as getting a tooth
pulled without Novocain. Yet when you're buying and selling real estate, whether it's your primary
residence or an investment property, moving belongings is part of the job. Decorator, Kathryn
Bechen, has moved 11 times in 25 years of marriage (and she's still married!). She moved equally
as many times as a child. Today it's not surprising that her passion is helping people stay organized
during a move.
For about seven years she had a professional organizing business. "I've been organized since I was
five years old and I just have always had a knack for it," says Bechen. Her practical experience
provides helpful tips for those who are getting ready to tackle a big or small move. "The absolute first
thing that you need to do is get a big three-ring [notebook] binder because that's a place where you
can keep all your notes," explains Bechen.
Moving typically requires numerous details and plenty of paperwork; having everything in one place
will make the move easier on everyone. As you're packing up your items, the best way to ensure
organization when the boxes reach your destination is to label and index all your boxes. It sounds
like a lot of work but this can be a real lifesaver. When you pack your boxes, Bechen says mark what
goes inside each box. You can even inventory your possessions and capture the contents on film or
Keep a copy of the contents with the box and another one that you can put inside your notebook. If a
box doesn't turn up at the new location, then you will know exactly what is missing. "The other thing
that's good to do when you are labeling your boxes is to label it as bedroom box 1 and then you'll
have the index with it. Then bedroom box 2, bedroom box 3, etc.," says Bechen. Remember that
packing and moving boxes is only part of the job. Don't forget to take care of cleaning arrangements,
children and pet care. Also, "I recommend that you pack a comfort box with food, snacks, juice boxes,
and water for the day of the move so that you don't have to rely on finding stuff," says Bechen. She
suggests that you have two additional suitcases that will travel with you and not be shipped or
packed on a moving van. Inside the suitcases pack needed medications, wet wipes, masking tape,
paper towels, scissors, extra clothing, and anything else you might need immediately. A separate
box should contain all your important documents and your three-ring moving notebook.
While not everyone has several weeks to organize a move, Bechen says that if you can organize your
moving activities based on an eight-week schedule it'll simplify moving and ensure an organized
move. Here is a brief look at the schedule she suggests from her new ebook, "Moving with Ease."
Weeks before your move:
- Eight weeks: set up a zippered three-ring notebook, keep all important documents in it,
record payments made, have a copy of your budget, contact information, maps to your new
location, keys, etc.
- Six weeks: inventory and index your possessions, begin giving away items you do not
need/want, make arrangements to consign items.
- Four weeks: start packing up things you don't use frequently, label boxes with indexes, hold a
garage sale to unload items you won't be moving, contact a moving company.
- Three weeks: assemble packing materials, arrange to cancel phone and utility services and
have them installed in your new location, find childcare and pet boarding, and arrange for
- Two weeks: arrange for any necessary banking changes, service your car.
- One week: order and pick up prescriptions, get keys to new home, pack two suitcases with
items mentioned above and keep them handy during the move.
- Two to three days before your move: defrost the refrigerator, unhook any electronics, set
aside a box that contains your legal documents that you will take with you.
- Day of the move: make sure your address is correct on the bill of lading, double-check
everywhere in the home.
A little extra planning can save you from having a move turn into a giant nightmare. Bechen says
here's the motivation to make it an organized move, "For every one minute you spend planning, you
save three to five minutes in execution time." Visit kathyrnbechendesigns.com for more helpful
moving and decorating tips.
We know that unfortunately not everyone can move to the El Dorado County area, so if you need some more information on real estate in the eastern U.S., attractions of the west, living in the south, or maybe a home in Florida, check out the respective pages.
So now that you know that moving doesn't have to be a big hastle, start looking for your new dream home!
Check out the local town write-ups for El Dorado Hills Real Estate, Folsom Real Estate,
Cameron Park Real Estate, or go straight to our MLS Home Search and call me for more
information about homes you like or sign-up for daily email updates with your search criteria. And enjoy your journey.
And if you need a local Sacramento moving company for Folsom, El Dorado Hills moving, see the nice people at Mee's.
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