Organize Your Move Like a Pro!

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Girl holding corkboard

Don’t you love when a move is fully organized and goes smoothly? Isn’t it fantastic when you can move through each and every step without hardly a hiccup? If your reaction to those questions was something along the lines of, “What the heck is he talking about?” then maybe you should read on.

The nice thing about my favorite way of organizing is that it’s perfect for people like me: procrastinators who are terrible at staying focused and organizing. If you find moving times to be an unorganized panic, in addition to their normal hard work and frustration-inducing tendencies, then you need a moving board.

A moving board is simple: it’s a large cork board where you pin notes and lists of everything that needs to be done. I recommend having printed out calendar pages that also allow you to mark each major event so nothing sneaks up on you unexpectedly. With a large cork board like the one in the picture, you have the ability to pin up random notes as they come to you, and then organize them by section or by timeline of when they need to be done.

This can relieve an enormous amount of stress by helping you to have one place where you can clearly see every single thing that needs to be done. You can see in a glance on the calendar when the new place opens up, what days your friends or family can help out with a moving truck, when you need to be out by, and even allows you to line up for a professional cleaning.

This makes it much easier to see when you need to have your major furniture ready for moving, when you need to box up the dishes, or what rooms take priority over others based on what type of moving vehicles you have on hand.

If you’re renting, you should have your copy of the original lease on there, and that can make for a checklist of things that need to be done before you make the full move. If you can get at least part of your deposit back, then why wouldn’t you?

Just a few things that should be on your board include:

  • All supplies you need to purchase
  • Schedule of when friends can help
  • To do list
  • Calendar complete with “to dos” scheduled accordingly
  • All phone numbers and contact info for friends, movers, new landlords, etc
  • Coordinating plans
  • Notes on how to arrange new living space

Each move is going to be slightly different, but if all it takes is a simple cork board and some tacks to smooth out all of your moving plans and help you save time, reduce stress, and get things done, then why wouldn’t you take advantage?

Shane

Shane

Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.
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About Shane

Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.