How to Handle a Move on Short Notice

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Moving on Short Notice

We all know that moving involves a healthy dose of elbow grease and plenty of prior planning. But, what happens when you get notice of an impending move on extremely short notice? Whether your house sold much quicker than you anticipated, or you received sudden notification of a military move, you don’t always have a ton of time to coordinate the details of your move.

There’s no need to panic yet! Just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean your entire move will be chaotic and disorganized. Keep these tips in mind to approach your quick turnaround moving process with a calm, cool, and collected attitude.

1. Make a list.

First things first, it’s easy to become frazzled, stressed, and disorganized when you receive extremely short notice of your move. So, it’s important to take a minute to make sure you’re approaching your move with a plan and strategy in place.

What’s the first step? Sit down and make a list of all of your moving related to-do items. Whether you need to run out and pick up boxes or call to get price quotes from moving companies, write it all down. Not only will this allow you to effectively prioritize your to-do items, but also make you less likely to forget something important!

2. Pack as early as possible.

You don’t need to wait until all of the details of your move are finalized in order to start packing. So, begin packing away some of your unnecessary items right away to save yourself some stress and anxiety down the road.

Set aside an area in your home to act as a moving staging area. This room will be the catchall for all of your boxes, moving supplies, and other random items related to your move. That way, you’ll be able to get the boxes out of your way!

3. Create a timeline.

When you have so much to do in a little amount of time, it can be tempting to hop around from project to project, without ever actually completing anything. So, establish a moving timeline to help you manage your limited time!

Set deadlines for when you should have certain rooms packed up. Craft a timeline for the day of your move, so you know what times to tell moving companies when you call. Think of your timeline as your roadmap to success for your move!

4. Reserve a morning for phone calls.

If you’ve ever moved before, you know how many phone calls are involved. Needing to call everyone from moving companies and utility providers to your current landlord or your realtor, much of your time can be wrapped up on the phone.

Set aside a few hours one morning so that you can tackle all of your phone calls in one go. It likely won’t be a fun morning, but at least you’ll have all of those pesky tasks checked off your list!

5. Pack a necessities bag.

While you want to try to remain as organized as possible, sometimes order gets tossed out the window when you’re short on time. So, your boxes may end up being a hodge podge of items, which can make it challenging to find any items you might need.

Pack yourself a bag of necessities (clothes, toothbrush, phone charger, etc.) for your last few nights in your current residence, and your first night in your new home. That way you’ll have everything you need to survive while the rest of your belongings are packed away!

6. Enlist help.

We all know that moving is hard work. But, doing it on short notice? That can make things extra challenging! So, enlist help from your friends and family members in order to make your move a little easier. The standard payment of pizza and beer usually works wonders!

Needing to move on short notice can throw a wrench in even the best laid moving plans. Put a few of these tips to work to take a little stress out of the situation!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.