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7 Essential Moving Tips from a Professional Organizer

Transitioning to a new home? While the prospect of a new space is undoubtedly thrilling, it can also feel incredibly daunting, especially if you've been rooted in your current home for quite some time. Over the years, things have a way of accumulating. Unless you're diligent about yearly decluttering, chances are you're surrounded by items you haven't touched in ages, perhaps even forgotten about entirely!

As part of our comprehensive moving services, we offer expert decluttering and packing assistance to streamline your transition. Trust us to guide you through these strategies, making your move significantly smoother. Staying organized during a move can make the entire process much smoother and less stressful. Here are some top tips:

Start Early

Begin planning and organizing well in advance of your move. Even if you are just THINKING about moving, kickstart the decluttering process. Putting your home on the market demands professional photos of every nook and cranny, and staging plays a pivotal role in swift sales. Your real estate agent will echo this sentiment: clear the clutter!

Declutter Before Packing

Who wants to usher in a new chapter surrounded by old clutter? Take the opportunity to declutter your belongings before you start packing. Donate, sell, or discard items you no longer need or use. This will lighten your load and make packing and unpacking easier. Tackle the areas of your home that see the least activity first and items such as decor, books, and seasonal items are great candidates for early packing.

Invest in a Range of Packing Materials

Stock up on all the necessary packing supplies before diving in. A diverse selection of boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, trash bags, ziplocks, packing tape, dish foam, permanent markers, and colored duct tape will serve you well. If you're keen on saving on packing materials, explore platforms like Facebook or Nextdoor for free or discounted boxes. Additionally, consider repurposing blankets, towels, sheets, and pillows as padding for fragile items.

Label Everything

Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs in. This will make it much easier to unpack and find specific items when you're settling into your new home. Use a color-coding system and assign a color to each room in your new home and use colored labels or markers to match boxes to their corresponding rooms. This visual cue will streamline the moving process.

Pack Essentials Separately

Identify items you'll need immediately upon moving, such as clothing, toiletries, the coffee maker, or your child's favorite toy. Utilize suitcases or plastic bins for packing these essentials. After a long day of moving, you'll be grateful for easy access to necessities without rummaging through boxes.

Keep Clothes on Hangers

Save yourself the hassle of removing clothes from hangers by using a simple trick. Secure a trash bag around groups of hanging garments, using the bag's handles to tie around the hangers. This way, clothes can be swiftly hung in your new closet, with only the bags needing removal.

Hire the Professionals

If the thought of packing overwhelms you, consider enlisting professional help. While moving companies offer packing services, they often skip the decluttering step. That's where professional organizers like us come in. We'll assist you in decluttering your entire home before packing anything. Plus, we offer unpacking services to streamline your settling-in process ensuring your organized in your new home from day 1.

Ready to make your move stress-free? Reach out via the contact form on our website to schedule your complimentary consultation call or email me at

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