Efficiently managing your time is essential to a stress-free move. With all the things you have to deal with, it’s easy for them to spiral out of control if you don’t plan ahead. Here are some things you can do to maximize your time in the months leading up to your move and on moving day itself.
Work Out Your Schedule
Organize your schedule in the months and weeks leading up to your move. Make a list of all the important tasks you need to complete for moving day. Also look at everything that you do in your normal daily schedule. You’ll want to see what you can cut from your daily tasks to get ready for your move instead. Make goals for what you’ll do for your move each week: cancel all subscriptions, contact doctors and dentists to inform them you’re moving, pack up the attic, etc.
Write It All Down
Write down everything that you need to get done and use reminders on your phone so that you don’t forget. Make a list of what you need to pack and when it needs to be packed. It’s best to pack the things you won’t need leading up to the move first to get them out of the way. Write down any deadlines for moving utilities or companies, and any subscriptions you’ll need to cancel before the move.
Make a list of moving supplies you’ll need, like bubble wrap, boxes, or tape. Make sure that you have this planned for everything so that you can get it all done in one trip to the store. Going shopping more than once will just limit the time you have to do everything else.
Make a file with all of the important papers you need to take with you such as doctors papers, birth and marriage certificates, insurance, school records and any other important documentation. This way you’ll know where everything is and won’t lose anything or spend time trying to find scattered papers.
You should label the boxes as you pack them, as well as what room they will go in when you reach your destination. It will save you the time of searching for something if you realized you packed something you desperately need right away after the move.
Consider a Moving Company
No one does moving better than a moving company, especially your local experts at Ayer Moving & Storage. Get help from experts and organize your belongings ahead of time. They will help make sure everything runs smoothly and you’ll have a group of experts to entrust your items with. This will help ease your stress and give you less to worry about come moving day.
Whether you are getting some help from a moving company or doing it yourself, you’ll want to enlist the help of friends and family. You’ll have the piece-of-mind knowing that you won’t be the only one responsible for everything on the day of your big move. Recruit them ahead of time and make sure they know everything they need to do. Write it down so no one forgets.
Keep Valuables Close
Anything extremely valuable and portable, like grandmother’s pearls, or stock certificates, should be kept separately in your own possession. Movers won’t always know what to prioritize and have to divide their attention between the entire contents of your home. If there is anything incredibly important to you or that you know you need right away, take it with you.
For moving day, you’ll want a time schedule written out to manage your time. Write it out in short time increments including when you get up and when you need to eat. You’ll want to get up early to get the most out of your day and don’t want to run out of fuel during the process.
You should also be prepared for things to go wrong throughout the day. No moving day can go perfectly, so it’s best to expect at least a few mistakes. This will keep you from stressing too much when they happen. Have a backup plan for anything you’re really worried about. Things will get where you need them to go; you just need to stay calm.
Lastly, make sure that you have EVERYTHING packed up before moving day hits. Your day will be full enough without having to pack up those last few things. You won’t need to stress about forgetting that one thing you left to the last minute if you don’t leave anything to the last minute.
In order to manage your time well and efficiently, you need to stay calm, and procrastination will certainly have the opposite effect.
Need More Help?
You can reach us at 1 (800) 233-6683 or visit your local Massachusetts moving company to learn more about what we can do to help you. Download the Ayer Moving & Storage Timeline for a Stress-Free Move!