Getting Organized for Spring

Moving can be a pain in the butt for a number of reasons, the biggest of which is probably packing. It can be hectic and time-consuming. But if you follow a few easy tips, you’ll find packing isn’t so bad and may not be the worst part of the moving process after all!

Start Early – Almost everyone has more stuff than they think they do, and almost no one leaves enough time to pack it.

Room Lists – Start by forming two room lists, one for your current place and one foryour future place.  This will help you manage what has to go where.

Room Inventory – Go to each room and write down the types of things that need to be packed: furniture items, length of shelving, closets, etc.

Time Allotment – Make sure to leave enough time.  The most common timeframe reported by people moving is that it takes a month to pack.  One study reported that it takes 4-5 hours to pack an average dorm room, so that should give you an idea of what’s involved.

Calendar – Pull out a calendar and plan by day when each room will be completed.

Delegation – If you’re moving with family members, agree with them exactly while tasks they will be doing and the date they will be finished.

Track Your Progress – At least once per week track where you are against the date on the calendar.  Revise your plan if you’re falling behind.

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