Moving is one of life’s biggest (and sometimes most stressful!) times. Moving affects every aspect of your life as well as your family’s, and it’s important to be organized and on top of things.
We are in the middle of building our own home, and soon we will be moving out of the house we have lived in for almost 11 years. That is a lot of things and stuff to be on top of!
This will not be my first move, however. Over our almost 24 years of marriage, we have moved more than ten times. So, today I’d love to share some of my tips and tricks for how to organize a move. You’ll want to be sure to print out your own free moving binder covers and moving checklist printables to use for your next move before you leave!
Organization Tip 1: Make a Moving Binder
When planning a big move, the first thing that I always do is make a moving binder. There are several ways you can do that. You can make one big binder for all your moving paperwork or you can do as I do. I always make two binders: one for the old house and one for the new house. This helps me keep both places separate in my mind so I don’t forget all the little details that go with each place.
Download these cute moving binder cover sheets!
You can either use a three-ring binder with dividers or a pocket folder with tabs and a clear pocket on the front like I did. It’s really all personal preference. You basically just need some kind of binder that can be divided into sections and can organize important moving papers and reminders. These cute binder covers just make it fun!
How to Organize Your Moving Binder
Write the address of your new location on the front and then add your tabs. My moving binder is invaluable! It can even save you money. I always make a receipt tab to keep all those moving expenses. These can be used to make returns or even use for your taxes later on.
Tabs to Include in Your Binder
Here are some more category ideas to consider including in your moving binder. What are some tabs you would add to your moving binder? Let us know in the comments below!
- To-do list
- Moving budget
- Open house dates and details
- Movers contact info and invoice
- Self-storage rental information
- Loan information
- House plans
- House colors (paint, siding and exterior colors)
- Information on your new area
- Estimates and bids
- Builder information
- School information
- Moving checklist (see below for a printable checklist!)
Since we are building a home, I have a tab for house plans and room layouts. This is my favorite category! You don’t know how many times I’ve had to refer to these over the course of our home building process. It is so nice to be able to turn to this section quickly. Seeing a visual of what the house will look like someday gives me a little hope that we will be done soon! When I’m out shopping or running errands, I just slip these binders in my bag so I can grab them if I need to.
Another important tab for me is house colors. When I’m out and about buying and picking out things for the new house, I can quickly whip out my binder and use my color samples to color match and make house decisions on the spot. This has saved so much time, especially in the paint department!
Organization Tip 2: Use a Moving Checklist
I love to have a to-do list and moving checklist printed out in my hands. There is just something so satisfying about checking things off my list, especially during a busy time like moving! It’s too easy to forget something important.
Here is my moving checklist, broken out by month. You can print a copy of it right here.
Two Months Before Your Move
- Prepare a moving binder.
- Set a moving budget.
- Go through important papers and shred ones you don’t need anymore.
- Organize medical records and refill prescriptions.
- Go through closets. Donate anything you haven’t worn or used in the last two years.
- Clean out from underneath beds. Purge!
- Sort and donate things you don’t need in all areas of the house (kitchen, baths, etc.).
- Pack up things you don’t use daily (knickknacks, scrapbooks, home décor, pictures, seasonal items, etc.).
- Start using up perishable food items (food in the freezer, pantry and fridge).
- Choose your mover and confirm your arrangements.
- Arrange for self-storage if you’ll need it during your move.
- Prepare the kids. Get them excited. Involve them in the moving process.
- Consider selling larger items that you don’t plan on moving (furniture, yard toys, etc.).
- Give adequate notice to the landlord if you’re renting.
One Month Before
- Consider having a garage sale.
- Schedule utilities to be turned on (at the new house) and off (at the old house).
- Find or buy moving boxes.
- Stock up on packing materials (packing tape, newspaper, bubble wrap, etc.).
- Do a change of address at the post office. This can be done online.
- Update addresses for magazine subscriptions, bills, bank, credit card companies, etc.
- Gather important documents for school and work. Keep them in a safe place (moving binder).
- Update your home insurance, car insurance and health insurance as needed.
- Start packing more items (toys, extra bedding, dishes, etc.).
Read Also: 10 Packing Tips for Moving You Need to Know
Week Of Your Move
- Pack all the remaining last-minute items. Label everything.
- Pack your suitcase last.
- Pack a first day essentials box (things like soap, scissors, paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, medicine, etc.).
- Confirm moving truck, self-storage and travel arrangements.
- Dissemble furniture. Store screws in plastic bags and tape to furniture pieces.
- Figure out a simple meal plan (disposable plates and cups, crock pot meals, sandwiches, eating out, etc.).
- Pay any remaining bills. Confirm that utilities are being shut off on the correct day.
- Say your goodbyes to neighbors and friends. Update family and friends with your new address and contact information.
- Return any borrowed items (library books, DVD rentals, etc.).
- Arrange for help deep cleaning your old and new house, if possible.
What are some things you would add to your moving checklist? Did I leave anything out? Let me know in the comments!
Tip 3: Enjoy This Time of Your Life
Yes, moving can be stressful, but try to enjoy this time of your life. Moving means new experiences, new adventures and a new home to decorate. It means new friends to make and memories to create! Try to dream big and make plans for your new home. Enlist others to help you. Reach out to new neighbors. Explore your new area and town. Take breaks, get your rest and most of all, get busy making your new house a home! If you need any ideas, check out the links below!
Let me know if you are planning a move soon in the comments below. What is your best advice on how to organize a move? I’d love to hear it. Happy Moving!