Professional Home Storage and Organization Tips for Move-In Day
If you have ever moved before, then you know that move-in day can be chaotic. You have tons of boxes all coming into the house at one time, and you have to figure out what to do with them. On top of that, if you have children, they are likely to be underfoot too. Doing a little planning in advance can ensure moving into your new place is as stress-free as possible. Here are a few tips to create some order on move-in day.
1. Label Boxes
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it is worth explaining here. Label all of your boxes. Do not just put what room they belong to, but put the contents as well. Having the room packed in the box will help you know where to send it so that they do not all pile up in the living room. Having the contents can further help you by knowing what part of the room to set it in.
2. Designated Spaces
Cheap Movers Seattle (cheapmoversseattle.com) recommends making organizational and lay out decisions about your new home well in advance of the mover’s arrival. That way you will know where to have them set boxes. You might even have a sign on each door where things are not immediately apparent. For example – Julie’s Bedroom, Jack’s Bedroom, Guest Bathroom, Family Room. This will enable to give more detailed directions to the movers when boxes are being brought in and make the unloading process move faster.
Do not open boxes until you have a place to put their contents and you’re finished moving appliances and large furniture into place. This is why you listed contents on the box. For example, toys may have a chest or a shelf where they are kept. Do not open the box marked toys until that chest or shelf is in place. The same goes for dishes, the vacuum cleaner, and all other household goods.
If there is more than one person who is going to live in your new home, then there should be more than one person unpacking. Children as young as seven can help unpack their things. As long as they know where their things are supposed to go, you can help them open the box and then leave them to it. Check on them from time to time to see how they are doing and even offer a treat when they have successfully unpacked their things. This will free you up to focus on family areas such as the kitchen or living room.
5. Safe Space
For a moving day with kids or pets, this is a must. Have a space set aside before movers arrive where the movers will not go. In this space place electronic devices where kids can watch movies or play games. You may also place crayons and coloring books, storybooks or even a couple of board games. Include a few snacks, and your kids should be out of the movers’ way as they bring boxes in.
Move-in day is rarely easy. However, it is possible to mitigate some of the chaos. A little planning ahead of the big day can help you to have a relatively relaxed experience. These tips can show you how.