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Organized Moving Tips: Low Stress Packing & Moving

- Hi there, it's Laura here from I Heart Planners

and I have a lot of experience moving.

And in this video, I'm gonna show you

how to have a super organized, really smooth move.

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So everybody knows that moving can be stressful

and a little bit, or maybe a lot chaotic sometimes,

but let me tell you, from experience,

the more organized and prepared you are,

the better your move will go.

And I have moved so many times.

From house-to-house, halfway across the country,

you name it, I've probably done it

and I'm gonna be sharing with you

what I have learned along the way.

On my last move, I had a ton of people commenting

that it was the most organized move they had ever seen.

Because we had everything labeled and ready to go,

the truck was unloaded,

everything was in the right room

in under an hour and a half.

So that's what happens when you prepare.

So if you're moving,

if you know anyone who's gonna be moving,

be sure to share this video with them

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Alright, so my number one piece of advice

if you're gonna move, is to create a moving binder.

Get it started well ahead of time.

Let me tell you, I have moved both

without and with a moving binder,

the moving binder moves went so much better.

And I'm gonna walk you through exactly what I have in mine

and I have a printable kit that I've created for you

to help you create your own binder.

Be sure to click the link below to download it.

Alright, so first I filled out the Moving Legend

with all the areas in our new home.

And this printable, what I love about it

is that it's fillable,

so you can customize it to your own needs, to your own home

and type in what spots that you have.

And if you don't have that many,

just leave some blank, no big deal.

And then next, I filled out the Moving Label sheets

that corresponded with the spaces on the Moving Legend.

And, again, these are fillable.

Not only are they fillable,

you're not gonna have to type in your labels 10 times,

don't worry,

you just type in the first spot

and it'll automatically populate

the rest of the spots on that label sheet for you,

and so I love this.

So that means within two minutes,

I had my complete file for my own customized,

printable moving binder all done.

Then, I print a few of each of the label sheets

onto Avery label sheets.

I use Avery 8163 labels, they're super easy to find,

they're supposed to address labels,

but they work perfectly for this

to put on moving boxes.

Alright, and I wanna issue a word of caution

about these shipping labels.

They work perfect for putting on moving boxes

because you don't need to take them off, right?

But, if you try to put them on wood furniture

or something like that, or even plastic,

they do not come off easily.

They're not designed to be removable,

so you might have a little bit of trouble.

Now, we went ahead and put them on our furniture

because the moving truck was getting there before us

and we wanted everyone to know where it went,

but we don't really have any valuable furniture.

If I had super valuable furniture,

I would not be putting these labels on it.

Now, all we had to do was take some Goo Gone

and get them off, no big deal,

but I wanted you to know that upfront

so you don't get yourself in a situation

where you put it on something and you can't get it off.

So the next thing I do,

after I printed out a few sheets of each type of label

is I punch the side of the labels

and I put those right into my moving binder.

Now, what I'm using here is not your traditional

three-ring binder system, it's a disc-binding system.

Now, I love the disc-binding system

for a whole lot of reasons,

it's what I use for everything,

but why I love it so much for this,

is that the punch does not eat very far into the page,

it doesn't go as deep as the traditional three-ring page,

so that means I'm not really punching

into the side of my labels very much,

so you're not seeing big holes in the labels.

And having them all in a binder

it's just all right there, ready to go

so when I'm packing, I just go to the label,

grab it and stick it on the box.

Next up, I create a little packing kit.

So it gets the moving binder in a pouch,

then I add a Sharpie, a pen, and some packing tape,

so that when somebody is packing,

all they need to do is grab one thing

and all the supplies that they need are right there.

Saves a lot of time and makes it easy to follow the system.

Next, I recommend you start packing as early as you can

because the closer you get to the date of the move,

the more stuff there is to do,

the more hectic and chaotic it gets,

so the more you do even weeks ahead of time,

you will thank yourself later.

So what I do is I go ahead and start putting in

things that I don't need,

like bulky kitchen items, my Christmas decoration,

out of season clothes,

and I get those all boxed up and ready ahead of time.

Okay, so next up,

this really goes along with the packing early,

is don't be too lazy about filling out that box index.

I know it can be tempting when you're writing it down

to think, "this is kind of silly to write down

"what goes in each box, I'll probably remember."

"Am I really gonna use this?"

Trust me, you will thank yourself later.

And it really only takes a few seconds

when you have everything together like this,

and the earlier you start packing,

the more important this is,

because you're not gonna remember

what you packed six weeks ago

and what box that special plate you want to use is in.

And here's how it works and how I number my boxes.

So, I just take my moving binder,

whatever number is next on the box index,

I'll write that on the label and then I pack the box,

seal it up, place the label on the box

and then write down the contents.

So in the end, I just have one consecutive set of numbers,

regardless of what room it is.

So there's no worrying about

coordinating the different rooms

or having different indexes.

This makes it quick and easy.

Now, there's one thing I want to note

when I tell you not to be too lazy

about filing out your box index.

The truth is, in the last 24 hours before a move,

things are gonna a little bit chaotic,

and maybe a little bit out of control,

so if your last few boxes aren't even on the index,

don't sweat it.

Do the best you can and having 85% of your boxes indexed

is way better than none at all.

Just do the best you can and know it's okay,

no matter how organized and prepared you are,

those last few hours are gonna be a little bit hectic.

Next, I always pack two or three Open Me First boxes.

And I actually have a printable for this,

so as I think of things

that need to go in these boxes ahead of time,

I can go ahead and write them down so I don't forget.

And then, what I put in these boxes

are the things that we will need

our first night in our new home

because we don't want to be searching

through all the boxes to find the essentials.

And these are things like bedding, just a few dishes,

maybe some favorite foods,

a shower curtain and a couple towels

so we can take a shower and get ready the next morning.

Having these Open Me First boxes are gonna be a lifesaver

and I put special labels on them,

I try to put them on the truck last

so we can find them early and get our essentials set up.

Alright, so I really hope these tips

help you have a smoother move.

And I have loads more I wanna share,

so go on and click the link below

to check out the corresponding blog post

or to get this printable kit for yourself

so you can make your own moving binder.

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