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Steps to Organize for a Move

March 23rd, 2013 7:30 pm by

The key to any successful move is organization.  The more organized you are the easier your move will be.  Granted there will be unplanned events.  However, the more you do up front to prepare, the better position you will have to mitigate risk.

Step 1: Start early

The earlier you start to organize your move the better you will be.  You want to be in a position to optimize your opportunities.  Therefore, starting early allows you to secure dates, coordinate resources and downsize.  Granted you may not have the luxury of time but if you start the process as soon as you know you are moving, you will be able to get your things in order right away.

Step 2: One place for your things

Moving can be disruptive.  Therefore, taking steps to organize your things and putting them in one location will help prevent you from wasting your time looking for something.  Identify all the important paperwork you will need for your move and somethings that you just should have like birth certificates and put them all in one location.  This could be in a portable file folder or scanned into a digital file.  

Step 3:  Timeline

Understand your time constraints.  Consider your move as a large project that you need to manage.  Think about the tasks that you must do and identify any of them that affect the completion of other tasks.  List these out and use a calendar to plan what must be done first.  This will help you decide on what you have to do and when.  It will also help prevent you from missing an important task. 

Step 4: Budget

Your budget will dictate what you are able to accomplish.  Therefore, you want to make sure you have one set out at the beginning.  If you have a tight budget, you will have to entertain options that will save you money, like packing or unpacking yourself.  Feel free to ask your professionals here at Highland.  We have various options to help with your budget.

Step 5: Pick a System and Stick with it

Find a system that works best for you. Some people like paper while others prefer everything electronically.  Therefore, think about what will work best for you and use that system religiously.  You will be more likely to use something that you feel comfortable with and stick with it.  Keeping on top of your move will help you make it with ease.


Moving is stressful at times.  However, taking steps to organize yourself at the beginning will help to alleviate the stress.