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Moving Tips and Tricks From a Professional Organizer

Moving Tips and Tricks From a Professional Organizer

Are you ready to unlock the secrets of moving like a pro?

With moving tips and tricks from a real professional organizer, you can transform the moving process from a chaotic mess to a smooth transition.

My name is Olivia Parks, and I’ve worked with hundreds of clients over the years to help pack for a move or unpack and organize after a move.

And I’m here to help!

Say goodbye to the stress and hello to an enjoyable moving experience that leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to settle into your new space.

Let’s dive into the secrets that will make your move a breeze!

Short Summary

  • Declutter now for an easier, faster move!
  • Utilize space-saving solutions and high-quality packing materials.
  • Involve kids in the process and maintain routines to make moving with family successful.

Decluttering Before the Move

The first step towards a successful move is decluttering.

Filled Donation Boxes

By sorting your belongings, using the “keep, donate/sell, and throw-away” method, and starting early, you can save time, effort, and money during the moving process.

A well-organized move begins with only the things you truly need, making the packing and unpacking stages much more manageable.

Sort belongings by category

Begin your decluttering journey by tackling notorious clutter spots like closets, garages, storage rooms, and spare bedrooms.

As you sort your belongings by category, you’ll quickly realize the number of items you no longer need or use.

Moving to a new home is the perfect opportunity to let go of unnecessary possessions and start fresh. It also means there’s less to pack.

By sorting items by category, you’ll have a clearer picture of what you actually need in your new space, making the move more efficient and organized.

Use the “keep, donate/sell, throw away” method

The “keep, donate/sell, throw away” method effectively organizes your belongings before a move.

This method helps you decide what to keep, donate, sell, and throw away.

I often use a cardboard box marked “Donate” by the doorway to make donating items easier and quicker.

Donation Box

Using this method, you’ll start packing with a lighter load, making the moving process half the work.

Start early and stay consistent

Starting early and staying consistent in decluttering is crucial for a smooth move.

Dedicate one to three hours to decluttering and organizing each room, ensuring you cover every nook and cranny.

Start with your closets, then the garage, and move on to the bedrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen, and bathrooms.

Starting early and staying consistent save valuable time and effort and reduce the volume of unwanted stuff you need to pack and transport.

It also helps with not getting overwhelmed!

Packing Strategies for a Stress-Free Move

Now that you’ve decluttered your space, it’s time to focus on packing strategies to make your move stress-free.

By using high-quality packing materials, packing room-by-room, and space-saving solutions like vacuum bags, you’ll be well on your way to a smooth and efficient move.

Use high-quality packing materials

Using high-quality packing materials is crucial to safeguard your items during the move.

Common packing materials include cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, moving blankets, heavy-duty tape, plastic wrap, and permanent markers.

We typically get most of our packing supplies from Home Depot, Lowes, or Uhaul.

Packing supplies from Home Depot

I find when packing, it’s essential to use high-quality packing materials to protect your valuable items as best as possible.

Investing in proper packing materials will protect your belongings and give you peace of mind as you transition to your new home.

To make this process even smoother, consider looking up some packing tips.

Pack room-by-room

Packing room-by-room is a game-changer when it comes to an efficient move.

Start by packing the items in each room you won’t need until after the move, then move on to packing items you don’t often use, followed by items you use regularly.

Lastly, finish by packing the items you need immediately after the move.

By packing room-by-room, you’ll be organized, efficient, and able to unpack more quickly, preventing items from getting misplaced.

Utilize space-saving solutions like vacuum bags

Maximize space during your move with space-saving solutions like vacuum bags.

These bags are perfect for compressing bulky items like clothes, blankets, and pillows, allowing you to fit more items into each box.

By utilizing save space solutions, you’ll be able to pack more efficiently and reduce the number of packing boxes needed for the move, making the entire process smoother and more manageable.

Labeling and Organizing Boxes

Labeling and organizing boxes effectively are key to a successful move.

By color-coding boxes by room, including detailed descriptions on labels, and creating a master inventory list, you can quickly find what you need during the unpacking stage.

Let’s explore these labeling techniques!

Color-code boxes by room

Color-coding boxes by room is a simple yet effective way to identify where each box belongs. Assign a vibrant color to each room and use cheerful packing tape or colorful labels to distinguish between boxes easily.

This system makes it easy to locate items during the unpacking process and helps movers place boxes in their designated rooms, saving you time and effort.

Include detailed descriptions on labels

Including detailed descriptions on labels is essential for an organized move. Be sure to write the information on all sides of the box, including the top and bottom. Label each box with the corresponding room it should be stored in. Specify the type of items placed inside the box as well.

If you find yourself labeling many boxes, making a list of all the contents for each box may be helpful as you go for even more efficiency.

Create a master inventory list

Creating a master inventory list is a great way to ensure all items being moved are accounted for and properly tracked.

This can help guarantee that nothing is lost or damaged during the move.

To create a master inventory list, use inventory management software or create a spreadsheet and include details such as each item’s name, description, and quantity.

By keeping a master inventory list, you’ll have a clear overview of your belongings throughout the moving process.

Moving Day Essentials

Preparing for moving day is vital for a successful move.

Pack an overnight bag with necessities, prepare a moving day toolbox, and keep important documents accessible. These essentials will ensure a smooth moving day and help you easily settle into your new home.

Let’s discuss these moving day essentials and some useful moving tips!

Pack an overnight bag with necessities

Packing an overnight bag with necessities is crucial for a stress-free moving day.

Be sure to pack important documents, medications, electronics chargers, basic toiletries, a couple of changes of clothes, and pajamas.

Having an overnight bag with all your essentials will ensure you can focus on the journey ahead and not worry about locating items during the move.

Moving day can be a stressful experience, but having an overnight bag packed with all the essentials can be a stress-free experience.

Keep important documents accessible

During the move, it’s crucial to keep important documents accessible.

Pack them in waterproof, sturdy storage containers labeled clearly for easy identification. Financial files and essential documents related to the move should be kept with you, separate from the rest of your belongings.

This will ensure a smooth transition and prevent any potential issues during the move.

Hiring the Right Moving Company

Hiring the right moving company is essential for a successful move. You can ensure a smooth and efficient move by researching and comparing prices, checking reviews and recommendations, and understanding the company’s policies and services.

Let’s explore the steps to hiring the perfect moving company!

Research and compare prices

Doing your due diligence by researching and comparing prices is crucial in finding the best possible deal when hiring a moving company.

Gather in-person estimates from at least three different companies, and ask them about their pricing calculations, the number of movers needed, start and finish time, and any special requirements.

By comparing prices, you can make an informed decision and choose the right moving company for your needs.

Check reviews and recommendations

Before hiring a moving company, carefully review their reviews and recommendations.

Check online reviews on Yelp, Google, Thumbtack,,, and You can also ask for referrals from people you trust, like friends, family, and neighbors.

By checking reviews and recommendations, you can be sure that the company is dependable and trustworthy.

Understand the company’s policies and services

Before hiring a moving company, it’s essential to understand its policies and services. Check the company’s website or contact customer service for information about their service offerings, insurance coverage, cancellation policies, and any additional fees.

By understanding the company’s policies and services, you can ensure a smooth and successful move.

Unpacking and Settling into Your New Space

Unpacking and settling into your new house can be exciting yet challenging.

By tackling one room at a time, prioritizing essential rooms first, and developing an organizing plan for each new space, you’ll create a comfortable and functional living environment in no time.

As a professional organizer, I’ve observed that prioritizing essential rooms first dramatically reduces the stress of settling in and helps clients feel at home more quickly.

Tackle one room at a time

Focus on completing one room at a time to make the unpacking process more manageable. Finish each room before moving on to the next, ensuring all items are unpacked and placed strategically.

This method helps you stay organized and allows you to see progress and stay motivated throughout the unpacking process.

Prioritize essential rooms first

When unpacking, you must prioritize the rooms you use daily, such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

By focusing on these rooms first, you’ll be able to quickly settle into your new home and maintain a sense of normalcy during the transition.

Once the essential rooms are unpacked, you can move to less frequently used spaces like the garage or storage room.

Develop an organizing plan for each space

Creating an organizing plan for each space in your new home is crucial for a functional and comfortable living environment.

Before unpacking, consider the purpose of each space and the items that need to be stored in it.

Develop a plan for organizing and storing items efficiently, maximizing space, and keeping frequently used items easily accessible.

By following a well-thought-out organizing plan, you’ll be able to create a comfortable and functional living environment in your new space, including choosing the perfect shower curtain.

Handling Fragile and Valuable Items

Handling fragile and valuable items during a move requires extra care and attention.

To ensure the safety and protection of these items, use proper packing materials, consider hiring professionals for delicate items, and keep an inventory of valuable items.

Let’s discuss how to handle fragile and valuable items during a move.

Use proper packing materials

Proper packing materials are essential for protecting fragile and valuable items during a move.

Bubble wrap, packing peanuts, packing paper, dish foam, and cardboard partitions are your best friends when safeguarding fragile items.

By investing in high-quality packing materials, you can ensure the safety of your possessions during the move and have peace of mind knowing your items are well-protected.

Consider hiring professionals for delicate items

Consider hiring professionals to handle packing and transportation for extremely delicate or high-value items.

Professional movers have the experience and expertise to handle delicate items with extreme care, ensuring they arrive at your new home unharmed.

By hiring a professional organizer for delicate items, you can guarantee the safety and protection of your most valuable possessions during the move.

Keep an inventory of valuable items

Keeping an inventory of valuable items during the move is essential to ensure their safety and proper tracking.

List all valuable items, including their name, description, and other relevant information.

This inventory will help you keep track of your valuable items throughout the moving process, ensuring that nothing is lost or damaged during the move.

Organizing your inventory ahead of time will save you time and stress during the move. Make a Difference.

Moving with Kids and Pets

Moving with kids and pets adds more complexity to the process.

To make a move as smooth as possible for both kids and pets, involve kids in the packing process, maintain routines during the move, and provide a comfortable environment for pets.

Let’s explore how to make moving with kids and pets a breeze!

Involve kids in the packing process

Involving kids in packing can help them feel more included and less worried about the move.

Create fun activities, such as scavenger hunts for items to pack, allowing them to choose items for their room and providing stickers, markers, and decorative tape for them to decorate their boxes.

By involving kids in the packing process, they will feel a sense of ownership and control, making the move less stressful.

Maintain routines during the move

Maintaining routines during the move is essential for both kids and pets. Plan meals, downtime, and daily activities to maintain a sense of normalcy and ensure everyone’s needs are met.

Keeping routines in place during the move helps create a smoother transition for your kids and pets, making the move easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Next Steps

Moving can be daunting, but with the right tips and tricks from a professional organizer, you can turn it into a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Having helped hundreds of families successfully transition into their new homes, I can confidently say these tips and tricks will simplify your moving process.

Feel free to reach out if you have any specific queries or need personalized guidance for your move!

Contact us online or give us a call at (504) 321-6792 today!

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Olivia Parks

Olivia Parks is the owner of Professional Organizer New Orleans and a home organization enthusiast. Olivia graduated from the University of Loyola New Orleans. When she is not organizing a client's home, you can find her at the gym, outside, or at Whole Foods.