Moving Checklist: How to Stay Organized During Your Move

If you’re one of the 11 percent of Americans who are moving this year, you might be feeling overwhelmed.

Just thinking about transporting your things from home to home is exhausting. But don’t worry, we’ve got some top tips on how to organize a household move that will help keep your stress to a minimum.

How to Organize a Move

Follow these simple steps when preparing to move. They’ll help you make a plan, get the help you need, and get all your boxes to the right place.


There are plenty of things to keep track of when you’re preparing for a move. Focus on the things that need to get done by making detailed to-do lists.

If you like using technology, then a task management system like Trello or Asana might be useful. For pen and paper enthusiasts, you could use Bullet Journalling techniques.


Home organizer, Marie Kondo, has been spreading the word about getting rid of things that no longer bring you joy. Moving is the perfect time to do this. Rather than lug boxes of stuff you don’t need with you, find a new home for them before you go.

One technique to prepare for a move is to designate boxes for recycling, rehoming, and trashing. As you sort, put things in these boxes and only take what really sparks joy with you. The more decluttering you can accomplish before the move, the better.

Ask for Help

Moving is nearly impossible to do without assistance. If your budget is tight and you are relying on friends and family to help with the move, ask for their help and lock them in early as soon as you know you’re moving.

This is the time when you call in all your favors and get as many hands on deck as you can. Remember to reward your friend-crew with plenty of food and refreshments during and after the move.

Hire Professionals

Moving companies are experts when it comes to how to prepare for and execute a smooth move. Rather than tie up your evenings and weekends for months before the move, professional movers can come in, pack everything correctly, and get you relocated quickly and efficiently.

Ask friend and family for recommendations for reliable companies. Or, try local community pages and ask for recommendations on your social media accounts.

Have an Unpacking Plan

Identify the things that you can’t live without, and make sure that those go in boxes which are clearly identified. Every box you pack should have a note of its contents and the room it should be put in to speed up the unpacking process.

With your ‘must-haves’ easy to spot, you can get up and running in your new home much quicker.

Pro-tip: Make up the beds as soon as you can at the new home. You want to make sure that you have a comfortable place to crash and rest after your long day spent moving.

Need Some Help?

If thinking about how to organize a move still sounds overwhelming, even with these tips; we can help. Get in touch to discuss your move today!