One of the terrifying parts of moving is the revelation that you have to move your messy room. Even if you take pride in keeping your home relatively clean, there’s probably at least one room in your house that’s messy – you can be honest.
Messy rooms are challenging because you need to clean them before you start packing. And once you start cleaning, you’ll no doubt come across things you know you don’t need.
The good news is that once you get through your messy room now, you won’t have one in your new space!
A lot of homes have messy rooms where extra items are stored, toys are overflowing, or boxes of old documents are stacked on top of each other. Thinking about packing up this room before your move can be overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to prepare for your residential mover, which is why we’re talking about it today. If you need to clean up a messy room before moving day, we suggest following these four steps to get organized.
1. Start organizing. First thing’s first. You’ve got to step into that messy room and get the process started. Begin by creating three piles: Keep, Toss, and Donate. This is your messy room so chances are you haven’t used everything in here on a regular basis. Gently used clothing, furniture, and toys are great items to donate to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. You can be as cutthroat as you want, but remember that you don’t have to get rid of absolutely everything. If you come across family heirlooms and antiques during your organizing, find a new home for them where they won’t be forgotten.
2. Create an “essentials” bag. Moving is a lot like getting ready for vacation; you tend to forget about all of the little things you use each morning until they’re all packed away in your suitcase. At the end of a long moving day, the last thing you want to do is search for your toothbrush, soap, toilet paper, and dental floss. Instead, designate one of your bags as your essentials bag. Keep all of the little things you’ll need right after you first move into your new space so they’re ready for use. Don’t let your residential movers take this bag, keep it with you in the car so it will be handy.
3. Label everything! As you pack your belongings, make sure you label each box with a general category such as “Kitchen.” This will help you determine what’s in the box without having to dig through everything first. Ask your residential movers to put the boxes in their designated rooms in your new home so unpacking is a little easier. Are you interested in being hyper-organized? Assign each room a color (the kitchen could be green, the kids’ bedroom could be pink, etc.) so you can look at boxes and quickly identify which ones go where.
4. Download and use a moving app. Have you considered keeping yourself organized the digital way? There are several apps out there that can help you organize your items before moving day comes. If you’re a visual person, check out Sortly. It will help you create a visual inventory of your belongings and create labels for your boxes. We also suggest Snap ‘n Pack Moving Assistant, MoveAdvisor, Home Move Pro, and First Home Checklist.
The moving process can be hectic but it doesn’t have to be miserable. Working with a residential moving company is one way to alleviate the stress of moving. If you’re in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area and you need some help with your move, get in touch with White Glove Movers. We specialize in cross-country and in-state moves. Let us give you an estimate today.