8 Organizing Tips for Moving

If you know me you know that I love to organize things. I may not be able to keep them that way for long – you know, with a 15 mo old – but I enjoy putting things in their proper place. I also like to make lists. And I’ve moved a lot. So, I’ve put together a list of moving tips to help make a hectic process easier. And I’m also compiling this list, to help myself remember what needs to get done before Saturday! Haha!

8 tips to help make moving easier:



Labeling the box by room and by content allows me to quickly get unpacked after moving.

  • I think this one goes without saying, but if you want to know what’s in your boxes, you should probably label them. Now, I don’t just use the general labels here, I make sure to list things out. So instead of writing “Kitchen” on your box, you could add a few key items that are in your boxes.
  • Add terms like “Heavy,” “Fragile” and “Light.” So that heavy boxes of the same size don’t end up crushing the light boxes.
  • Label items “open first” so you know whether these are items that must be unboxed immediately.
  • Here are some great labels I like to put on my boxes: (Click the link to view on Amazon)

    These tapes are great for organizing your move.

2.) Box everything you can


I also like to utilize baskets to easily transport items that don’t fit in a box or are odd shaped.

  • I like to box clothes with hangers on them – I have so many clothes hanging in my closet that it just doesn’t make sense to bag them.
  • Bulky items are much more easily moved if you are able to box them.
  • You can also use baskets if an item will waste space in a box.

3.) Pack boxes from the same room together in the truck

  • If you organize the moving truck so that all the kitchen boxes are together it makes unpacking the truck much easier. (Of course, this may not always be possible – but put them as close together as you can)

4.) Hire movers

  • If you can afford to do this – just do it. It makes life so much easier!

5.) Leave cleaning items in an open box – pack it at the back of the truck.

  • Whether you need the items to clean your old house or the new – chances are they will be needed, so leave them somewhere easy to access.

6.) Pack a Suitcase

  • Put all your commonly used items like toiletries and clothes for several days in a suitcase, this way you know where they are and you won’t be digging through boxes trying to get ready for work.

7.) Clean as you pack

  • One of the worst things ever is unpacking dirty and dusty items from boxes and having to clean after you move – so grab a duster and clean them as you pack!

8.) Don’t Stress

  • I know that this one is easier said than done… but try to relax. Before you know it you will be unpacked and living comfortably in your new place!

Did I miss anything? Do you have any great moving and packing tips? Let me hear them! Leave a comment below, or shoot me an email to christine@shescoveredinpaint.com

11 thoughts on “8 Organizing Tips for Moving

  1. I wish I read this post before we moved. I love the idea of cleaning as you go and packing clothes on hangers. That would have made my life so much easier. I do use suitcases often as extra boxes however.

  2. This is SO helpful! Labeling boxes heavy, light and fragile is actually genius. It’s so nice when you don’t have to play a guessing game with that. That’s really smart to box clothes on hangers. All of these tips will save me so much time and energy the next time I move. Pinning so I can have this on hand 🙂

  3. almostindianwife

    I love these tips! We’re planning a pretty big move soon and I’ll have to use these! I’ve moved a bunch and it always ends up being way less organized than I hoped!

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