After years of helping clients through hundreds of moves, this summer I got to provide this service to my very own family. And, as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to die after about 50 trips up the stairs carrying boxes!
Moving is always a stressful event. So, of course, I hired help. Sure, I did a lot (a lot) of the work myself. But there are times when even organized people can really benefit from hiring a professional organizer. Moving is one of those times.
I found three ways a professional organizer can make a move easier.
Reduce your moving weight
Many movers charge by weight. While getting rid of your extra underwear and skinny jeans may not shave much off your weight total, getting rid of 20 bags of books will.
Before you start packing (two months ahead of move day, if possible) have an organizer help you thin out your books and shoes. Both are heavy and it can be hard to be objective about on your own.
Sometimes a move is a good time to upgrade your furniture. Maybe a child is ready for a larger bed, or the family is ready for a new couch or table. If you have furniture you are no longer in love with, have an organizer help you list it for sale well before moving day. Needless to say, less furniture is a great thing when loading a moving truck.
Another great place to trim weight is in the garage where most families store things that they do not need or use anymore.
Once you’re done with the heavy stuff, your professional organizer can move on to toys. If ever there was a category that needed thinning out, it’s toys. They don’t weigh much, but they can suck your will to live with their endless pieces that break every 5 minutes.
Unpack while you get back to work
Before this summer I knew in theory, but not in practice, how expensive moving is--not only because of the movers or the time off work, but because of all the eating out!
The kitchen is usually the first room we unpack for our clients in their new home. It was the first room I wanted unpacked as well. But, by the time I was ready to do it we had already spent hundreds of dollars eating every single meal at restaurants. Not only that, but I knew, from doing it as a professional, that it takes one person at least a full day to unpack and organize a kitchen, and that’s only if you stay focused and are quick to decide where things should go.
Realistically, I was looking at two more days of eating out before I had the kitchen ready and stocked with ingredients.
If you only hire a professional organizer for one thing when you move, hire them to unpack your kitchen.
They will put things away in an organized manner and label the fronts of your cabinets and drawers so your family can find the cereal, the bowls, the spoons and the coffee cups tomorrow morning.
While your organizing team unpacks the kitchen you can go to work, take a nap or even go to the grocery store so your family will be that much closer to eating at home again.
Nothing beats a professional recommendation
While finding homes for your stuff in the new house, a professional organizer will probably come up with storage solutions for spaces you may not think of. A good professional organizer will be able to recommend the right shelf-extender, a perfect storage container or offer some out-of-the-box ideas for where to store things when the regular spots aren’t available.
If a house has limited closet space, an organizer can help you figure out how to adjust your storage to better fit your new house. What about if there is no linen closet on one floor? An organizer will be able to solve this problem.
You may be interested to know that I hired professional organizers to help with my family’s move. I also hired a moving company. There is nothing like seeing a moving truck to make you feel like a real adult. No more paying people with pizza!
Do your friends a favor; hire a professional organizer and ease the pain of your move.
About the author:
Nonnahs Driskill is the Boss Lady organizer at Get Organized Already, Inc. in the San Gabriel Valley, California. Driskill is a regular writer for the Experts Contributor Program.