Moving day requires a lot of hard work. Practically nobody looks forward to it, but it has to be done. To make the day go more smoothly, you need to manage your time. You’ll find that the move will be much more efficient if you enter it with a plan of action. Here are some tips for time management as you make the move into your new apartment.
Have Everything Packed and Ready to Go Before Moving Day
One of the best ways to manage time on your moving day is to be prepared. Make sure you complete all of your packing and organizing before the actual moving day comes along. It may seem obvious to do this, but you’d be surprised by how many people are running around packing items the day of their move. You’ll save time—and will be much more organized—if you’ve pre-packed everything and have it all stacked and ready to be carried out. Carrying packed and taped boxes out to a truck is efficient—randomly grabbing odds and ends and shoving them into grocery bags and suitcases the afternoon of your move is not.
Another good reason to pack before the day of the move is the fact that you’ll have time to sort and dispose of things you no longer want or need. There’s no sense in moving a box of stuff into your new place that you’ll turn around and toss!
Enlist Friends and Divide Duties
Once you have a moving date set, enlist friends and family to help. The move people involved, the shorter and easier the moving process will be. Especially if you have a lot of heavy furniture, having four or more total strong movers will make the process less taxing for everyone.
Decide before you begin moving who will be doing what. Strong and more able-bodied individuals should be in charge of moving large and heavy items. Less strong and less coordinated individuals should be in charge of moving smaller boxes and items. Those people can also stay behind and clean the old apartment as items are moved. It’ll save you time since you won’t have to go back and clean the apartment later.
Move Heavy Items First
You’re bound to become worn out at some point in the moving process—best to get worn out after all of the heavy things are moved. Wait to move light weight boxes and items into the new apartment last. The furniture will be the most time consuming part of the move. Get it done first and the rest of the move will be cake.
If you’re moving up and down several flights of stairs, use the elevator whenever possible (if one is available). Try to save trips up and down the stairs by carrying as much as you safely can each time. If an elevator is present and it’s too small to fit your furniture, use it to lift all boxes and small items. Don’t waste your energy carrying items up the stairs that could easily be moved via the elevator.
Enter your moving day properly packed and armed with a strategy and time management won’t be a problem.
Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.