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Moving is stressful! Get Organized.

I don't care how much care we take when packing, something always manages to get lost.

Whether movers actually lose boxes or a cherished item was stuffed into an unfamiliar box at the last minute, the likelihood that something will go missing seems to be roughly 100%.

 Doesn’t have to be that way

Stop and take a step back, take a deep breath and think about your move, there’s a lot you can do to minimize loss. You will also reduce some of the stress associated with moving.

So how do you go about unlocking the mystery of totally accounted-for moving? It’s all about being organized.

Pack one room at a time

Sounds like a lot of work right? And maybe it is, but you’ll appreciate  the effort once you’re in your new place.

Put a few empty boxes and packing materials in each room of your home. Start at one point in the room and work your way around the room until everything is packed.

Check out this tip: Staple a piece of paper to the inside flap of each box. Each time you put something in the box, make a note of it on the paper. When it’s time to unpack, you’ll know exactly what’s in each box.

Mind your electronics

We have a lot of gadgets and electronics in our lives—laptops, TVs, game systems, music-streaming devices and more—there are many ways to lose the power (and other) cords that go along with them during a move.

Creative solution: Put those cords in a bag! For each item, get a zip-lock bag and load it with the corresponding cords. Then tape the bag to your TV, stereo, or ect. This way, when you set up the items on the other end of your move, you’ll know exactly where everything is.

Be the master of your domain

Make a master list of what’s in all the boxes and which room each box goes into, so you have control over what’s where and where it’ll go in your new place.

Label it, label it, label it

Clearly mark the name of the room where it’s to go in your new home—do this on the top and the sides of the box. Also, mark the box with “this end up” (arrows will help, too) or “fragile,” so proper care can be taken, reducing the likelihood your stuff will get broken.

Do You think going to all this trouble is enough to make you crazy? Probably. But we promise that once you’ve made the move and start unpacking, you’ll thank yourself for your hard work over and over and over again.