Create a Moving Day Checklist That Works

Developing a detailed moving checklist well in advance of moving day is critical for a successful transition into your new home. The process of packing up your belongings and relocating your family to a new address will be different for everyone, which dictates a moving checklist designed specifically to your needs. But by considering the top five moving tips below, you can begin to create a moving list that works for you.

Even if you’re moving into your dream home, the arrival of moving day can seem intimidating. That’s why it’s essential to break this overwhelming project into a series of manageable tasks by developing a moving day checklist. This detailed plan of tips for moving will save time and maximize efficiencies for the whole family. Some of the major decisions for moving day include whether or not to rent a moving truck, hire movers, or ask your friends and family to help, but others are universal. Those topics and tips are listed below to help get you prepared for your next move.

Developing a Moving Checklist

No. 1: Donate and Store Before Moving Day
When you begin going through your closets and packing up items throughout your house, be honest with yourself—are you really wear that jacket again? If you have clothes in good condition that you no longer wear, donate those items instead of transporting them to your new home. Also, make sure to designate boxes of seasonal items that would be better off going into a self-storage unit. STORExpress has multiple Pittsburgh storage locations that can help maximize space in your new home and also provide moving supplies for the big day.

No. 2: Label Boxes by Contents and Room
When you’re packing for moving day, it’s important to label all boxes with their contents as well as the rooms where they belong in your new home. This is one of the most important moving day tips to cross off your moving checklist as early on in the process as possible. Labeling boxes will help you avoid breaking fragile items when loading the truck while also maximizing efficiency during the unloading portion of the day. After packing, labeling and transporting all of your boxes to your new home, don’t just dump everything in the foyer. Place those boxes in the room in which they belong according to the labels before you begin organizing.

No. 3: Actively Use a Tracking Sheet

Once you have your boxes labeled, create an inventory tracking sheet that summarizes which room will be receiving which box. This will help make sure that everything arrived on moving day while identifying any boxes you may be potentially missing. Take inventory of your items by using the tracking sheet you developed while marking off the boxes that have been successfully delivered to each room during the unpacking phase as well. Actively using this tracking sheet throughout your move is an essential part of successful moving checklist.

No. 4: Unload Furniture First
This is a two-step process that requires some advanced planning. After you have an idea of the space available in your moving van, pack your larger furniture last so that it is easily accessible at the back of the truck. This way, you can unload these larger items first and get them set up in your new home before unloading boxes and other belongings. Place the larger furniture and appliances in their respective rooms, then put together beds and tables.

No. 5: Make Essentials Easily Accessible
Start unpacking the kitchen first after everything has been staged. Have a plan for where you want to put the items that you need every day. These should be easily within reach. The items that are not used daily can wait to be unpacked. The second room that needs to be unpacked after the kitchen is the bathroom. Set up the bathroom including hanging shower curtains, unpacking toiletries and putting toilet paper and soap into place. This way your family will have what they need to sleep and eat comfortably during your first couple days in your new home while the unpacking and organizing continues.

STORExpress offers a wide variety of moving and packing supplies and our self-storage professionals are always available to assist with your next move. We also have storage specials and discounts available to save money with your next relocation. Stop by one of our Pittsburgh area locations to learn more!