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Moving Organization

September 24, 2012 Sarah Coggins

This is it. The week of closings and moving. Here are the moving organization tips that are helping us prepare …

Basket of Moving Supplies

I found this idea at A Bowl Full of Lemons and it’s been so helpful! I used a small plastic crate we already owned from the Dollar Tree. In it, I placed a plastic cup to corral markers, pens and scissors; printed box labels (see next item); and assorted tapes (packing & painters). It’s easy to move around the house, easy to spot in it’s bright green color and keeps all our packing supplies at hand as we fill those boxes.

Moving: Packing Supplies
Box Labels

These are a free printable from The Nest Effect. I simply bought Avery labels and printed them out. Then made notes of contents and smacked the label on the box. Simple as that.

Moving Checklist

Good reminder list of all the little things to do before a move here.


I realized last year that I still had a small amount of neon 8.5×11 paper from college. This has been perfect for keeping track of donations. I use a sheet each time I prepare a box or bag for donating. At the top I note the store name and date of donation. I then list each item noting quality when necessary to help me when tax time comes around. After making the donation, I staple the receipt to the sheet so I have it ready. Each year I choose a different neon color (currently using green) – it makes the sheets very easy to spot amongst our other paperwork. We have quite the stack of these sheets this year as I have been donating a lot of items I don’t feel are necessary any longer and I don’t want to move!

Moving: Donation Sheets

Moving Binder

I saw this idea in numerous blog posts. It has been vital to keeping us organized. I actually found an empty binder and dividers when packing up items to put into storage. Inside I have sections for our schedule (calendar with notations of all appointments related to the move); inspection and repair notes for both houses; loan documents; utility information; reference sheet of important contacts.

Plastic Zipper Bags

Ok, so this is the least “green” part of our move, but oh so helpful. I’m using bags in a range of sizes (snack, sandwich, quart, gallon) to contain various items such as hardware for shelving we’re taking with us.

Plastic Reusable Food Containers

You have to pack them anyway so why not use a few to help contain smaller items for the move? The uses are pretty much only limited to the size of the container. One of the best ideas I came up with (in my own humble opinion, of course) was to put kitchen utensils and gadgets in them. They were all headed to the same room and it kept these items clean during the move so I had less to wash when we arrived.

Big Blue Ikea Bag

Hands down one of my best Ikea purchases was this bag. It’s been used so many times. Currently, it’s holding a few “need immediately” items that we’ll take with us the moment we first have keys to the house. It’s easy to continue to add to, easy to spot amongst all the boxes and easy to carry.

Moving: Ikea Bag & Boxes

And with that, I’m back to packing boxes. A few more to go. The finish line is in sight.

What is your best moving organization tip?


  • Sarah Halstead September 24, 2012 at 8:28 am
    Love these!! Will definitely keep these in mind!! Hoping to start going through stuff now and start getting rid of stuff.
  • Julie S. September 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm
    Great ideas! Hope everything is going smoothly!
  • ter@waaoms September 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm
    great post. I'm going to Pin it ... just in case...
  • Mame Johnston September 25, 2012 at 6:59 am
    How bizarre that we're both moving at the same time. We completed phase 1 yesterday and look forward to having it all behind us by early November. Residence Inn is our current home away from home. Gotta love the strange noises emitted from wherever... Good luck and just's all worth it!
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