The following is a post from Jenna Smith. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.
I’ve always been partial to the “80/20 rule,” which has many different connotations but the big one is that 80% of your return comes from 20% of your effort. In the simplest of terms, it’s doing the one or two major actions that lead to the major wins.
Abiding by the rule, in terms of moving, puts you in a mindset so you’re not scrambling to throw things in boxes, trying to find help, and rushing out the door at the last minute. The rule gives you the ability to look at the challenge and break it down into logical steps so that it’s extremely efficient.
In this article, we’re going after three major themes when moving:
Let’s Start with Packing
Packing is generally the most stressful of all the moving because you are literally up-rooting your belongings, throwing them in a truck, and hauling them to a new, exciting location. When you’ve made the decision to move, you suddenly realize that you have a lot of stuff.
From my experience, I would have to say these are the best tips for packing:
· Organize each room prior to getting the boxes ready so that when you do go to get everything together you can simply keep a set of boxes per room.
· Skip the boxes from the liquor store (that people recommend all too often) because they are generally small; use quality boxes you can get from places like thrift stores or bulk shipping suppliers and then cut handles into the sides to make carrying them way easier on the back.
· Use every inch of space you can before loading it in the box by combining items such as shoving socks into extra pairs of shoes or wrapping glass with shirts (you get the idea).
· Be aware of transporting hazardous materials, which may become lose and cause damage to your items during the transit.
· Liberally use extra sheets & blankets, along with plastic wrap, to protect your furniture and sensitive belongings.
In terms of the 80/20 rule, what we see here is that by placing 20% of your time into organizing your items prior to packing, 80% of the actual boxing and moving them to the truck becomes an ease.
While waiting for the big moving day, it would be wise to spend that time to make sure everything will go according to plan before, during, and after the arrival.
Some of those “in-between” activities include:
· Doing a thorough clean-up of the place you are leaving to ensure you get back your security deposit (or at least avoid being charged for fixes).
· Set up appointment for utilities in advanced so that they arrive shortly after you get there rather than spending a few days without electricity, water, or Internet.
· Make sure your references or associations are in order and leverage those contacts to see if you can score better deals on moving services, avoiding down payments on utilities, or other important services you may need before & after the move.
· Hire a maid or handy-man service to visit your new destination to clean the place or repair any issues with the mechanical items like the washer, dryer, dish washer, and others.
Our 80/20 rule comes back into play here because the 20% of that down-time you have while waiting to move can handle 80% of the nuances before you get to the new place.
The Big Move
Today is the day that things are going in the truck and you’re saying your goodbye’s to the old place.
A few things to keep in mind to make it easy, cut costs, and keep it hassle-free:
· Consider using a professional moving service, which will handle the truck, aid the transition thanks to helpers, and give you peace-of-mind because they are insured. Take a look at a moving service provider like United Van Lines and get estimates on how much your move will cost along with some additional tips from the site.
· Take inventory of everything that is going into the truck and make sure that it stays organized the way you had set, so that when you do arrive the boxes can go into their respective rooms.
· The earlier the better–plan the move for the crack of dawn so that you have additional time to stop for breaks, call utility companies, and have enough time to set up a few basic items (like the bed) before it gets too late at night.
With the 80/20 you are spending about 20% of your budget to go toward professionals that will handle 80% of the heavy lifting and transportation which creates real efficiency.
What are some of your ways to create efficiency in the moving process?