You’ve got a big move coming up and you may be saying to yourself, “Where do I start? There’s so much to do…how do I get organized?”

Not to worry, below are some effective moving tips to make your move a little easier.

1. Start Early

We usually have a lot more to pack than we realize. To ensure you have everything ready for moving day, we suggest you start packing at least a month in advance. Don’t leave it for moving day or you may find yourself scrambling.

2. Get Organized

Organization is the key to a smooth move. Use a thick black marker to clearly label all of your boxes on two sides. Always stack heavy boxes on the bottom and light boxes on top to avoid anything fragile from being crushed. It is a good idea to create a few “open first” boxes filled with items you will need immediately such as toilet paper, cleaning products, utensils, pet food, towels and aspirin (for that headache).

3. Keep Boxes Light

Try not to pack any boxes that weigh over 30 pounds. Heavier boxes are harder to lift, can lead to injury and are much more likely to break open or be dropped when you are moving them. If you aren’t sure how much a box weighs, use your bathroom scale and check each box as you go.

4. Electronics can be tricky

Setting up your electronics again can be a frustrating task. Chances are that you no longer have your manuals from your complicated theatre system. It’s a good idea to take a few quick pictures of your cords and jot down some notes so you know what goes where to properly set up your electronics in your new home. You can even print out the picture and put it on the box you pack your electronics in for one less hassle.

5. Change of Address

It is important to contact the Post Office and have them forward your mail and update your address to avoid any interruption in mail service. You will also want to update your address with your bank, your insurance providers (home, car, life, etc.) and any other institution you need to stay in contact with.

6. Leave contact info on moving day.

Be sure to leave your contact information at your former residence, even if it is just a note on the kitchen countertop. This is so the new residents can reach you easily if mail arrives for you or you accidentally leave something behind.