Creating a smart relocation plan that covers all details of your move is crucial if you want it to be stress-free and successful. Because of this, you have to utilise your brainpower and work diligently to organise your relocation in the best way possible.
You also have to stay organised throughout the entire moving process if you want everything to go according to plan.
Keeping everything organised when moving abroad, though, is easier said than done. With numerous things to do, it can be hard to manage all tasks, and stick to your schedule.
Staying Organised When Relocating Abroad
Knowing when and where to get help with your move can make staying organised throughout the entire process easier.
Working with a provider of international relocation services that can lend you a hand during your move can help you implement your plan.
With their services and assistance, you can reduce the possibility of experiencing a disorganised and chaotic move from start to end.
Aside from enlisting the assistance of all-round relocation specialists, you can stay organised throughout your international move with these easy tips:
1. Use an app.
Apps have been helping countless people stay organised every day. Whether it’s doing your daily household chores or tasks and projects at the office, you can use a tool to complete all of those within a given timeframe.
The right app can also help you stay organised and make your upcoming international move smoother and easier. You’ll also avoid a lot of problems and headaches when you use a mobile tool for planning and executing your relocation.
Some apps that will come in handy during your move are:
- Sortly – an organising app that allows you to create a visual inventory of your belongings with photos, tags, and notes.
- Nextdoor – this app helps you find service providers that can assist with your move, connect with neighbours, and sell your household belongings.
- Packpoint – an app that helps you choose which items to pack, and how and when to pack them.
2. Make a detailed moving timeline.
A moving timetable can help you keep things under control throughout the process, particularly when you start losing focus or becoming overwhelmed.
Because of this reason, creating a detailed moving timeline is one of the first things you have to do once you know you are migrating to Canada or any other country.
Your timetable should include all tasks you have to complete before moving day. Prioritise them according to their importance and difficulty and set suitable timeframes for each.
This simple tip allows you to have a clear idea of what needs to be done for the day and help you concentrate on completing them.
3. Use checklists.
Checklists or to-do lists should go hand in hand with your timetable.
With detailed checklists, you’ll know exactly what you need to do and when to do them, enabling you to manage all the key aspects of your move in an organised and timely manner.
If you are using a moving app, check if they have a printable checklist you can use for planning your relocation. A typical to-do list details all the tasks you have to do before, during, and after your move, which you can work with using your timetable.
You can also create your own customised moving checklist to organise all of your different tasks by day or week to make the most of your preparation time.
4. Create a moving binder.
Preparing for an international move could involve various contracts, quotations, bills, receipts, and other documents.
Keep track of all these important documents and consolidate them into one easily accessible place by creating and maintaining a master moving binder.
Some of the vital items you have to storein your moving binder are your moving checklists, floor plans of your new home, contractor quotes, moving company paperwork, and utility bill payments.
5. Follow a packing strategy.
Packing your belongings is the most time-consuming part of moving. Creating a strategy enables you to stay on top of this process without getting stressed out easily and worrying if you’ve done everything correctly.
A simple packing strategy to follow is to decide which areas and closets in your home to tackle first.
Start with the rooms containing the items you won’t need in the weeks leading up to your move. These include the guest bedroom, basement, attic, library, storage closet, and playroom.
Pack the kitchen and bedrooms last since you’ll likely need to use most of the items here every day until your move.
After deciding which rooms to pack first and when to do them, think about the types and number of moving supplies you’ll need and get those ready before you start packing.
6. Use colour codes.
Although most people use clear packing tape and black markers to label boxes, step out of the norm and make different colours work for you.
Coloured duct tapes are easier to see from a distance. Moreover, using them takes less time than writing out a specific room on several boxes a dozen times.
Colour coding your boxes is easy; simply select a specific shade for each room, record it, and follow it as you pack.
Make sure your movers know which colours go where so you don’t end up unpacking your cleaning supplies in your bedroom.
7. Make a list of everything you pack in a box.
As you pack your boxes, make a list of what you put inside each one of them.
Doing so can make it easier for you to keep track of what you have packed and what you haven’t. It will also help you locate your items faster after the move.
To make this strategy work for you, number each box. Write down the items you put inside it on paper, making sure you put the number on top of the document.
Ensure you print out these lists and put them in your binder. Another option is to tape a detailed list on top of each corresponding box.
Staying organised and focused as you prepare for your international move will help you stick to your plans and experience a smooth, successful relocation.
As such, put your organisational skills to work when planning a move abroad.
Sushma Salian is the Business Head, Asset Mobility of Writer Relocations, India’s premier mobility services company that handles all types of moves: International & Domestic Relocations, Office Relocations, Commercial Move Management Services, Hospitality Logistics, Fine Arts Logistics, Orientation Services, and Storage Solutions. Headquartered in Mumbai, Writer Relocations has presence in 7 countries and operates in more than 190 countries.