Moving across the country, even moving just down the street is a daunting task. As excited as I was to relocate to California from the East Coast, I dreaded the idea of packing and literally having to go through everything I owned. Where do you even begin? How do you tackle such an overwhelming job? With the help of some friends and Sortly, a remarkably useful iPhone and iPad app, here’s how I tackled it!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Make sure you have everything you need by gathering all of your supplies.
- Boxes: buy strong, durable *double corrugated* boxes (don’t be cheap!). Double corrugated boxes are durable and provide extra protection. Multiple layers of cardboard and ridges prevent your boxes from ripping or breaking easily.
- Packing tape + tape gun
- Bubble wrap
- Markers and pens
- Post-it notes
Tip: Create a designated area where all of these supplies stay until moving day. This way you will always know where these items are located. Make it a rule and communicate to others involved.
Step 2: Get Sortly
Get Sortly, download it on the App Store: www.bit.ly/getsortly.
This app is a great way to organize and categorize all your items for the big move.
Sortly easily allows you to create “sub-locations” or sub-folders.
Create your own workflow and stay consistent!
To add an item into these locations, you just snap a photo and include your own description. This way, you know exactly what it is being packed and where all your belongings are placed.
Here is the workflow I used to sort out my stuff:
I decided to tackle each room or section of my apartment at a time. It made a lot of sense to me since I have a general sense of where to go in my apartment to find what I need. For instance, if I was heading to the gym, I would go directly to the closet where my shoe rack is located to find my sneakers.
Once everything is cataloged into Sortly, you can easily search and know where each item is located when it comes time to unpack.
Tip: Tag your items with keywords to enhance the search function.
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