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Tips to Get You Settled Quickly into Your New Home

Moving can be stressful. The coordinating, packing, cleaning, and organizing can be overwhelming. In your mind, you are probably counting the hours and minutes until you can arrive at your destination and start sorting things out. Thankfully, once you and your belongings have arrived at your new home, there is usually a sense of relief. 

As professional movers, we understand the stress that comes with this upheaval in your life. We also know that there are things that you can do to make the move easier, including the process of getting settled into your new place. Here are a few of our tips to help you adjust and establish your home quickly and with as little stress as possible.

check listAn Essentials Box 

Before the movers come to pack and transport all of your belongings, be sure to make your life infinitely easier upon arrival by packing a few boxes that will be marked “essential items.” These boxes should be placed last in the moving van or may even go separately in an owner’s car. 

An essentials box or boxes should contain personal items that you may need for the first day/night of staying in your new home. This could include: prescription medicines, bathroom necessities, personal items, a change of clothes, and comfort items for your children.

Cleaning Items 

One of the first things that you will want to do once you get into your new digs will be to clean everything from top to bottom including floors, cabinets, bathrooms, and possibly even the walls/ceilings. Start with a clean slate before unpacking anything. Make sure you have a box filled with all the cleaning products you want to use. This will save you a trip to the store upon arriving and can be a great hint to friends and relatives who are helping that you have a list of things to do before you unpack! 

tape measureReview Measurements 

One of the things home buyers do when they are house hunting is envision their furnishings in the new place. Once you have signed on the dotted line, ask the previous owners or the real estate agent to get you accurate measurements of each room and windows, so you can better explain to the movers where furnishings should be placed. This could save you a lot of hassle trying to decide which direction and location your bed or couch will face when you are in mid move. Measurements can also help you determine if you have the right window coverings, rugs, and furniture to fit in the rooms properly. 

Create a Priority List 

Once you get into your home, you will have a million things on your mind to get accomplished. Create a priority list that can help you focus and give movers or family members direction in their tasks. 

Of particular importance if you have children, is setting up a place for them to sleep and an area that makes them feel at home. If you can’t unpack their room right away, make sure they have a place to lay their head on the first night and some of their comfort items to play with. 

Also of importance will be having a bathroom that is all unpacked. After a long day of unpacking, you will want to unwind, shower, and relax. Having your bathroom box handy is critical to making that first night less overwhelming. 

Organize Your Paperwork 

Over the course of the first week or two, you will most likely be dealing with handling the transfer of utilities, installation of cable, and other items. Keep track of all the paperwork that goes with this part of the move so you can easily access it later when you have questions. 

Packing didn’t happen overnight in your old place, so don’t expect that the unpacking process will happen fast now. Realize that you can not get it all done right away and give yourself time to make the adjustment. You will get all the boxes unpacked eventually. 

Check out our blog for more ideas to make your move go smoothly. If you have questions and comments contact Mastodon Moving. We are happy to help. 


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Avoid These Moving Mistakes

Moving can be overwhelming and a full-time chore, especially if you are in charge of the cleaning, downsizing, packing, and labeling of all the items that need to find a new home. As a guideline, we recommend starting as early as possible in the process and getting as much help as possible from family and friends. Even with ample time and help, there are some common mistakes that homeowners make that can delay the move, or at least make it highly anxiety-ridden. Here are a few errors we have seen over the years to be aware of in the hope that you can avoid making these moving mistakes yourself. 

Not Downsizing Enough 

A move is a great time to weed out all those items that are not needed or possibly duplicated in your home. Thin out your clothing, books, toys, kitchenware, office supplies, and seasonal storage items. The more downsizing you do, the easier the entire process will be. Donate, recycle, or trash the items that are broken, gently used, or not needed anymore. This not only can save you from extra boxes to pack, but also extra junk to unpack in the new home. It may also shave some time off the moving process. 

label boxesNot Labelling Boxes 

It may seem like a simple task of labelling what is in each box that you pack, but so many homeowners skip this step. In addition to putting a tag on each box stating which room it should be delivered to, we suggest adding a short inventory list such as: dishes, utensils, or bowls, to remind you what is in each box upon arrival. This will save you some serious time and hassle when you are looking for something you need. 


You may be thinking, “I can’t pack this yet, because we may still need it.” Our advice – pack it! You can always leave the box open in case you need to access items, but start getting all those keepsakes stashed away. It takes much longer to put your items in boxes and label them than you would imagine. We suggest setting a schedule of what rooms will be completely packed and by when. Do a little each day by starting early and assigning family members to each room and area of your home. 

organize receipts Not Organizing Receipts and Contacts 

When it comes down to it, moving is a crash course in organization. Keep all of your receipts in a folder or binder along with contacts that you will need to transfer utilities, school records, and medical data. Not organizing can mean countless hours searching for the estimates you have obtained for moving companies, contacts for cancelling cable, and other odds-and-ends. 

Avoid these four moving mistakes by starting early, enlisting the help of friends, and staying organized. Check out our blog for the ultimate moving guide and other helpful articles to keep your move on track and on time. Questions and comments contact Mastodon Moving. We are happy to help.

How to Organize Your Move

Does the mere thought of getting ready for a move give you hives? It doesn’t have to. With the right technology, organizational techniques, and a positive attitude, a move, whether it is across town or across the country, does not need to be excruciatingly painful. Here are a few of our tips on how to organize your move, since we have been doing this for many years and have seen it all! 

Juggling all the components to a move can seem daunting. We get it. But we suggest taking a day or two to get organized before you even buy a packing box, or think about hiring a moving company. 


Get Organized 

Start a moving binder. This could be in the form of a file on your computer or a physical binder that can hold all of your important paperwork and receipts. Things that you will want to start keeping track of include: a schedule to transfer utilities and contact numbers for your cable, electric, water, sewer, gas, and so on. You will also want to gather school information if you have children switching districts. In addition, you will want to keep track of a moving checklist, phone numbers, and references for moving companies, a packing list, information for a new state driver’s license, a new dog license, and a list of things to do. (Whew, don’t get overwhelmed!) 

Keep the binder nearby so when an idea or a task comes to mind you can easily access the moving information instead of having all the pieces floating around in your head. 

Utilize Technology 

At a time when you need to organize so many facets of your life, harnessing the power of technology will really make a difference. If you are house-hunting, keep Zillow on your phone to be alerted to new homes in the area where you hope to settle. 

When it comes time to sell or donate some of the items from your home that will not be making the move, consider Facebook Marketplace or LetGo – they’re also great for finding items for your new house! 

Avoid the stress of packing and knowing what is in each box with the Sortly app. With Sortly, you can categorize items by room and keep track of it all with a moving checklist. You can even create labels to place on boxes that can be scanned with the app. Organization is key to a successful move, and Sortly makes staying organized a piece of cake.


Color Code and Inventory 

Nothing is worse than getting to your new home and not know where everything is! In what box did you pack the toilet paper? Where is your child’s special blanket? Where are the cleaning supplies? We suggest getting really organized and not only labeling each box but also color-coding them so a misplaced box can be spotted easily. Create a key with colored tape that signifies blue for one room, red for another, and so on. If you want to be super organized keep a short inventory list or description on each box so when you arrive at your new location, finding what you need will be much less stressful. That Sortly app can help here as well. 

Sort, Purge, and Downsize 

When you have finally started the process of packing, you will probably find that you have “too much stuff.” This is a fairly common problem, especially if you have been in a house for a while. We suggest that you sort your items into like piles such as books, keepsakes, pictures, picture frames, or categories specific to your home’s belongings. Once the items have been sorted, you may find that you want to purge or downsize some of your collections. Perhaps you found that your wardrobe could be whittled down, or that you want to donate some of the books you have already read a few times. Moving is a great time to sort your items into a recycle, trash, or sell pile. Doing so can actually cut back on the amount of stuff you need to move and unpack later. 

Our final tip on getting and staying organized is to enlist friends, relatives, and anyone who is willing to help you get it all done. Remember that “many hands make light work.” If you need a professional mover to help you along the way, whether it is for storage, packing/unpacking and, of course, moving, then call Mastodon Moving at 774-421-9004 or contact us through our website