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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.

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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


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5 Packing Mistakes to Avoid

Packing is one of the least exciting aspects of moving into a new home. The process can be arduous and sometimes emotional. That’s why many homeowners are choosing to purchase packing and unpacking services. Think of the hours and frustration you can avoid by having a professional take care of all the details for you.

While Mastodon Movers does offer both packing and unpacking services, we still have clients who are determined to try the process on their own. We totally get it; you want to have the chance to go through your“stuff, organize it and, possibly, weed out items that are no longer needed. We are often asked if we have any advice about how to go about doing this. Here are some of our suggestions of mistakes to avoid when packing up your home for the big move.

boxes-2624231__340Packing Mistake #1 Doing it Alone

Even if your plan for packing does not include our services, we suggest not doing it on your own, if at all possible. Get family members, friends, and anyone who can lend a helping hand.  You will be amazed at how having an extra set of hands to sort or run items to the recycle bin will help. Plus, it’s way more fun when you find something you want to reminisce about!

Packing Mistake #2 Not Having a Plan

While it may seem like a good idea to dive right in and start packing those boxes, having a plan is recommended. Decide how you are going to go through items. Do you have a plan for each room? Do you know where to recycle or bring items for donation? Are you ready to color code boxes and label where they should be offloaded in your new home? What items are fragile or are there high-value items that you want to be boxed or put in crates separately? These are all good ideas to consider before you start packing.

A photograph of home items packed and ready for moving.Packing Mistake #3 Not Giving Yourself Ample Time

This mistake goes hand-in-hand with not having a plan. Be sure to give yourself enough time to get through each room. Take into account things that could slow you down like your kids’ activities, weather, and stopping to look at older items. Be realistic when figuring out your timeline and assume that everything will take a bit longer to get done than you assume.

Packing Mistake #4 Skipping the Sorting

It is tempting to just throw your items in a box and deal with it as you unpack in your new home. Not only does this waste space, but it also can take up your time once you get in your new location. Take the time now to set up an efficient system where you decide if something is worth keeping, donating, recycling, or trashing. It will save you both space in your moving van as well as time when you arrive at your new home.

Packing Mistake #5 Overfilling

If you are packing your own boxes, try to keep each box to under 50 pounds. Not only do you risk damage to your items if the box breaks, but it is unsafe for anyone to be lifting boxes that are too heavy. Avoid this mistake by using smaller boxes for heavy items and larger boxes for lighter things.

Are you packing yourself? Or do you need help getting started? Contact Mastodon Moving at 774-421-9004 today for senior moving, move management, long distance moving, and storage services.