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Moving Tips to Prepare for the Big Day

The big day is fast-approaching: your big move to Chicago. No worries, we’re going to go over a few tips to keep you from scrambling like eggs in a hot skillet!

Set a Schedule- It’s important to have a plan. Set tasks for certain days in preparation for the move. From rounding-up packing materials and supplies to the day the movers should be finished moving everything into your new place, you’re going to want to keep a schedule, so you don’t have to worry about asking “what’s next,” or forgetting about and skipping important steps in the process.

Get Rid of Stuff! It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but the more stuff you part with, the easier and cheaper the moving process will be. Of course, you don’t want to rid yourself of things that are useful to you on a regular basis, but the stuff you don’t need or don’t really pay much attention to? That should probably go.

Organize (Part 1). Clear away trash and get rid of any of your unwanted belongings. Then, go room-by-room, organizing your items by category (ex. bedding, clothes, books, electronics, flatware, etc.), make everything pretty simple for the next tip.

Inventory. Consider this a wise tip that goes in tandem with the previous and following tips. With everything organized, write down a list for each room and of each unique item and the quantity of those items (i.e. MASTER BEDROOM- Bedsheets: 8, Pillows: 6, TV: 1, Nightstands: 2 | LIVING ROOM- Couch: 1, Side Tables: 3, Chairs: 3 | KITCHEN- Large Plates: 4, Small Plates: 4, Forks: 8, Mixers: 1). Take inventory in whatever way is comfortable, but informative enough for you. This article may also offer some extra assistance for creating an inventory.

Organize (Part 2). When you’ve got your inventory list finished, start packing up! Pack by category and by room, or whichever way is most convenient and comfortable for you. Do not forget to mark your boxes! This way, you’ll know what box contains what items and where they go. Organization is key to an efficient and successful move.

Make Measurements. Eye-balling the sizes of items is not always the best route to go. As a matter of fact, not having proper and accurate measurements can be the difference between wisely spending money, and needlessly wasting extra money, or from a stress-free move and one with a boatload of hassle. Taking the measurements and writing them down ensures that you know exactly what you’re getting into and your plans will go along without a hitch; one mistake can hold back progress, causing a great deal of stress—especially on a tight moving schedule!

Take Care of Your Kids and/or Pets. Set-up daycare plans, have friends or family watch over them for the time you’re working on the move for the day. As much as it pains us to admit, our kids and pets can get in the way and hold back progress, which can cost us much more money and cause unwanted stress! Make sure they’re in good hands, don’t give yourself anything else to worry about.

Get Help. It’s probably best to hire a professional moving company in Chicago for your move to or from the city, and there’s good reason for that! Though it will cost some money, the expense will actually save you money, time, and hassle in the long-run. A professional mover like All My Sons Moving & Storage of Chicago is licensed, insured, backed by the Better Business Bureau, and can assure you great quality service. We’ve got the equipment, the expert hands, and the time—it’s what we do for a living!

On top of that, with a mover, you won’t have to worry about risking injury to yourself, family, or friends, accidental damage to your belongings that won’t be covered by insurance, and you can use your time to enjoy yourself as well as the company of family friends.


The big day’s coming up, and, with this list of tips, moving to Chicago will be a piece of cake! When you need a hand or a team to help, call the best moving company in Chicago with more than 40 years of experience: All My Sons Moving & Storage. From packing materials and supplies, to packing services, local movers, long-distance movers, and automobile movers, we have got your back!

Give us a call today at (630)-489-6874 for your free, no-obligation quote!