Moving is organized chaos. Packing up each room, keeping the dishes and cups together, or trying to remember where you decided to stash the kids’ toys is a lesson in the futility of life.
It used to be all you could do was get out the masking tape, make a detailed list of the contents on the side of the box with a sharpie and pray to the powers that be that everything stays together.
But those dark days are behind us now. Technology is here to save us. Here are a few fantastic apps to help you keep your stuff together without losing your mind.
Sortly is one of the best organizational apps on the market. Not only is it great for moving, it also has features that help with home organization. It’s kind of like an online filing cabinet complete with folders, tags and photos.
With each box you pack you can take pictures, list each item in the box on the app and put it in a unique category. That way, when you arrive at your new place and you see “Box 1” all you have to do is pull up the app and see all the contents virtually laid out. Sortly also lets you create a unique, printable QR label for each box.
You can download it for free, but if you want some of the extras with Sortly Premium there is a $7.99 fee.
Let the bidding wars begin! When you get to your new place it’s probably going to need some work. But the last thing you’re going to want to do is mop, paint or clean. So instead, hop on TaskRabbit and get someone else to do it. For a fee, all of your cleaning needs can be fulfilled.
All you have to do is post what job you need done, name your price or put a bid in, and once the task is claimed and completed you pay the “TaskRabbit.”
Moving Van is similar to Sortly in that it helps you keep your sanity by keeping track of what’s in each box you’re packing. The app lets you assign boxes to rooms, so that when you get to your new place, you can unpack faster. It also has a “packed vs. unpacked” feature that is incredibly useful when figuring out where you’ve put all your stuff.
Evernote is a dream come true for people who love to make lists. Among the many unique features of the app, you can use it to make a timeline for everything you need to do as you move.
And now a list of the types of lists you can make with Evernote: What needs to be packed, who needs to be contacted, a weekly breakdown of packing tasks, moving company options. Plus, you can share your lists with people and assign them tasks to complete before the move.
The best part? Evernote is actually a game changer for every other area of your life too. In an interview with Inc., app founder Phil Libin explains the app like this: “It’s your brain offloaded to a server. It’s Google for the Web of your life. It’s a spotlight on the dark matter of your universe. It’s a tool for converting your smartphone from a time killer to a time saver.”
Hyperbole or not, it’s pretty awesome.
Once you’ve relocated, it might be nice to meet some of your neighbors. Luckily, with NextDoor.com you can do all of that and more. It’s a social network that groups you with your neighbors based on your zip code. It helps neighbors report theft or crime and neighborhood safety concerns, but it also helps connect people through forums where you can find a new puppy, a babysitter or a couch.
That way once you’re fully moved in, you can sit on that couch with a cold one and finally enjoy your new, fully organized digs.