Staying Organized While Moving
Hey there creative friends! Welcome back to the Simple Stories blog. Leah here with you today showing
you a glimpse into how I’m using my traveler’s notebook to help keep my brain organized during the
chaos of moving house. What I love about using a traveler’s notebook (a.k.a. a TN) during busy times like
this is how portable and customizable it is. When running around the house packing, or out running
errands, I can easily carry it with me and open it up to jot down a quick reminder or list before I forget.
I used the Good Vibes collection to decorate the projects in my TN that I’m about to share with you. The
vibrant colors and sentiments to remind me to keep up the good vibes are exactly what I need to see
throughout these next few weeks until the move is over.
I’m currently only using three inserts in this TN. I want to keep the bare minimum of what I need in here
so I don’t get overwhelmed and can easily find where I need to go when I open up a notebook. I’ve got a
monthly calendar insert where I have several lists and reminders listed on the monthly intro page. For
example, I made a list of accounts I need to change addresses for, and then because I am a list addict, I
made a list of lists I need to make before the move. I can’t help myself! There’s so much to do and keep
track of during a move.
Also in this monthly insert, I decorated the July monthly spread with lots (and I do mean lots) of stickers.
I actually challenged myself to see just how many stickers I could use up from the Good Vibes pack of
4x6 sticker sheets. You know how it is when you need a good dose of creative fun to procrastinate the
heck out of what you’re supposed to be doing. Well sticker explosion happened this time (#noregrets).
Having a monthly view in my planner right now is crucial because it lets me visually see exactly how
much time I have before the move and plan out how I’m going to fit everything I need to get done into
that time frame. I also have a daily insert in this TN that I can use to expand on each day’s tasks into
more detail. For example, if I write “pack bedroom” on the monthly spread, then on the daily planning
page, I can write out a more detailed list of the areas within the room that need to be tackled.
Most importantly (to me), I designated an entire insert in this TN to my plethora of moving-related lists.
I know for a fact I will use up this notebook during this move. I’m listing out everything I can to get as
much info out of my head as possible so I’m less stressed. I’ve got an expanded list of all the accounts
and places I need to change our address for, things I need to buy for the new house as soon as possible,
things I want to buy for the house eventually, things I’ve seen while online shopping that I can’t afford
but want to remember to pin to my “Dream Home” Pinterest board…a list of zones within the house
that need to be packed, a list of general to-dos. You get the drift. Lots of lists, and some notes too. I
wrote my new address down in here and a few other important details that I need to reference often.
Also to help me keep important documents organized during the move, I’m using this clear document
storage pouch (I think I purchased from Amazon a long time ago). I’m stashing documents in here that
don’t fit or have a place in my TN, such as forms that need to be filled out and mailed, my lease
agreement, printed confirmation and/or account details, a move-out cleaning checklist for our current
apartment, and a few other miscellaneous files. The pouch is clear so I dressed it up to coordinate with
my TN, but also so that none of my private information is visible. I cut down a couple of my favorite
12x12 papers from the Good Vibes collection and used a non-permanent, double-sided adhesive tape to
secure them to the inside of the front and back of the pouch.
For the most part right now, I am exclusively using this TN and document keeper to keep me organized
and sane throughout my upcoming move. Moving can certainly be stressful, but it really does help to
keep your thoughts and important moving-related information organized and in one place. I also tried a
new thing called “starting early” so I don’t have to worry about getting everything done at the last
minute. This is very unfamiliar territory for me, but I’m going to embrace it and thank my pretty planner
for helping me get stuff done. I’ll report back about how I survived on my Instagram in a couple of
Until next time creative souls, happy crafting (and list-making)!