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Simplify Your Move With A Camera

Most people can take weeks, months–even years–arranging their furniture and belongings the way that they want it. One of the most daunting tasks for moving (for a lot of people) is the thought that they might not ever be able to restore the zen that was achieved at the old house. In today’s Professional Moving Tips, we’ll be sharing some tips on how you can use a camera (even a low-quality cell phone camera) to take reference photos to help you restore your sanctuary. 

Something to keep in mind is that these are photos for reference – not for the photo albums. You should focus on taking photos that you can use as a guide to setting up your new house. You most likely don’t want to include yourself or anyone else in the photos, but just the items that you are going to need help re-organizing.

Allow me to demonstrate a scenario where taking a photo or two has helped me with a move. My girlfriend collects handmade ceramic cups. Over the years, the cup collection has grown and grown, and is now approaching (or exceeding) one hundred cups. There are so many ways which the cups could be arranged (by artist, color, type of clay, style of cup, size, etc). My girlfriend spent a lot of time arranging them in a way that was aesthetically pleasing, and it made sense to her. When it came time to move, rather than try to write up a grid, take notes, number the cups, or anything else that might be extremely time consuming – we simply took a photo of the entire cupboard. When it came time to unpack, it was very easy to see exactly where everything was meant to go and to quickly organize the cups in the way that we liked.

What should you take pictures of?

• Any furniture that you dis-assemble that might be a challenge to re-assemble. Most people throw away the instruction guide once the furniture is set up. If any of your furniture needs to come apart to be moved, but might not be so easy to put back together, snap a quick photo.

• All collectibles. If you spent time arranging your books, movies, records, or anything else, make it easier on yourself. Taking a photo that clearly shows what goes where can save a lot of time when you’re unpacking.

• Electronics. This one is a must for anyone who isn’t 100% comfortable with setting up your television, stereo, computer, speakers, or any other electronics. You can make it even easier on yourself by creating simple labels with tape and paper and labeling the wires. This will make it so you can differentiate the wires in the photos that you take.

• Anything else that was a challenge to assemble or arrange. A few other ideas might be tools, any basement/attic/garage storage space that you need to access, kitchen drawers, cabinets, and more.


It is so easy to take a photo and then simply delete it from your phone, camera, computer, or wherever else you put it. If you’re unsure of whether a photo will be helpful or not, take a photo anyway. If you need it, you’ll be glad that you have it. If you don’t need it, it’ll be very easy to just delete it.

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