Cut the Stress with a Moving Checklist
Moving can be an exciting life change; however, it can also be a very stressful event if you're not properly prepared.
It's important to create a detailed checklist a few months ahead of time in order to ensure things go smoothly. Here are some points to get you started:
Two Months Before
Itemize all of the major items you'll be moving. Get estimates and book the movers or rental truck. Start sucking up to friends and family for help! Have a garage sale to get rid of excess clutter.
One Month Before
Update your insurance, medical and school records to your new location. Arrange to disconnect and reconnect utilities and telephone/Internet services. Notify any other important parties of your address changes.
A Few Weeks Before
Plan meals so food in your fridge and freezer gets used up. Gather boxes and pack up items you don't regularly use. Arrange for someone to look after your pets on moving day. Return library materials and other rental items.
The Final Week
Water your plants a couple of days before you move. Pack up belongings and clearly label items that are fragile. Pack a suitcase with items you'll need to get you through the first week in your new home. Gather valuable items such as legal documents and family photos so you can transport them yourself.
Day of the Move
Double check the movers have your new address and cell phone number. Have lots of refreshments on hand for your busy helpers! Remove the light bulbs from all of your lamps. Make sure you have your new keys.
Moving causes a wide range of emotions from sadness to extreme excitement. Although moving can be stressful at times, a little bit of planning will provide you with some very valuable peace of mind. With the help of the above checklist, you can now breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy this exciting new phase of your life!