Feeling stressed about moving? Anxiety over the moving process can quickly zap the excitement out of relocating to a new home. As moving day looms closer, it is easy to be plagued by a growing catalog of worries and tasks. While there is no strategy to making a move as pleasurable as a trip to Maui, careful planning and organization can greatly reduce the stress of an impending move and actually make it bearable.
Not sure how to start? Here’s a handy checklist to help you get moving!
Six Weeks Before
- Sort through belongings (closets, garage, kitchen, etc.) and decide what to keep and what to toss. Consider donating items in good condition to charity.
- Obtain packing supplies such as bubble wrap, tape, boxes, and paper (for cushioning). Liquor marts and grocery stores can be great sources for free boxes.
- Research moving companies and/or truck rentals.
- Start a file for moving expenses. Some might be tax deductible.
Four Weeks Before
- Choose and confirm movers. If you’re going with professional movers, make sure you receive written confirmation of the details agreed upon. And, if you’ve decided to do all the work yourself, go ahead and reserve the rental truck best suited for your needs.
- Start packing items that aren’t used on a daily basis. It’s best to begin with breakables as they require more care and concentration. Don’t forget to label each box on all sides!
- Submit change of address form to post office. Also notify utility companies, banks, doctors, employer, magazines, etc. of your new address.
- Request time off from employer for moving day.
- If you’re moving out of town, forward school records and medical records. And have prescriptions transferred to a new pharmacy.
Two Weeks Before
- Arrange to have utilities disconnected at current address and connected at new address.
- Contact moving/truck rental company and again confirm arrangements.
- Try to use up food in the pantry and freezer. The less of that you have to pack, the better.
- Keep packing! Your fragile items should already be boxed and stored in a safe spot. And now you should be about halfway done with your unbreakable belongings.
One Week Before
- Start cleaning your current place. It should be easier now, with most of your possessions in boxes. If you’re pressed for time, consider hiring a cleaning service to take care of it.
- Finish up general packing.
- Pack suitcases with enough clothes and toiletries for the next few days.
- Make sure packed boxes are organized and labeled.
- Box up especially important documents and put with other belongings that are traveling in vehicle with you.
- Keep your eyes on the prize! Remember how amazing your new home is and that you’ll be living there in no time!
A Few Days Before
- Defrost freezer at least 24 hours before you move out.
- Label keys that are to be given to the next occupant.
- If using professional movers, remember to have cash on hand to tip them.
- Purchase bottled water and healthy snacks for moving day.
- Most of the work is done! Try to relax and get plenty of rest!
One Day Before
- If handling the move yourself, you might consider picking up the truck rental and packing it now. Even if you don’t have time to pack it, getting the truck pick-up out of the way can save a bunch of precious time on moving day.
- When movers arrive, articulate any special instructions and verify the details on your estimate. Before movers leave, make sure you are given a copy of the inventory list.
- If you are the mover, have a strategy on how to pack the truck before loading it. And remember to position heavier items toward the front.
You did it! Congrats! Welcome home to Partridge Hill!