Moving can be an exhausting experience but it doesn't have to be chaotic. With adequate pre-planning, you can minimize the toll it takes on you and the upheaval caused. Here is an outline of how to schedule your move for the smoothest results possible.
First thing to do is eliminate clutter that currently resides in your home. There is no use moving items that aren't integral to your life. Having less stuff will allow for more space in which to work. If you have the energy, this would be a good time to plan a yard sale. Then, take your earnings and pick up packing materials such as boxes, tape and colored markers or stickers for coding. If planning to utilize a moving company, this is the ideal time to research and check out referrals.
Call all health practitioners and request copies of medical records. If you have a doctor already set in your new location, you can give the address and have a copy sent there as well. If your children are in school, notify the administration and request copies of school records.
If renting, give your landlord a minimum of 30 days’ notice and verify when to expect your security deposit. Contact utilities companies and give the date you will cease using their services. Drop by the local post office or go to their website to submit a change of address form and also let your bank and credit card companies know of your address change. Call insurance companies with whom you carry policies to let them know changes are being made.
At this point, begin packing non-essential items. Color code or label boxes so they can be taken to appropriate rooms when unpacked. Is your fridge or freezer full? Eat what you have or find a new home for perishables you'd rather not transfer.
Anything you can do without for the next two weeks should be packed now. Keep valuable items such as jewelry or sentimental pieces separate so they can travel with you. Dispose of items needing special attention such as paint or chemicals.
The Final Week
Confirm with movers that they have the proper time and date. If you are staying overnight during your move, pack your bag and label it so it does not get packed with other items. Any important documents should be kept close by and also ready to personally be moved by you. Make sure the fridge and the freezer have been wiped down, emptied, and defrosted.
Explain to the movers your coding system and let them know which items are especially fragile. Before leaving, walk slowly through each room to ensure there were no oversights and nothing is left behind.
Moving does not have to be filled with angst and disorder. Schedule out your game plan prior to the big day and you will see a much smoother transition to your new home.