Moving home is a stressful time and there’s no mistake. A little bit like Christmas the actual “date” arrives much faster than anticipated – if only you had another day, another couple of days or another week even . . . everything would be much better prepared.
That’s why it’s important to follow a checklist – just to make sure that you haven’t forgotten any important little detail. Whether you are a “list person” or not it really doesn’t matter . . . in this situation a moving checklist can make a whole heap of difference?
Here are a few ideas to start you off – no doubt you’ll need to add a few things to it and some of the things may not apply to you but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere.
• Sort and de-clutter – one of the first things to do is to go through all of the rooms in your house and throw out the stuff you don’t want or need. We all have items which we keep for that “just in case” moment but in reality if you haven’t used something for a year or more the chances are you won’t ever need to use it again. This is a great time to have a clear out – you can sell unwanted items at a yard sale to make a little extra cash towards the move, recycle stuff, give it to a charity, anything so long as you won’t have to pack, move and unpack tons of things which you will never actually use.
• Think about the move itself – how are you going to do it? Are you going to employ a moving company to do the packing, loading, shifting and unloading or are you going to do it yourself. There are plenty of moving trucks for rent if you have the energy and the manpower to do the job yourself which could help you to save a few bucks. Check out the options at http://www.avonrents.com for starters and see what they can do for you.
• If you are going to organize the move yourself don’t forget that you’ll need a good supply of boxes and packing cartons plus tape, bubble wrap, marker pens etc.
• In the kitchen – use it or lose it. It’s time to start eating the contents of your refrigerator and freezer before the move. Anything perishable is very likely to perish in the move, even if you aren’t actually moving that far.
• Around a month before the moving date you can start to pack – the things you definitely won’t need should be dealt with first leaving the things which you use on a daily basis until the very last minute. Don’t forget to pack things securely and mark the boxes with what’s inside – particularly the essentials which you will need to get hold of immediately. You should also mark which room in the house each particular box needs to go to.
• Notify everybody about your change of address. There are a surprising number of people and organizations who will need to know – doctors, schools, insurance companies, postal services, credit card companies, banks, utility companies, employers, friends and family. Fill in a “change of address” form at the post office, it’s also a good idea to ask your neighbor to keep an eye out for stray mail in the weeks that follow – something usually manages to slip through the net.
And that’s about it. Make sure that you have as many volunteers as possible for the day of the move with a good supply of coffee and plenty of sandwiches to keep them happy and refreshed.