Without a doubt, moving can be a very stressful time. Regardless if you are moving locally or long distance, there is a large list of things that need done before the big day. Even the Huffington Post states that moving is one of the highest stressors in life. However, a lot of anxiety can be avoided if your time is well organized. In fact, relocating can actually be a positive experience for everyone when a timeline checklist is made.
Making a Checklist
There are two basic ways you can make a checklist; with a pen and paper or using a computer software program such as Excel or other applications. If you have a personal computer (PC) that needs to be packed, then it’s best to use the pen and paper approach. Otherwise, you will have to wait to pack your PC until the day of the move. Either way, the objective is to make a list so you can be organized for a stress-free move.
Two Months before the Move
It is best to start a checklist as soon as possible. The quicker you start packing, the easier the move. Last minute packing can be disastrous and should be avoided at all cost. Starting two or months ahead of the move will greatly lighten your load of stress and feeling overwhelmed. A few things you can do ahead of time include:
- Begin looking for a moving company that is affordable and reliable. Make sure to call their references and check reviews.
- Establish a budget for your moving costs so you can keep an eye on your expenses. Prior to making a financial plan, request an estimate from your mover.
- Decide what to do with unwanted items e.g. donate, have a yard sale, etc.
One Month before the Move
Most entrepreneurs agree that in order to reach a goal you need to stay focused. According to Forbes, many people do not achieve their goals because they get distracted or they procrastinate. The same “rule” applies to staying organized for a move. The more you procrastinate, the fewer things will get done. Forbes also states that it is best to prioritize in order to achieve your goals. So you do not feel overwhelmed, it is recommended that you break everything down into steps. When one thing is done, move on to the next.
- Set your moving date. Make sure to book the date with your mover.
- Start gathering packing materials and boxes if your moving service is not helping with this.
- Vow to pack at least a box every day. Start with one room and then move to the next. Leave the easiest rooms for last.
- Label your boxes so that unpacking is easier and you are able to find items you need.
- If you have children, contact their current and future school. Make sure to get your children’s school records.
- Cancel subscriptions to clubs and organizations that you belong to.
- Return books and DVDs you have borrowed from the library (or friends).
- Start looking for a new health care provider in your home town. Try to get references from you current family physician.
- Contact your veterinarian for references in the town where you are moving. It is also a good idea to have a quick check up before the move.
- Fill out a forwarding address card with the post office. You can also go online to make changes.
- Contact all important businesses of your new address like the bank, utility offices, phone, etc.
- Pay a visit to your current family physician, obtain your and your family’s medical records and, ask them if they can recommend a colleague of theirs in your new city.
- Pack a survival kit with essentials for the first two days in your new home. For example: basic hand tools, utensils, important medication, a towel, clothes, etc.
A Week before the Move
Now is the time to makes sure that all is in order. Don’t forget to have your car serviced. Most everything should be packed. Consider hiring someone to help you pack if you have fallen behind. Start cleaning your “soon to be” old house so you are not cleaning the day of your move. Save the last day before the move for rest and a good night’s sleep.