Follow these 8 steps and you’ll feel much more relaxed–and able to enjoy the process of moving into your new home!
1. Create a moving file. As soon as you even start thinking about moving, create a moving file on your computer or in a binder. Gather all related papers in one place, such as:
• Notes on potential moving companies
• Random lists
• A calendar and a timeline for doing things
• Your master packing list
• Contact information for utilities, Realtors, veterinarian etc.
2. Centralize your operation. Designate one spot as packing central, where you will keep boxes, packing materials, scissors, tape, markers, labels and a box cutter
3. Purge before packing. Avoid the temptation to dump an entire drawer of stuff into a box. This is the perfect time to declutter, purge, sift, sort, thin out. Remember, you pay movers based on the amount of stuff you have, and the more you move, the more you’ll have to unpack later.
4. Keep a master packing list. Number each box as you pack it and write the number visibly on all four sides. Don’t list the contents on the box. Instead, keep a master packing list in your moving file. List the contents of each numbered box; be specific, so you’ll waste less time searching for things later. Use masking tape and a marker to tag electronics cables for easy setup.
5. Secure your valuables. Pack your jewelry and legal documents yourself in an unmarked (or misleadingly marked) box and carry it with you personally.
6. Plan for moving day. Put together a moving-day box with essentials that you will keep in your car. Moving is kind of like camping, so pack accordingly. Include:
• Your moving file
• Supplies from packing central
• Toilet paper, soap, toiletries, medications, chargers and batteries for electronics (invest in chargers that plug into your car’s lighter), paper towels, bath towels and bedsheets, so you can settle in quickly
• Basic cleaning supplies
• A small tool kit
• Healthy snacks, paper plates, cups, utensils and a coffeemaker
• Pet food, bowls, leash, pet bed
• First aid kit
7. Involve the kids. Get kids involved by helping them pack their own travel bag with toiletries, pajamas and a few days’ worth of clothes. If your child has a favorite, comforting toy, bring it with you rather than packing it out of sight and out of reach.
8. Care for pets. Moving is hectic with pets, especially if there will be several pit stops along the way. And moving day will be chaotic, with lots of open doors. Before moving day have ID tags made for your pets with your new address and be sure they wear their collar and new tags every moment of the move