Moving can be a monumental task, but some forethought and organization leading up to moving day can help make it less stressful.
- Purge closets. Clean out drawers and cupboards. Get rid of stuff that you don’t want or need to move.
- Notify schools and medical practices that you are moving; arrange for records to be transferred if necessary.
- Cancel subscriptions; complete change of address forms; notify employers and insurance providers of new address, etc.
- Hire professional movers. Have someone experienced handle heavy or delicate items, pack them properly, and transport them safely.
- Alert utility companies to disconnect services the day after you move.
- Arrange for transportation for dogs, cats, birds, etc.
- Keep kids’ favorite items close by. Pack them in an easily accessible place. Though you may be tempted to get rid of a ratty blanket or stuffed animal, don’t do it now.
- On Moving Day, dress for comfort. Pockets are good for keeping small, valuable items safe. If your ID/wallet is in your pocket, you know where it is at all times. If you have heavy boots, wear them. Remember to leave a sweatshirt or jacket unpacked. After a long day, being cold is the last thing you want.
- When the moving truck arrives at the new house, station children in their new rooms (so they are out of the way), unless they are big enough to actually help. Tell them not to unpack anything until the furniture is in their room and they have a place to put their clothes.
- Pack an overnight bag with changes of clothing (include sleepwear and underwear), and toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant), plus towels and washcloths for cleaning up.
- Stock up on fruit, nuts, and granola bars since they require no refrigeration, no preparation, and no utensils. Don’t forget bottled water, juice, hot chocolate, tea.
- Make sure you have essential paper supplies. You do not want to be digging through boxes looking for toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues.
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