Whether moving interstate or down the street, preparing for the big day is a significant undertaking. Even if you get pressed for time, careful planning can help your move go as smoothly as possible. It is easy to overlook essential steps if you are not well-organized, but even if you are, you can make your move go as smoothly as possible.
We have compiled a list of helpful suggestions to help you prepare for the critical event. Every day spent planning will result in a more efficient process. On the big day, you’ll be surprised at how quickly everything falls into place.
1) Only bring items that you intend to use.
Why bother moving things you’re not going to use if it means spending money? Decluttering the house in your closet and generally reducing the amount of stuff you own would be a good idea.
Donations of gently used clothing, books, and other household items are always appreciated, especially given the likelihood that you will not use them in your new home that you haven’t lived in for at least a year, and it is because such contributions are always needed and appreciated. More information can be found in our previous post, “What to Keep and What to Toss.”
2) Create a plan for the relocation process.
What tasks must be completed eight, four, or two weeks before our move? Working backwards from the moving date, prioritize functions that can get finalized closer to the moving date, such as transferring records, policies, and memberships, and begin there like hiring movers.
Maintaining a running list will give you a sense of accomplishment and ensure you take all essential steps in the moving process. This link will direct you to a page where you can print a free detailed packing and moving guide.
3) Rather than storing it, keep your to-do list somewhere you can easily access it.
It is simple to make a list, but it takes more effort to use an index. Printable checklists are still helpful when moving in with roommates, partners, or families, even though electronic lists have several advantages.
Using a program like Dropbox or Google Docs, create a list which you can easily access from multiple devices, allowing you to delegate tasks more effectively.
4) You should make an effort to accomplish something every day.
Looking at your to-do list may appear overwhelming; however, if you break it up into smaller, more manageable chunks, you can make more progress.
A daily goal in the days leading up to the event should be updating your subscriptions, mail, and other things. If you move and send a letter or package to the old address by mistake, you will almost certainly throw away important mail.
Pack your belongings with care.
Moving with only what you can carry can be inconvenient, even if it is tempting to use whatever bags and boxes you have. Invest in sturdy moving boxes and pack everything inside as tightly as possible to prevent something from breaking while being transported.
Using boxes that already have rods installed makes organizing a closet much more accessible. You can avoid the chaos of unpacking many unknown packages if you take the time to clearly label the boxes with their new rooms (kitchen, bedroom, etc.).
6) Get your vehicle ready to drive.
If you’re moving and will need to travel a long distance as part of the process, make sure your vehicle is up to the task.
In addition to checking the air pressure and tread depth, you should listen for any unusual sounds and double-check your registration.
If you want to avoid living on hotdogs from the gas station, you should stock up on supplies and snacks before you leave.
Our pre-trip checklist includes several additional suggestions to make your relocation more enjoyable.
7) Make sure you have the bare necessities ready before moving.
After packing everything, look around to ensure you have everything you need. After folding and organizing your moving papers, could you place them in a suitcase? Having a box of cleaning supplies on hand allows you to make last-minute changes.
You can do a quick cleaning after the first day after moving into a new location, and these supplies come in handy. Do you intend to be absent for a more extended period than usual? Before you embark on a long journey, read this post for helpful packing tips.