Moving can be a complicated process, with many details to think about in a short period of time. While the process can feel overwhelming, experts suggest that by breaking tasks into manageable pieces, you can have a much less stressful moving experience. Here are some great ideas for a timeline to keep yourself organized.
60 Days In Advance
Moving is a great time to go through all of your belongings and decide what you don’t need anymore. There is no sense taking the time and effort to move a bunch of stuff that you will never use in the future. Second hand or thrift stores will gladly take items that you do not want and put the proceeds from selling them to good use.
Make A Moving Binder
A project binder is a really easy way to stay organized during a move. It can serve as a dedicated spot to keep all of your important paperwork and other documents together for easy access.
45 Days In Advance
Six weeks before your move is a great time to start hunting around for packing boxes. Many businesses like grocery stores have an endless supply of sturdy, cardboard boxes and most will gladly give you as many as you need.
Now is a good time to start thinking about the dimensions of your new place by taking a tape measure to the furniture that you plan to put in each room. On moving day, you do not want to discover that your couch won’t go around a corner or that the dresser is too wide for the bedroom wall. Resolving such issues early in the game will save a lot of headaches down the road.
30 Days In Advance
Pick Your Mover
About a month before, decide what mover you will be using and sign the contract. Giving the company as much notice as possible will help everything go very smoothly.
Focusing on one room at a time, start packing your belongings into boxes and crates. Be sure to keep each room’s items together and label everything.
7 Days In Advance
Cable & Utilities
Confirm with the utility and cable companies that your old service will be turned off on the right date and just as importantly, that everything will be working once you arrive at the new home.
Get a refill on all the prescriptions you will need for the next two weeks. This will save you a lot of inconvenience by not having to rummage through boxes to find important medications.
Almost Moving Day! Now What…?
Moving can be difficult for some people, especially if they do not have a game plan together in order to manage the process. By separating tasks into bite-sized pieces and giving yourself plenty of time to accomplish goals, you will enjoy a very smooth and efficient moving experience.