It’s easy to let small details fall through the cracks when you move. To make your move from one home to another as easy as possible, follow these bits of advice that will help you plan ahead and prepare for the big day!
1. Keep a Notebook for To-Do’s
There are few things more satisfying than crossing things off a to-do list! Amid all the moving parts in the process of moving, it’s important to stay organized so that nothing falls through the cracks. Dedicate a notebook to keep track of moving to-do’s, priorities, people to say goodbye to, last minute errands, and more.
2. File Important Documents & Information in a Binder
In addition to keeping a notebook for reminders and to-do’s, keep a binder to file important documents, confidential information, and invoices. Include contact information for your real estate agent, the moving company, cleaners, and anyone else involved in the moving process so that it’s easy to access.
3. Exfoliate Your Stuff
We all need to exfoliate our personal belongings every few months. To make moving easier, spend a day going through your closet, desk, and storage units. Get rid of clothes you don’t wear anymore, toss out old papers and receipts, and say goodbye to items that simply aren’t worth hanging onto. If you need help being ruthless when getting rid of your stuff, read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo for excellent minimalist tips.
4. Coordinate Your Boxes with Colorful Labels
Buy an assortment of colorful labels and assign a color to each member of your household. When everyone’s boxes are packed and labeled, mark each box with the assigned label. This will make it easy for your to family to sort all the boxes and unpack their belongings when you move into your new home.
5. Put Together a Bag of Essentials
When you’re moving between homes, remember not to pack the basic items you’ll need for travel and personal care. Put together a bag or box of essentials for everyone in your family so they have what they need for their last night in your old home and their first night in your new home. Essentials might include: toiletries, clothes, disposable plates and utensils, bottled water, non-perishable food, towels, sheets, pillows, blankets, clothes, playing cards, and a flashlight.