Moving 101 Basics

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Are you faced with a big move and don’t know where to start? Whether you have two weeks or two months to get the ball rolling, the moving process can run smoothly if you have a solid game plan. In this post, we’ll not only help you develop a system, we’ll give you a checklist to help keep you on track. Here is your basic Moving 101 plan:

1.      Create a timeline of events.

Buy, print, or create your own, but have a “moving” calendar that is posted in a central spot. Divide your moving goals into weekly allotments and assign daily tasks that are doable for everyone. Here’s a simple breakdown of things to be added to your moving calendar:

  • Find a moving company and schedule your moving day.
  • Go through every room and donate/throw away unused items.
  • Purchase and gather packing materials.
  • Send out change of address notices and contact your children’s schools, utility companies, and banks, etc.
  • Enlist friends and family members to help you pack.

2.   Create a moving budget.

The more stressed out you get, the more tempted you’ll be to throw your budget out the window. From the start, decide on a moving budget that includes packing materials, moving vans, cleaning services, and food delivery for those busy days. Moving costs can really add up, but if you’re prepared, you’ll be less stressed when added expenses come your way.

3.   Declutter as much as possible.

Don’t move what you don’t have to. Go through every single room, closet, and drawer and get rid of anything that doesn’t belong. If you don’t take the time to declutter, you’ll have to deal with the headache of packing and unpacking things you don’t want, like, or need.

4.   Pack smart.

Gather all the packing materials you’ll need, including boxes, packing tape, Sharpies, newspapers and bubble wrap. Keep them all in one spot, or stock each room with a basic set of supplies. Most of all, label the boxes!

5.  Prepare for moving day.

Rain or shine, be prepared for moving day by having every room packed and ready to go. Purchase bottles of water and snacks for movers and helpers. Have tarps and blankets ready to cover furniture as needed. Plan out which items need to be put in the moving van first, and which items need to be last.

The bottom line is, moving is a BIG deal, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With a little preplanning and organization, your move can be a positive experience all the way around.

Your Moving 101 Checklist:

Calendar:

  • Find a moving company and schedule your moving day.
  • Go through every room and donate/throw away unused items.
  • Purchase or gather packing materials.
  • Send out change of address notices.
  • Enlist friends and family members to help you pack/move.

Budget:

  • Packing materials
  • Moving van/services
  • Cleaning services
  • Eating out/food delivery
  • Gas and travel expenses

Declutter:

  • Cabinets
  • Closets
  • Drawers
  • Shelves
  • Garage
  • Bins
  • Crawl Space
  • Shed

Packing Materials:

  • Boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Sharpies
  • Newspaper/packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tarps
  • Blankets

Moving Day Supplies:

  • Drinks/snacks
  • Sharpies
  • Extra boxes for odds and ends
  • Tape
  • Tarps
  • Blankets
  • Personal items packed in suitcases

 

Download Your Moving 101 Checklist

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