Realizing that moving can be complicated; I have prepared a prep list of 6 simple moving tasks that you can do in just minutes.
PREPARE A LIST
Approximately 45 days prior to your scheduled move, set aside 10 minutes to start a list of things that needs to be done. This can be written in a moving journal which will be dedicated to your move. Other ways to organize your move might be using a notebook or a loose leaf folder. This is where you can keep any paperwork related to your move.
Your list should include categories that are open for each of the six weeks’ tasks prior to the moving date, beginning with week six and counting down. Below are tips that can be done in just minutes in order to assist you through the final six weeks prior to your move.
WEEK SIX TIP - DECLUTTER
I suggest you put Declutter as your topic for Week Six. It will take you longer than a few minutes to Declutter, but what you can accomplish in a matter of minutes, is to set you up a station for working through your clutter. You will need a dedicated space or room for your work station and gather four medium-sized boxes, to be marked KEEP, SELL, DONATE and TOSS. Now that you have a work station, you can leisurely walk about your day, selecting items to sell or donate [or whichever category], and placing them in their designated box.
WEEK FIVE TIP – KITCHEN
If you are like most people, you probably have at least a month’s worth of food in your kitchen. While this is not a bad thing, when you are preparing for a move, you should begin at Week Five to consider clearing your kitchen of its excess. This means you should begin using up your present food supply before bringing in additional food. Take a few minutes this week to prepare a list of menus to make from your current food stock. This can be hung on your refrigerator. Should you find you need additional ingredients, remember to not over purchase when you go shopping at this time.
WEEK FOUR TIP – GATHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Gather all of your important documents and place them in your moving journal or notebook. Once the paperwork is together, you will easily be able to prepare a list of change of address for all necessary accounts. Make a list of those accounts that need to have services transferred. Also note important due dates ahead of you for this month.
WEEK THREE TIP – PREPARE TO INVENTORY YOUR BELONGINGS
Now that you have had several weeks of a de-cluttering, you can begin to inventory your belongings. Take about ten minutes and sit down with your journal so that you can brainstorm your areas of inventory. Remember to include those things not in sight, such as listing your valuable jewelry, or any other high-ticket item in your home. This is also a good time to check on your camera to be sure it’s in working condition because you are going to want keep that ready to snap a photo of each of your important belongings, noting any existing problems with each item (i.e. a scratch on the table or dent in the refrigerator).
WEEK TWO TIP – PREPARE TO LEAVE ON YOUR JOURNEY
This move is a journey for sure. So, at Week Two, we will begin to pack for this journey like we are going to be camping out for a while. This is the week to begin your Essentials bags and boxes. Think personal items here [toothbrush, deodorant, hair supplies, changes of clothes, etc]. Think, what would I need to get by for few days in the kitchen? [pots, dish towel, eating utensils and plates/cups etc as well as food]. If you have a pet, ditto on packing them a little back pack of their needs.
WEEK ONE TIP – CONFIRMATION AND DON’T GO CRAZY!
The Week One tip is to make a list of all places you need call to confirm dates and times with or else check on to see that transfers were made. [moving company, utilities, etc] Also, it is at this time that you should sit and take a deep breath, knowing that you have come this far, and your journey is almost complete.
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