A lot of people choose summertime to relocate. Most of the time, the kids are out of school, the weather is more cooperative, and aside from the heat, it just seems to be an all-around better time to move. But no matter what time of year you decide to box up your things and change your surroundings, anxiety, stress and total chaos loom above. Keep those things at bay by breaking it down into many small tasks that can be accomplished over a period. This way, you won’t feel so overwhelmed by all the things that need to be done.
There are many small tasks that can be done early on in your move to reduce the last minute crunch:
- Have a good idea of what you have or will need in your new home. If possible, take room measurements, get cabinet and closet dimensions, window sizes, etc. Draw out a floor plan of your home and decide where furniture will go (This was always my favorite part of the process)
- Take stock of what you have now. Sort your things into groups – what to keep, what to give to friends or charity and what to throw away. This is a very good time to be ruthless and get rid of most of your clutter. If you are a frugal person, consider how much money the extra weight of your things will cost you to move it. Gas is not cheap so more weight means more fuel to transport whether you are hiring movers or doing the job yourself.
- Make a list of all your accounts that will need to be changed. If you are moving to a new town, you’ll probably need to close accounts with your bank, insurance, doctors, dentists, etc. Let them know the date you are moving and ask for recommendations for the area you are moving to.
- Connecting and disconnecting utilities. Plan to have your current utilities cut off a day or two after your move. Also, plan to have your new utilities active the day before your arrival in your new home. You wouldn’t want to get there only to find out you have no AC, no water and no refrigeration!
- List everyone that will need to know your change of address. Make separate lists for personal (family and friends) and business (magazine subscriptions, credit card companies, etc). If you plan to use change of address cards, order them early. You can have them stamped and ready to mail closer to your move date. Most businesses include a section on the bill for address changes. Fill it out with the date of your move and then write the date you made the change on your list next to the company name. That way, you will know at a glance who still needs your new information.
- Make a move-in kit. This is basically a moving box that holds nothing but the bare essentials. Keep the kit with you during your move – do not put it on the moving truck. Include in it paper towels, toilet paper, all purpose cleaner, a can opener, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, a brush, a pot, disposable plates, cups, napkins and utensils, a few washclothes, and a first-aid kit. You may also want to consider having a small tool kit as well including a hammer, screwdrivers, scissors, box cutter, nails, screws and picture hangers. This way, if it’s taking longer than anticipated to find things, you have your necessities in one box.
The key to the whole process is to take tiny steps. A little bit at a time. Don’t get so wrapped up in your move that you forget about your friends and family…or forget about yourself. Make time to relax. Things will get done and you will make it through. Put a smile on your face and think about your new home. You’ll be enjoying it before you know it!