Moving Day Checklist

Moving from one living space to another can be an incredibly stressful situation. Some people say it can even be more stressful than a divorce. What differentiates a swift, effective move from a totally unorganized, chaotic mess is planning. One of the most effective ways to plan for a move is to make a checklist of tasks and things to get done leading up to the move. Keeping your tasks organized will help reduce your stress, and you’ll feel great checking off to-do items one-by-one as your move-in day approaches.

Why Use an Actual Checklist?

By doing this you will feel organized and reduce the inclination to completely panic and lose your mind. Writing down a list can help declutter your mind, allowing you to focus that mental energy more efficiently on other things. Also, it is better to encourage yourself to knock out a few to-do’s here and there, rather than being bombarded with to-do’s the night before your move. Following this checklist can make your move-in day much more smooth:

Checklist/points to follow

    • Set all the valuable items aside: items like important documents, mobile electronics, chargers, laptops, keys, wallets, and similar items should not be packed away with everything else. Set them aside while packing and carry them in a backpack or handbag when they need transporting.
    • Label and pack your boxes wisely. Stuff that isn’t used too often should be packed away until it’s needed, while everyday items like toiletries, kitchen gadgets, and clothing should be unloaded and unpacked first. Organize the moving truck sensibly and you will save your movers and yourself ample time, money, and headaches.
    • Make a things-to-be-discarded box: set one box at the center of your home where you and the kids can throw in anything which you will not need at your new home. After you do this, you can determine whether or not you want to donate or sell the item. By getting these unnecessary items out of the way immediately, you’ll have less to pack and less to plan out. Start downsizing before you move; don’t fill the new house with a bunch of stuff you don’t plan on using.
    • Place similar items together. This may seem like a no-brainer but this will help you pack effectively and stay organized.
    • Have a final look. After all the boxes have been gone, go to each room, open up each closet and look through all the drawers to ensure that nothing gets left behind.

Final checklist

Two months before

Request a quote from Metropolis & set up the moving day

Inform neighbors, employers, and kids’ school

Order boxes, tapes, highlighters, and bold markers

Order packing bins from Boxup

Place a trash bin at the center of your house

Six weeks before

Visit the new home and take measurements of rooms

Decide which furniture will go where: start to form a vision for your new home

One month before

Start packing

Label each box with the name of content it carries

Label the box with the name of the room it will go into

Create an inventory of all of your belongings

Note: Do not pack your most important things yet

Two weeks before

Request a couple of days off from work for the move

Contact your utilities companies such as gas, electric, and internet: set up your services to be transferred

Update your address with the following institutions:

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Crеdіt Cаrd services


Postal Services

Car Rеgіѕtrаtіоn

Drіvеrѕ Lісеnѕе


One week before

Start filling your suitcases and labeling them

Clean out your refrigerator and defrost everything in the freezer

Contact your new landlord to touch base regarding the new move

Moving Day/After

Keep your valuables with you or packed in a certain suitcase you can easily find

Double check each room, each closet, and every drawer

Lock the old apartment

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