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.
Checklist for 2 Months Before the Move
- Start researching moving companies and getting quotes for your move
- Let the people closest to you know about your move (neighbors, employers, and kids’ school teachers) so that they’re aware of the potential for stress and what might be causing it.
- Gather moving supplies- boxes, tapes, markers, etc
- Start deciding what possessions you have that you can get rid of before you move
Checklist for 1 Month Before the Move
- Scope out your new home and start forming a vision for what you want it to look like once you’ve moved in. Take measurements and decide where key pieces of furniture will go.
- Request a few days off from work if you think it’s appropriate.
- Decide which moving company you’re going to work with. Don’t just go with the cheapest option! Cheap movers can cause you nightmares! Look at online reviews and how long the company has been in business.
Checklist for 2 Weeks Before the Move
- Contact the moving company you’ve decided to work with and confirm the date and time of the move.
- Contact your new landlord and confirm the date and time of the move. Ask for the keys and verify they work before the move in date.
- Contact utilities and service providers and let them know about your change of address. Here are a couple that you might have to contact:
- Cellphone company
- Insurance company
- Credit card providers
- Post offices
- Start packing your stuff. You can use cardboard boxes or find something with a smaller ecological footprint like Gorilla Bins or Boxup plastic bins.
- Start thinking about how you can have an almost-empty fridge and freezer by your moving day.
Moving Day Checklist
- Wake up early. Drink some coffee. Meditate. This is going to be a busy day! Yes, it will be stressful. Make sure you go into it with the right mindset and do everything you can to stay enthusiastic and energized.
- If you have pets or kids, think about how to keep them calm and comfortable during the move. Here are some tips for moving with pets and kids.
- Lock the door behind you as you leave your old apartment.
- Give the moving crew a good tip 🙂
Checklist for After You Move
- Consider leaving a review for your movers 🙂
- Contact your old landlord and try to get your security deposit back
- Introduce yourself to your new neighbors.
- Host a house-warming party. Invite all your friends over to see your new digs.