The process of moving can be so stressful that sometimes days feel like weeks, while you are trying to move your endless pile of things from one home to another. Who knew you had so much stuff? No matter how hard you try, and no matter how many times your mother reminds you, it is bound to happen – you will forget things while moving. Amongst all of that rubble of belongings, long forgotten photo albums and never used kitchen appliances, you will lose track of important things. Not to worry, we’ve got your covered with this neat list of things you must remember when moving. First of all, let us focus on things you should do before you even begin packing!
By this we don’t mean only your parents, actually there are a lot of tasks involved that will ease your transition. Pull all of the school, tax and medical records, store them neatly and precisely, and make sure you have them on hand, in case there is an emergency. Make sure that you have cancelled all of your subscriptions or that you have at least transferred them to your new address. More important than anything, things people always forget when moving, is to make sure that you have legally changed your address. If you are unsure how to do it, you can find help here. When all of that is done, you can notify all the significant people in your life. Have in mind, if you move a lot, they might not be as enthusiastic as you!
2.Measure your new home
When it comes to what not to forget when moving people seem to have problems with visualization of their future home. That’s why it often happens that the furniture won’t fit and that the bedrooms is too small. Avoid that by measuring all of the spaces – cupboard under the stairs counts as well! After you do that, arrange your belongings accordingly, so you will not have any unpleasant surprises. You can also label your boxes with numbers, so that the things that go in the room in the back would be delivered first. If, by any chance, you are moving into an apartment, make sure to check the dimensions of the elevator or even of the staircase, so you wouldn’t have to recreate the famous scene from “Friends”. Ross has certainly forgot what to do when moving.
3.Set detailed plan and deadlines
Weeks or even months ahead, start writing down everything that comes to your mind regarding the move. A lot of ideas will fly through your head. Then sit down, assemble all of those notes and make a detailed list that must include activities, deadlines and person responsible. Make sure that everyone is familiar with the plan and knows their role in it – your moving company, your kids, your neighbors, and even the nanny, so they can plan their tasks accordingly. Related to this make sure that you have gathered enough packing material so you wouldn’t have to send the person closest to you for more duct tape. You must remember while moving – planning is half of the work!
4.Pack a survival box
No matter how much you plan when packing and moving actually starts, all chaos will break loose. You do not want to find yourself in the middle of all that, completely lost because, for the life of you, you can’t find your charger. Even worse if you have kids – they will need their bottles, diapers, change of clothes and favorite toys. That is why you can’t forget before the move to pack a bag or two with all of the necessary items and keep it on hand. Make sure that you have with you all of your much needed documents, phones and chargers, water, toothbrush, towels and a change of clothes. Of course, if there is something else you can’t live even one night without, throw it in there too!
5.Get rid of the junk
How many times have you said – I have way too much stuff! Well, this is your chance to get rid of it. The more things you choose to bring with you, the harder will your move be. Not to mention more expensive. When moving you should not forget to throw away the junk before you actually start packing and million things are happening around you. In the weeks leading to your move, slowly but firmly start getting rid of the unnecessary things you have been piling up for years, or longer. If there is a piece of furniture stuck in the attic collecting dust, out with it! That sweater you haven’t worn since the nineties, out with that too. There is no need to toss all of it in the trash, if you cannot sell it, then just donate it. It’s a win-win situation, you will free up some space, and you will be helping others.
What not to forget when moving is to take care of yourself and your family. No matter how much time your spent somewhere and how many connections you created, moving on is always a difficult task. So, make sure that before you get involved, and a thousand things require your attention, take some time to say goodbye. First of all to the house – as it is the only thing you most certainly won’t be taking with you, and it will, for sure, have a couple of hidden, tear inducing memories. Then, say goodbye to the neighborhood, the nature, the architecture, and your favorite spots. In the end, say goodbye to people that formed part of your life there and are most likely sad to see you go. If possible, throw a farewell party and make sure you are emotionally prepared for the new stage of life you are about to enter.