The key to a stress free, successful move is “ORGANIZATION” and good labeling!
The other key to a successful, stress free move is proper planning. Give yourself enough time to do all the tasks. Do not leave things to the last moment. Be ruthless with your sorting, purging and donating.
Follow this moving day checklist and be the envy of everyone who has every moved.
4-6 weeks before moving day
1. Start collecting boxes and packing paper. Your local produce store will have beautiful apple boxes. Having all the same size boxes makes for better packing. If you would like to use “green” boxes be sure to check out http://www.frogbox.com.
2. Go around your house with post it notes. Label all large items that WILL NOT be going with you. Be ruthless. Consider having a moving sale, use a consignment store, Craigslist, or donation. (I can help you with this is you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself.)
3. Start purging your clothes closets and storage areas.
4. Begin the process of contacting “People to Notify”:
- Electricity and gas
- Water and milk delivery
- Telephone and internet
- Cable TV
- Home and auto insurance
- Drivers License and Passport (change of address)
- Newspaper and magazine subscription
- Doctors and Dentist (get referral in new neighdorhood)
- Banks and credit cards
- Post office (change of address) www.canadapost.com
5. Decide if you will pack/move yourself or if you are going to hire professionals. (I work with some very reputable movers.) Only use well known movers who will come to your home and give you a quote.
6. Start really downsizing your deep freeze. The goal would be to have it empty by move day. If your move is local, your frozen food can be packed in a cooler. If your move is long distance, you will need to make arrangements for any frozen food left. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors!
3 weeks before moving day
1. Pair down your pantry. Use up canned goods and dried goods. Toss out all outdated spices, baking supplies, stale cereal, etc.
2. Cleaning supplies, flammables, and aerosols cannot be moved by professional movers. Use these up until move day and then leave behind for the new tenants.
3. Decide what you would like to do with any or all plants. Indoor and outdoor ones. Will you be moving them or donating them?
4. Dismantle gym equipment, patio furniture, trampolines and large power tools.
5. Do any of your appliances need services? Now is the time to do it.
6. Pack (unless you have hired professionals) all items you do not need. Seasonal clothing, most of the kid’s toys, seasonal cookware/platters, books, CD’s, sporting equipment, etc.
2 weeks before moving day
1. Pack a suitcase for each family member. Include a towel, toilet paper, hand soap, special medications, toiletries, fresh set of sheets, toys/books and a few clothes. Just enough stuff to get your through the first 2 or 3 days in your new place. This saves on opening boxes and trying to find the favorite toy or pillow.
2. Arrange transfers of any school records.
3. Check to make sure your insurance covers you while moving.
4. Return library books, pop/beer bottles and any borrowed items.
5. Pack as much of the house as you can. When we moved I had 2 special boxes. One had the plastic cups, plates, etc. and the other had the champagne and non-perishable snacks. As soon as we got our keys I set up a little celebration area.
6. Make any travel arrangements.
7. Accept all help. Do your friends want to cook for you? Do they want to help pack? Say “yes please” and “thank-you”.
8. Be sure to do some self care. You do not want to strain your back. This is an important time to keep up your yoga, walking and hot relaxing baths.
1 week before moving day
1. Take down drapes, and blinds.
2. Dismantle TV, desks, and any other furniture you do not need this week.
3. Make sure all the laundry is done. Do you have any dry cleaning to pick up?
4. Make arrangements for any pets. Keep their food close at hand along with leash and blanket.
5. Pack everything except for the bare necessities.
6. Use up all the food in your fridge (as much as you can).
7. Do you need to do a run to the dump or will your local garbage pick-up do?
One day before
1. Make arrangements for your kids to be at a play date/sleep over. This will help lower the stress level. It is also safer for little kids to not be under foot.
2. Do all last minute cleaning.
3. Defrost freezer and wipe down inside of fridge.
4. Put the self clean on your oven.
5. Unhook your computers, radios, coffee maker, phones, etc.
6. Go out for dinner to a friends, family or local café.
7. Check the house for any last items that need to be packed. Hopefully there is nothing left.
8. Say goodbye to your neighbors.
1. Load the truck or get your professional movers to do it for you.
2. Have cold drinks and snacks on hand.
3. Load your car with what you can. Use a cooler for any last minute items from the fridge.
4. Leave the keys and your contact information with your landlord or Realtor. Your contact info is handy if there is any mail that does not get redirected. It is also handy if the new tenants/owners have any questions about your house/condo.
5. Collect your kids and pets.
6. Prepare for a new start. I trust it is a happy, joyful experience.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of packing, moving or unpacking?
Please allow me to support you in this process. Have you taken advantage of my FREE 30 minute phone consultation? If not, than contact me today. We will discuss a plan of action to help you have a stress free, ORGANIZED move.