Several years ago, I had a dream about forgetting to pack the night before closing. I woke up in a panic, only to find my entire house, minus the bedsheets, toothbrushes, and important paperwork for the closing, all tucked away in sealed cardboard moving boxes, neatly stacked and organized, ready for the movers, who were coming in forty-five minutes.
I blame part of this panic on the fact that I don’t like to drink. Had I chugged a glass of Pinot the night before, I probably would’ve slept just fine. Case in point: my husband, who did drink a glass of Pinot. He woke up whistling Good Vibrations from The Beach Boys and ran out to get donuts for everyone.
I, on the other hand, was running around like crazy checking every nook and cranny of the house for forgotten treasures.
My advice for anyone moving? Plan, don’t panic.
Ideally, give yourself 8 weeks.
Organize a file of all move-in related documents.
If moving out of town, get referrals from doctors, dentists, orthodontists, and, if you have pets, your veterinarian. Contact schools so records can be transferred.
Host a garage sale or sell items you’ll no longer need online. Donate other usable items and toss everything else not worth saving.
Stop shopping in bulk now, especially for perishable items. Time to clear out that freezer and pantry. Fill out a change of address form with the post office, notify your bank, credit card companies, and other important business contacts of your change of address. Order change of address cards to send to friends and family or notify everyone via e-mail.
Purchase boxes, tape, and any other moving necessities. Reserve your rental truck or moving company. I highly suggest purchasing color coded moving labels, https://amzn.to/2wpbeVM, or using a different color duct tape for each room.
Have utilities cancelled a day or two after you move out and don’t forget to turn on the utilities at your new place. Make an appointment for the cable/Internet provider.
Plan meals around what’s left in your fridge. If you’ve got more than a studio apartment, it’s time to start packing!
Continue packing. Be sure to have a box or two of necessities set aside to open first. Pack a suitcase with clothes and other necessities for three to four days for each family member, just as if you were going on vacation. This will relieve some of the pressure of unpacking once you get to the new place.
Run through the house making sure you haven’t forgotten anything. Then head to the new house. Hopefully, you remembered to bring the rest of the bottle of Pinot. And, if you have kids, don’t forget to send someone out for donuts.