This is the time of moving? If so, we know this can be a stressful time.
It is important to remember to stay organized, start early, and be patient with yourself.
The best thing to do: Make a list and write everything down!
Anything you can pack ahead will save you time on moving day. If it's summer, get your winter clothes out of the way. You don't really need 5 radios or TV's around your house for the last few days there. Box up your shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two.
You may think that you can’t start packing two months before your move, but you can. Go through your attic, basement and storage spaces and find items that you don’t need and haven’t used in years.
J- 1 month
Have plenty of supplies.
You'll need LOTS of boxes, yes, probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies.
Contact your utility
Contact your utility, cable, satellite and Internet providers and schedule dates to have your services transferred or disconnected. This is also the time to change your address at the Post Office. If you utilize online banking, begin changing your address with each bank, credit card and other creditors.
J- 2-3 Weeks
Keep things together.
Insist on keeping things together when you or the movers are packing boxes. Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances.
As the move date gets closer it's time to start packing non-essentials, everything but the primary items you need to get through the next few weeks. Kitchens, bathrooms, great rooms and living rooms are full of dishes, glasses, photos, décor and artwork that is not essential to living over the short term. You should focus on packing these items during this period.
Is it important to remember, don't make the boxes too heavy to lift.
J- 1 Week
It's now time to begin packing the essentials. If you are staying in a hotel for a night be sure to pack a separate overnight bag for you, your spouse and your kids. Plan your meals for the next week and buy portable and disposable dishware, such as paper plates, cups and plastic silverware so you can continue packing up your kitchen. This is also the week to defrost the freezer, empty the refrigerator and remove gasoline from your lawn mower and other power equipment. Be sure your yard furniture is dry and clean and disconnect the washer and dryer if you are taking them with you.
The "Survival Box"
The concept of the "Survival Box" is one dear to the hearts of all moving advisers and organizational experts. You know what that is, right? It's a box containing the essentials of life: coffeemaker and children's nighttime loveys, bed sheets and blankets and pillows, an alarm clock.