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Dated: December 5 2020
Maybe a move isn’t currently in the mix, but this checklist is a great go-to when or if the time does come for a new home.
INVENTORY THE STUFF YOU’RE TAKING.
Create a short, accurate list for yourself or a moving company. Avoid overestimating and overpaying for too many boxes or too large a truck. Ask friends for referrals! Extra tip: don't pay for boxes. There are free cardboard boxes just about everywhere; all you have to do is ask!
Make a packing kit. Include permanent markers, scissors, different-colored rolls of duct tape, and pens. A notebook, a bottle of water and snacks, too!
As you pack, set aside items that you’ll need for your trip and the first few days in your new home. Put them in a box labeled “first day,” so you know when to open it once you arrive. Extra tip: color-code your stuff. Pick one color of duct tape for each room in your house and slap a square of it on each side of your box.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.
Garbage bags are your friends! Think pillows, blankets, socks, undergarments, bathing suits, and pajamas. Get creative in combining items. Include socks, shirts, pillows, blankets, and other soft items with your fragile items.
BOOK YOUR MOVE.
Nail down your move-out date. If you are using a moving company or renting a truck, sign your estimate, and confirm your plan. Lock in a rental truck early to avoid heavy last-minute rates or truck unavailability.
Whether you’re relocating across town or across the country, if you do hire a moving company, we suggest purchasing insurance through that company to help protect you and your stuff during the big move.
QUIT STOCKING THE CABINET.
Eat as many perishables as possible and stop grocery shopping. Reducing food=reducing boxes.
KEEP AN INVENTORY.
Use the notebook to create a checklist of your boxes. Write numbers on your boxes, and include what each number represents in your notebook.
PURGE YOUR JUNK.
Donate, sell, toss and recycle things you don’t want or need. Purge expired medicines and makeup. Keep a give-away box or bags handy. This will make it easier to get rid of items while you purge.
CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS.
Fill out a change of address form with the post office or online at USPS.com. Be sure to update your address with your bank, insurance providers, credit card issuers, mailed subscriptions, and other important contacts.