You’ve decided to move, have chosen a new place and are
excited to get ready for what’s next. The hardest part for many people is
getting started on what that move looks like after you’ve found your new
Moving can be both a physical and psychological process. From
furniture pieces and photos that hold memories, to deciding what to purge, to
the labor it takes to move each item, a plan can help simplify the moving
process for anyone.
Here’s a few items to help you become relocation ready:
Itemize, Sort, and
One of the biggest wastes of time in a move is moving items
you don’t want, need or use. Follow these steps to sort through what you own:
- Itemize your possessions room-by-room
- Decide what can be sold or donated to a
- Donate or discard what haven't you used within
the last year
- Decide which items you need to schedule
estimates or appraisals for
- Decide if you should host an in-person estate
sale or online estate sale auction to sell items with a company like Caring
- Finally purge the identified unwanted items
according to what you planned from the previous steps
- Create an inventory list from the remaining
items for each room of your new space
Packing can be a difficult task in most cases. To make it
less difficult create a packing plan to efficiently save time, energy, and
effort. You can make packing simple by following these steps:
- Pack over time if you can to make the move less
- Prepare an essentials box, weekender, or
suitcase with everything you need for the first few days in your new home. This
would include toiletries, a change of clothes, basic first aid items, bedding,
cups and plates, drinks, and snacks.
- Use boxes that are the perfect size for the
items you plan to pack within it.
- Pack room-by-room and use your inventory list as
a guide for what should be packed.
- Properly label boxes with its destination and a description.
- Put heavier items on the bottom of the box and
fill empty spaces with light items like packing paper, clothes, towels, etc.
- Create a handle on your boxes by cutting a hand
sized triangle shaped hole on opposite sides of the box.
- Transport important papers, legal documents,
small heirlooms and valuables personally.
Don’t forget to plan
for or do the following:
- Schedule utility service connections and
- Consider having a friend, family member, or
professional watch children or pets while you focus on the move
- Do a final sweep of your home checking for
anything you may have forgotten, may have been damaged, or any cash you may
have left behind