What if I told you there are things you can do six months to even a YEAR before you move, that could drastically improve the process and decrease stress once you get to the date of your actual move? Believe it or not, there are plenty of things you are able to get out of the way and things you can plan to do, given the advance time notice.
THINKING AHEAD PAYS OFF!
Get Rid of Trash
Tidying up! You can turn your normal, routine cleaning into a PURPOSEFUL tool.
Okay, it’s not a secret most of us have collected our fair share of “trash” throughout the years. From old couches and broken lamps, old boxes from appliance purchases, old newspapers and magazines, and beyond! If you come across things like these, you can dispose of them in small doses. A little bit each day or week will gradually help prepare you for de-cluttering during the move.
If there are any items in your house which you know you do not want to take to your new home with you, now is the perfect time to make a plan to pass them on to a new owner or to be disposed of. Who wants to be trying to coordinate the couch getting picked up by someone while also trying to move boxes to a new home?
If you are downsizing, this is a must for you! What items will you be giving to your children? What will be donated? What will be thrown away? Simplifying WHAT you are moving makes the move that much smoother.
Have A Yard Sale!
…Or two or three! If you live in the Midwest, you know there are only about 6 months out of the year that this would be possible to do in so plan in advance and you could be able to make some money off that couch you know you don’t want to bring with you!
Pack Away Little Used Items
If you come across items that aren’t used very often, start packing them into boxes and labeling them. It will never hurt to have a couple boxes already packed and ready to go!
Get Estimates on Movers
Don’t wait until the last second to pick a moving company, or create a moving plan. You deserve to give yourself enough time to get a couple estimated from different companies and to select the best company for you. Quality, Trust, and Price are all important factors and by taking care of this early on, you can go into the move knowing the “how” is all taken care of.
6 months out is the perfect time to start asking around and collecting boxes for packing. STOCK UP!!!
When you are close to your move, it is a perfect time to notify and businesses or medical providers of your change of address. Filling out a mail forwarding slip with the US Post Office is a great idea as well! This way you are sure to not miss any of your incoming mail.
Plan Meals to Use Up Food
Lastly, one of the trickiest things to worry about when moving is leftover food in the fridge and pantry. Thinking ahead to plan meals around remaining food supplies in the pantry and refrigerator is a smart way to avoid this kind of problem. Instead of throwing away the food, eat it all gone!