MOVING! The very thought of it can send chills down our spine and can cause us to break out into a cold sweat. Experts say that any kind of “change” creates “stress”. Moving, (especially if we are relocating to a new city or state), represents a huge change and naturally brings a great amount of stress along with it. This can be a double whammy, because stress can lead to a lack of energy and motivation. Many of us tend to procrastinate during stressful periods of our lives. This is one time, though, when we must rise above that. When preparing for a move we need to put the pedal to the metal and get a lot of things done. This checklist contains many suggestions that may seem like “no-brainers”. However, the very act of printing out these simple suggestions and reminders can become a significant security blanket as the dreaded time approaches. In this article we are leaving out the “big things” such as finding the best moving company, researching your new neighborhood’s transportation, parking, employment, etc. Today we are concentrating on the basics of planning and preparation.
Get rid of what you don’t need.
Many of us are “pack rats”. One thing that can be accomplished immediately is going through all of your “stuff” and getting rid of what isn’t needed anymore. Moving unwanted items from one residence to another is a great waste of time and effort. Getting rid of the unwanted items can be done by having a garage sale long before moving time and then donating the leftovers to the Salvation Army or other charitable groups. Not ready to sell these things off quite yet? Get yourself a self storage unit and stick it in there until you know what you’re going to do with it.
Get all important papers and documents together and secure them.
Since moving is hectic, to say the least, things that absolutely must not be lost or misplaced should be hand carried, not put in a box for the movers. These would be things like birth certificates, bank statements, checks, insurance policies, marriage records, passports, and the like.
Prepare well in advance for living at your new location.
What kinds of things can be done in advance?
*Open up new bank accounts.
*Contact the new area utility companies and arrange for your new (ex. TV, gas, electric, oil, telephone, water and Internet access.)
* Arrange for new medical providers.
*If you are moving to a new state, contact the DMV and get forms necessary to re-register your vehicles. *Contact your insurance companies and find out if your car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, etc. can be transferred. If not, find an Insurance Broker in your new area and discuss your needs and requirements for new policies.
*Go to the post office and get a moving kit. Prepare change of address forms for all of your correspondents.
With proper planning and preparation the moving process can at least be sane. Good luck!