For many, moving is one of the most stressful tasks they can imagine. Packing up everything you own and vacating your old home feels like you are uprooting your whole life. It’s no wonder so many of us have trouble keeping tabs on all the little organizational tasks that go along with moving. Ever since I’ve made efforts to minimize my life, the idea of moving is far less daunting, and the process itself is certainly easier. But no matter how minimal your space is, there is still some unavoidable “housekeeping” that must be done before moving. Since I’m moving in just under two months, I’ve made this checklist to keep myself on track, and I thought I’d share it with you all for your own use, too!
2 months before moving:
- Cancel or transfer your memberships (ex: fitness club)
- If you’ll need to switch to new healthcare providers, gather your medical records (ex: PCP, dentist)
- Contact your insurance agent to find out if you’ll need to update any of your policies (ex: renter’s insurance)
- Get quotes and select a moving company, if you’ll use one
- Sort through your stuff. There’s no sense in moving things from here to there that you don’t even use now! Check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and my minimalism videos for some inspiration.
1 month before moving:
- Gather packing supplies (ex: boxes and tape)
- Start packing infrequently used items. You can always pack things into boxes but leave them unsealed in case you need to get at them one more time before the move.
- Update your address & have the post office hold your mail. Be sure to consider all places that send you mail, like your bank, insurance provider, doctors, credit cards, magazine subscriptions, Netflix DVDs, etc. Bills often have a change of address form on the back of the tear-off portion that you can send with your payment.
- Call all your utility companies to set up a date to cancel or transfer their services.
<2 weeks before moving:
- Plan your meals so you won’t have perishable foods going to waste
- Confirm date and time with the moving company
- Measure large furniture to ensure it can fit through doorways. If not, plan for time to disassemble.
- Fill any prescriptions you, your family members, or pets will need
- Keep packing! Seriously, don’t procrastinate!
- Empty and defrost your fridge at least 24 hours before moving
- Spackle any holes in the walls
- Give the place a good, thorough cleaning
Not everything on this list applies to me, and most likely some won’t apply to you, either, but I tried to be as thorough as possible. Is there anything you can think of that I didn’t list? Please share in the comments!