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A Weekly Moving Checklist for a Stress-Free Move

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Article Provided by Tanya Douglas

Moving can be a very stressful time for anyone. No matter how prepared you think you are, there are always things that will cause you anxiety. Unexpected turns of events can occur and throw you off balance. This is why it is good to prepare well ahead of time and follow a weekly moving checklist for a stress-free move. Whether you are moving close by or internationally, preparing well ahead of time will allow you to smoothly transition into your new home and maybe even enjoy the process.

When to start preparing

You can never start preparing for a move too soon. Even though it seems like all you need to do is pack and transport your possessions, there is much more involved once you get into the details. A general rule of thumb is to begin the entire process around two months before. This is when you start inquiring about the basics and making checklists. Start brainstorming everything that comes to mind regarding your move. Note down what you think you may need to take care of and if it seems like you are missing some pieces of the puzzle, consult with your friends, family, and of course, the internet.

What to take into account for a stress-free move?

There are many things to consider, which is why we suggest making a weekly checklist for a stress-free move. This way, you can break down your extensive list of things into smaller, more manageable tasks so that you do not get overwhelmed. When creating the list, there are several things to take into account:

  • Creating a budget
  • Deciding whether or not to hire help
  • Organizing your items into categories
  • Deciding whether you need a storage unit
  • Acquiring boxes
  • Packing
  • Labeling every single box
  • Transferring everything to the final destination

These are just some of the many things you need to put on your weekly moving checklist for a stress-free move, and we will break them down for you.

Week eight—Ready, set, start your checklist

If you haven’t already, this is the perfect time to start brainstorming. Some of the first things to consider are how much money you are prepared to invest in the move and whether or not you want to hire professionals to help you. If you do, the best moving companies will be listed and reviewed online, so there is an abundance of offers for you to choose from. They can help you pack and move, which would take a massive load off your back. If, however, this is not in your budget, or you prefer to handle your personal belongings alone, start dividing your home into areas. Also, make sure to label all your boxes and make a list of contents. This will help with the packing and organizing process. All these activities will keep you busy for at least two weeks, after which you can move on to the next phase.

Weeks six to four

By now, you will have made some progress and created and prepared a more structured plan. It might be time to tie up some loose ends, such as finalizing your home sale or arranging some time off work for when the time comes to move. You might want to start packing some less-used items in your home. Consider starting with books, wall art, and clothes that are not in season. Once you start packing, you will get an idea of how time-consuming it is, and this will help you adjust your plans if necessary. This is also an excellent time to declutter. Decide what things you do not need to take with you. You can donate them, sell them online, or organize a yard sale. Your boxes will be much lighter, and you won’t bring unnecessary clutter into your new home.

Where to get the boxes for your stress-free move 

One important thing to plan for is packing all your possessions. When moving your entire home, a few suitcases will not cut it. You will most probably need lots and lots of boxes. There are many ways to get hold of moving boxes, but it’s a great idea to reuse instead of buy. Buying all the boxes can be expensive and unnecessary since getting used ones in good condition is possible.

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For a stress-free move, reuse boxes instead of buying new ones.

Some very convenient places to acquire moving boxes are supermarkets and department stores. They have loads of them, and most owners are willing to help. Just make sure that the cardboard is thick enough for your heavy items. You can also try your luck online. You would be surprised how many good Samaritans are giving away extra boxes leftover from their own move. Just remember to pay it forward after you are all settled and moved in and help someone else have a stress-free move as well.

The final four weeks

You are getting closer to the finish line, and you need to start focusing on the details. If you have hired professional movers, confirm the dates with them and give them a closer estimate of the number of boxes and furniture you will be transporting. At week two, it is a good idea to start preparing your appliances for transport. The refrigerator needs to be emptied and all the water removed, the dishwasher and laundry washer need to be dried, and all these tasks take several days to complete.

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The final weeks of your move can be hectic, but try to commemorate them by taking pictures.

Focus on the last things on your weekly moving checklist for a stress-free move. Prepare a box or a suitcase with personal items for the first several days in your new home. Once you move in, it will be difficult to rummage through your boxes, looking for basic necessities. Therefore, prepare your toiletries, pajamas, or whatever you think you may need for those initial days in your new home. Last but not least, before you go, take some photos of your old house so that you can keep those memories after the dust settles.

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