I wasn’t an army brat but I’ve moved around a lot. In the past 20 years I’ve moved 11 times. Last week I revealed that it’s time to turn the page and that this move will make 12.
It may not have seemed like it, but I’m actually really excited about moving. This is one of those once-in-a-blue-moon “breaks” that life just doesn’t hand out. With all the moving I’ve done, it’s kind of created this weird love for packing, purging, and boxing up my life.
Sometimes I can be very Type A, which may or may not work to my advantage. This is one of those instances where it does. I’m kind of a pro at this point.
- Accounts. At some point, prior to everything I sit down and make a list of all my accounts. Granted, I’m a huge fan of e-billing and e-notices to begin with but you still need to change your contact information. Save this for later.
- Purge. Start getting rid of anything you don’t want/need/use. This should, and will always, be step 1. If you haven’t worn it in a few years, donate it. If it needs to be repaired and you’ve been procrastinating, toss it.
- List It! As a perpetual list maker this method is tried and true for me. Believe it or not, Stephanie, over at Not Entirely Perfect, does it this way too!
Here’s what I do:
After I’ve gathered some boxes I decide which room I want to start in. I usually go with the living room since it tends to have the most crap.
Basically, I make a numerical list based on the things I’m putting in the box. For example, I started with my desk drawer so my first box has CD’s, and the contents of my desk drawer. Line 1 would then say something like CDs and desk drawer.
The first time I did this I listed every single thing that went in the box, which took way too long. Now I just make my own shorthand notes. It’s my stuff, I know what’s what. Then that same box gets a corresponding post it with a number 1 on it.
What’s on my list directly matches to what’s in that box number. If I’m being super fancy I’ll also place a little BR, LR, K, or B on the list as well so I know which room it goes in. It completely takes the guess work out of what was packed where, which room each box goes in, and makes it an all around stress free situation.
- Change of Address. The 3rd step is something that can be done at anytime; however, I like to get it done and out of the way. I prefer to go to the USPS website and fill out the change of address form. If I have access to the new place, I like to start forwarding at least 3-4 days before I move. I feel this gives them time to get it right.
- Updates. The next step, and this is where we revisit step 1, is actually changing the address on all your accounts. This can take some time depending on many you have. As you saw, I have quite a few. This is where my awesome Keeper app comes in handy yet again. It stores all my login info for every single account I have for any and everything. Since all of that info is in the palm of my hand, I can double check to make sure I didn’t forget anyone. As I said before, I prefer to e-bill everything but this still needs to be done.
- Move. Finally it’s time to get things moving. Here is where it depends on your move. Some people prefer movers... I prefer to do things on my own.
And that's how it's done!
What tips and tricks do you use when moving?