I’ve always been forgetful. At least I think I always have been…
It hasn’t hurt me too badly in life, but it certainly has made things more difficult.
Remembering things for class. Remembering to how to get just about anywhere without GPS. Remembering how to…
Forgot where I was going on that last one.
But suffice it to say forgetting things make life difficult.
You know what else is difficult? Moving.
It’s exacerbated (a new favorite word of mine) by forgetting some essential tips.
So this is for you, my forgetful comrade.
Oh, and you can print this out so you don’t have to remember it too!
Disregard the attempted punny-ness of that headline, and don’t forget your check list.
Not only will this keep you organized and on task, it will allow you to see the progress you’re making, even when it’s not immediately visible.
Oh, and it just feels good to check things off.
Compare the costs
What’s right for you?
Can you move yourself, or would a moving company be able to help?
It’s important to weigh all the costs of moving, and figure out what works best for you.
As we mentioned last week, moving yourself has hidden costs, so be conscious of the full picture.
If you decide to turn to a professional mover, determine what you need help with.
Don’t want to lift a finger? We can take care of everything from your packing and moving to the set up.
Don’t have access to the manpower or vehicles to move some of your larger or heavier items? Call in the professional movers to handle just those select items and take care of the smaller things yourselves.
Impart importance on imperative items
Before you move, take the time to collect important documents around the house.
Keep birth certificates, social security cards, and other important documents secured in a separate box or bag that you keep with you at all times.
Many times, these are already kept together in a safe or some secure spot, but it is important to secure them again and keep them somewhere you’re aware of throughout the duration of your move.
No, not in the whole “one day to commit any crime you want to” type of purge, but the “I definitely have more than I think I have and do not want to or need to move all of this because I certainly don’t use it all” kind of way.
Trust me when I say, you have more than you think. Especially if you’ve stayed in your house for a while.
Whether you’re moving yourself, or moving with professionals, save time and money by trimming unnecessary things.
Cut down on clothes you don’t need, superfluous (another favorite word) furniture or decorations. Now is the time to get real—really real—about what you have.
I know that’s tough, I struggle with it too, but it will certainly save you in the long run.
Take time to realize…
That this is going to take longer than you think.
Start the packing and preparation process with plenty of time to spare. What doesn’t seem like a lot, will be. What seems like a lot, is going to be even more.
When you start early, you not only minimize the impact of a few large days by spacing out the work over time, you also have the flexibility to respond to emergencies (in life and in moving).
Make life easy with essentials
Keep a separate box of just essentials to make moving day less stressful.
This could include medicine, some luxuries that you set up right away to make unpacking more enjoyable, or (if you’re like me and need food) snacks!
Keep this bag or box with you so you have easy access to the things you want most.
Yes, it’s a small extra step that you’ll have to take when you’re packing up, but it will save you a huge amount of time and energy at the end when you unpack it.
Label by both room and specific grouping (living room, movies) to make the back end of moving as stress-free as possible.
Moving is long and stressful, so plan ahead to make the end smooth.
Break out the phy-ed
There’s no need to whistles and gym shorts, but a quick physical warmup can help keep you safe.
Stretch out your back and legs, and loosen those shoulders (ah sweet arm circles, how I’ve missed you) before diving into your move.
Moving is physical, and (take my advice as an injury prone person) protecting yourself in advance is crucial. You’ll be tired and sore regardless, but you can minimize those effects.
Ms. Rotar, you’d be proud (that’s my gym teacher at Sugar Creek Elementary School, and a heck of a lady).
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As always, I’m Michael, and I thank you for reading!