10 Things You Might Forget When You Move

Moving, although a hopeful and exciting start to a new journey, always carries some stress. It’s like packing to go on vacation. You can’t wait for the activities, relaxation, and carefree moments, but you obsess about the details and what to pack. You make a preliminary checklist and then regroup halfway through and make another list. You are so afraid you will forget something, and then once you get there- something got left behind. Moving is kind of like that; so much to do and remember and your tired, overworked mind needs a jolt. Sometimes you need a little outside help to make sure you stay on track. Here is a ready-to-go checklist of what not to forget in the moving process.  

  1. Locate, label, and personally move your important documents.

For some, leaving everything to a moving company seems the stress-free way to go. However, there are some things best left to your personal attention. Collect and label ALL important documents- things regarding employment, housing, legal, financial, automobiles, medical needs, school, and moving documents- place them in a secure storage container, and personally transport them to your new location. This also helps in case of emergency and you need to access something right away; you know right where to look.

  1. Notify school systems or childcare providers of impending changes.

Your move might not be for several weeks, but notify current and future schools of the transition with your children. The same is true for any child care providers. This is more than just courteous; it allows teachers, personnel, and childcare individuals to complete paperwork, find alternate employment, or arrange for transitional measures for your family.

  1. Pack what you need and prioritize the essentials.

You will be packing many boxes in the coming weeks, but focus on bringing what you need. The transition might be stressful, and the fear of forgetting something important-such as medication or valuables- might still be nagging in the back of your mind. Pack an essentials box. This box will contain all the life-saving things your family will need for everyday activity until your lives get back to normal. This would be another item to personally move to your new location.

  1. Inform necessary agencies of the address change.

You will need to register a change of address with the post office, doctor’s offices, utility companies, the vet offices, etc. Notify your employer to ensure changes are made to tax forms, payments stubs, and insurance. The sooner these are in place the less stressful the transition will be.

  1. Cancel current memberships.

If you are relocating to another state or distant location, be sure to cancel any active memberships at local outfits or organizations and provide them with an address change for final bills, cancellation fees, or potential refunds.

  1. Make moving day arrangements ASAP.

As soon as you know your moving date, make the appropriate reservations and arrangements to ensure a smooth transition. Establish activation and turn-on procedures for utilities, cable, phone, or internet companies. Line up childcare through relatives or friends if making a local move. Pack child-friendly activity boxes to keep young ones distracted while the heavy lifting is going on. Line-up hotel or transitional accommodations if the move requires it.

  1. Think about the furry family members.

Ensure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations or check-ups before the move. Establish a new veterinary service on the advice of your current provider or realtor recommendation. On the day of the move, arrange for someone to look after your pets or put them in an overnight facility until the move is complete.

  1. Establish an organization system for your items.

If you are not OCD or are running out of packing time, you might be tempted to skip labeling the boxes and just deal with it when you get there. Such a choice will make for a long and difficult unpacking process, and feeling at home in your new place might be a long time coming. Establish a color-code system and purchase colored stickers or labels to simply put on the box. Have copies of the system for those involved in the move. Green dot=kitchen, blue=master bedroom, etc. Definitely an easy way to organize your move.

  1. Pay attention to the children.

In the moving process, it is really easy to be totally consumed with packing, paperwork, and the details of the process. Kids can struggle with moving and losing the security of their home, friends, and surroundings. Spend some extra time with your kids relaxing, talking about their feelings, ideas, and questions about the move, and reassuring them when they need it.

  1.  Create a new memory, routine, or tradition once you are settled.

You have spent a lot of energy moving into your new location, and you need to make it your own. Take a moment to welcome your family to their new home through a special event that will create positive memories of the transition. Find a new ice parlor or local restaurant where you can celebrate special occasions; check out the local theater or neighborhood parks where you can picnic or take the dog for a walk; order a pizza and snuggle in for a family movie night. Find something to make the move memorable and encourage that “homey” feeling to help you get settled.

You will find many lists and ideas on how to limit your stress during a move, but the reality of the situation is that a little stress is normal. Moving is an emotionally and physically demanding transition. Using checklists that follow a systematic and practical order will keep you focused on the priorities and on a schedule that frees mental and physical strain. Find  the list-such as this one-that suits your moving needs, print it, and get going on the journey to your new home.