How To Move Yourself and Your Stuff

We moved our office last year; from where it had been for over 25 years to where it is now. I am not a person who hates change. In fact, I like change. But everything we do has its good an bad parts. Moving is no exception. As a family law attorney, it is fair to say that most of my clients are going through a major life change which will involve, at a minimum, a change of who is in your residence with you and, in many cases, involves a change of residence. Moving is not hard, but it is definitely time consuming. Here are some suggestions about how to make your move go more smoothly:

1. First find a place to which you will move.

2. Make a list of what you have to do.

3. Assign people (if there are others, otherwise suck it up and just do it all) and due dates to each item on the list.

4. Follow up once a week with each person and each item.

5. Get estimates on everything including phone service, utilities, internet, movers, painters, cleaners, etc.

6. Start to pack as soon as possible. Label each box with a marker including contents (i.e. winter clothes, junk from desk drawers, toys) and where to put it (Bedroom #1, office, family room).

7. When in doubt, throw it out.

8. If you have not worn it in over a year, throw it out (formal wear exception).

9. If you have not used the thing (pasta maker, panini maker, crock pot) in over a year, throw it out.

10. If you are keeping something “for the children” and the children are grown, give it to them. If they do not want it, throw it out.

11. If you are keeping something “for the children” and they are still at home, keep small sentimental items that fit in one medium sized packing box.

12. Keep all your important papers in one safe place and tell someone else where it is in case they will need it in an emergency. Scan copies to your computer, if possible. Keep them on a flash drive.

13. You take your memories with you. They won’t vanish if you move to another place.

14. Sell what you don’t want or can’t fit in. Don’t overprice it. Your desire is to get rid of it, not to make money. Whatever you can’t sell, donate. (Get a receipt for taxes) Do not donate computers which have personal information on the hard drive. If you are throwing out the computer, smash the hard drive before you take it to the dump.

15. If possible, do not move things yourself. Professionals are faster and insured. If your best friend drops the good china, you both feel bad and awkward. If the mover drops the good china, you both feel bad, but the insurance will pay.

16. Know where you want things to go in the new place and direct the movers appropriately.

17. Have a box of things you will need immediately such as medications, toilet paper, towels, sheets, a change of clothes, toiletries, coffee and coffee maker of choice, and move that box in your own car.

18. Don’t overdo. I tend to want everything in its new place immediately, but there is nothing wrong with taking your time, just as long as it is done within a reasonable amount of time. If items remain packed for over 4 months, maybe it should really be tossed.

19. Change your mailing address, send your new address to your friends, family, and those who need to know. If you have a new home phone, include that, also. It may be easiest to send the notice by email, but, think, don’t put it out there on social media or everyone will know your address, and that may not be a good thing.

20. After you move in, make a list of all the little things that you forgot to do or just discovered need to be done, put this list on the refrigerator with a magnet so you can find it later, then find your most comfortable place to sit, get your beverage of choice, sit down and relax.

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