Moving day can be one of the least anticipated days of the year, second only to root canals and prostate exams in terms of popularity. The following guide may not have you looking forward to moving day the way a child looks forward to a birthday party, but it should help alleviate some of the dread.
If you’re lucky enough to have hired professional movers, you can spend part of the day exchanging goodbyes with friends and neighbors. If not, you can enlist those friends and neighbors to help you load up the moving van!
Take a systematic approach to emptying your rooms. Go through them one at a time, and, once the boxes are all out, vacuum or sweep the floors, then close the door to indicate that the room is empty.
Have a few extra boxes or bags handy to hold any overlooked items, and essentials that you’ll need right away in your new place. Clearly label the containers holding your essentials, so you can find them when you need them.
Leave out any instruction manuals for appliances and equipment that are staying with the old house. There’s no sense in moving something you don’t need, and the new occupants will appreciate it.
Once the truck is loaded, take a quiet moment alone to reflect on the time you’ve spent in the home you’re about to leave for the last time. Separate the good memories from the bad, and leave the bad ones behind.
Read the electric, gas, and water meters one last time so you can check your final bills to see that they’re accurate. Lock everything up tight, and make sure all the lights and appliances are turned off. Then hop in the van and start it up; you’re ready to go.