1. Make some lists
You'll want to start by creating an inventory of your possessions. This will help you keep track of what you have and what needs to be moved. Then, make a list of all the things you need to accomplish, including moving preparation, cleaning, and unpacking in your new place.
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2. Gather packing supplies
Moving all your possessions from one home to another requires more than just a few boxes. Start by gathering your supplies so you have them ready when you start the packing process.
Here are some packing materials to get you started:
- - Various sized cardboard boxes
- - Packing tape
- - Bubble wrap
- - Newspaper (for padding/stuffing items)
- - Markers for labeling
- - Scissors
- - Furniture pads
3. Label, label, label
Don’t rely on your already frazzled brain to remember what you put in a box— label it! Make the label straight-forward, easy to understand, and if you’re feeling particularly organized, include where the contents of the box will go. An example would be: “John’s clothes - master bedroom”. At a glance you know that this box contains John’s clothes and they are to be moved to the master bedroom.
4. Update your mailing address
One detail often overlooked in a move is changing your mailing address. Don’t let bills or other important correspondence get lost in the shuffle when you move—fill out the Change of Address form with the United States Postal Service and get your mail forwarded from your old address to your new one.
5. Explore your new neighborhood
In preparation for your move, check out your new neighborhood by doing some online research. Use resources like meetup.com to find local groups, clubs, and activities, or to connect with other new-comers in your area. Ask your network of online friends to suggest must-see attractions and can’t-miss activities in your new neighborhood.
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