Getting ready to move is both an incredibly exciting and an incredibly stressful time. Getting organized and prepared ahead of a move is vital to making things go as close to the plan as possible and the importance of a moving checklist shouldn’t be underestimated.
A moving checklist will help ensure that your move goes off without a hitch and that you have everything you need to know and do all in one place.
Here are some of the key benefits of a moving checklist:
- Organization – Writing down all of your tasks and items you need to pack in one place will help you stay on track and put all the information you need in one place. Keep track of any moving supplies you have or need
- Keep track of key contacts – Include any phone numbers or confirmation numbers for realtors, mortgage companies, moving companies, or truck rentals on your checklist as well, so they are handy when you need them. If you have friends or family planning to help you move, write down their names and phone numbers and when and where they are planning to help you.
- Coordinate all family members’ needs and items in one place – If you have a spouse, kids or even extended family living with you, keeping up with what everyone needs to do can be overwhelming. Add a category for each family member’s bedrooms and key possessions to your checklist so that you know exactly where to find each person’s needs easily.
- Keep track of your belongings and important documents – You can use your checklist to list and mark off important items that you have packed and label corresponding boxes so that your most important belongings and papers and documents are easy to find after you transport them to your new home.
- Efficiency – Using a checklist will help you get everything done more efficiently and with greater ease. It will also help you avoid confusion about what you need to do and what you have done because it will all be there in front of you and will save you time.
- Stress reduction – A checklist will ensure that you are completing everything that needs to be done with confidence, automatically reducing your stress level. Planning out your list and ensuring that everything you need to do is on it will also help you see if you are overwhelming yourself with tasks that you could hire a service to do or ask friends and family to help with. The less you do all by yourself, the lower your stress level will be as well.
- Memory aid – When you are preparing or executing a move, there will be so many topics on your mind that it will be easy to forget things. Making this checklist, even for seemingly small things, will make sure you aren’t missing a thing.