We might be in the Information Age, or the Technology Age, or the Golden Age or whatever other Age they want to assign this period of instant gratifaction and instant information, but we’re also in an age that I like to refer to as the Easy Age. It’s obvious that everybody wants things done “the easy way.” I mean, who wouldn’t? We now have smartphones that you can talk to and coffee machines with little tiny cups that do all the hard work for you. It’s great.
Unfortunately, we’re still not at the point yet where everything can be made easy. Some things, like the tiring and frustrating process of moving, are still pretty hard. Luckily, it’s the Information Age, so there are countless resources that exist to help you make your move a little bit easier, just like this blog post!
- Make a checklist. Checklists are the key to being organized. People love lists. There’s something about the human brain that makes it so easy to process things in list-form. Shopping lists, Top 10 lists, checklists, inventory lists, To-Do lists, whatever it is you have to do, making a checklist and crossing off each task as you go will simplify things for you and remove a whole lot of stress along the way.
- Start planning as early as possible. As soon as the final decision to move has been carried out, begin your planning. It’s never too early to start planning, and you can never be too prepared. Buy your packing materials, scope out your new neighborhood, pick out your kids’ school, notify your friends, family and employers and take care of anything else that needs to be taken care of ahead of your move so that when the time comes to pack up and ship out, you have nothing else on your plate to distract you and stress you out.
- Change your address before you move. This is something that is easy to miss in the hectic time leading up to your move date, but it’s something that you’re better off getting down before you move. Forgetting to change your address until after you’ve already moved into your new home can cause all kinds of confusion, like having important bills and packages sent to your old address and possibly missing out on payments that can hurt your credit.
- Shut off utilities. Along the same lines of not forgetting to change your address before you move is calling up your utility services and notifying them of your move well in advance. This will save you the hassle of getting charged for water, electric and cable for a house you no longer live in, and having to call them up after you move to get everything straightened out.
- Track your budget. Moving can be quite expensive and it’s easy to overlook just how quickly all of the expenses add up. Your packing materials, the moving company you hire to help you with the move, the boxes and the trucks you rent all add up to a pretty hefty sum, and it can be easy to lose track of everything and overshoot your budget by paying for things you can’t afford. By tracking your budget and setting an amount ahead of time that you’re allowed to spend on the move, you won’t lose track and will be able to leave just enough money to cover your moving expenses.