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The Organized MovePacking
Packing for a move is a chance for a fresh start. With supplies in hand - like boxes, garbage bags, labels and markers - clear out what you don't want, safely pack and label what you do want, and submit your change-of-address notices. Your move will be smooth sailing.
Before packing, you will need to make sure you have adequate packing supplies. Be sure to have several size boxes , such as shoeboxes for small things as desk items, and large ones for dishes, etc. Boxes can be bought, or found on delivery days at grocery stores, restaurants and liquor stores. You will also need thick markers, packing tape and tissue paper or newspaper for wrapping fragile items. Garbage bags can also be used to put over hanging clothes. If you know things are going to be stored somewhere in your new home, get organized ahead of time and buy plastic storage containers and move them like that, rather than unpack them later and re-put them away in the containers. Save yourself a step!
When packing, be sure to label the boxes according to what room they will be going in, as well as content. You may have ten kitchen boxes, but which one are the dishes in? The mugs? This will make unloading much easier, as well as unpacking. Also, do not pack more in a box or bag than you can carry. A friend of mine once put papers in a trash bag, thinking that paper is light. When she was done, she went to pick it up, and she could not lift it. She had to drag it. Be aware how you are packing. You would not want to struggle when it comes time for the move.
An address change can take a week or so to process, so change your address early. You can do this by picking up a form at a post office. The form is actually in a packet that also contains coupons pertaining to things needed by movers. For quite a while, perhaps up to a year, the post office will forward mail for you. However, to get your mail quicker, you should also change your address with the people who send you your mail. Utilities of course will be aware of your move, sine you will be either shutting them off, or transferring the account, which will be discussed later. Many times, companies have a spot on every bill for you to note an address change. In addition, you can call them yourself to update it. Here is a partial list of some to get your mind rolling:
In addition to notifying companies about your address change, you may also need to make changes to things you use that contain your address and phone number. Do you use a rubber stamp for your return address? Do you use labels? Do you need new checks? Do you have a home-based business with stationery, and business cards? Do you need to change the number on your fax machine? (My fax machine still prints my old number on the sheets…)
In addition to the necessities of utilities, you will need to get the extras.