No matter how much you don't want to do it, you need to draw up a moving checklist. You'll thank yourself in the future, and as everyone in the whole world will be able to tell you, moving is pretty dreadful without (and with) the right preparation.
Your moving checklist can be your sense of order among the chaos, a sacred manuscript to find solace in, or simply just a checklist. It's up to you.
It's worth remembering that moving doesn't have to be bad by any means. It is the start of an exciting new adventure, after all.
Here are some pointers you might find handy to include on your moving checklist.
Have you got the storage sorted? This is a fairly tricky one because your storage can be expensive, and there's no telling what you might suddenly need having just packed it away.
Storage is vital in making sure that all of your possessions are properly looked after and kept safe during and after the move.
Thankfully, there are some wonderful cost-effective options out there, storagearea.com being a prime example of where to find them.
Labeling your boxes might seem like a massively insignificant and pointlessly wasteful idea right now, but once you start unpacking at the other end, it can prove to be the most invaluable undertaking known to humanity.
Get yourself some labels! Whether they're simple color-coded stickers or a meaty description of the contents inside, labeling your belongings can save you so much time and energy.
The most boring yet possibly most important part of the process is the paperwork. Make sure you have the right documents with you for moving day; otherwise, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle.
Important documents might include the deeds to the new property, insurance documents, utility bills, receipts, passports, or generally any document you need to prove you're the new tenant of the building.
It's important to make sure that all of your devices are sufficiently charged and ready for action! Moving day can be mind-crushingly long and strenuous, so you'll likely need your phone to complain about it on social media.
You may also need to call up your friends and loved ones in case of an emergency, or just for a chat and some moral support.
First Night Bag
The first night in the new place can be an overwhelming one. After all, you're under an unfamiliar roof surrounded by what feels like trillions of cardboard boxes.
A first-night bag is extremely useful here, as it can help you feel safe, secure, and comfortable. For example, you might want to put your favorite teddy bear in it, a scented candle that reminds you of your old home, a bottle of Chardonnay, or a good book that makes you happy.
Ultimately, your checklist should cater to your personal situation, but these are some good basics to be getting on with for now. Don't make it too long, though. There's only so much you can do before it becomes trivial, and the move will likely be over before you know it.