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Getting Organized for Your Move:
Here is a checklist of numerous organizing activities to consider when you move. We think you’ll find it helpful as you get ready for the big event!

Take inventory of your home. Decide what to keep and what to give away. Donate items that you no longer want or have a yard sale.
Buy a large, sturdy accordion file for all important moving-related documents. Many moving expenses are tax deductible, so keep all receipts. Use the file to also organize important household papers.
As for moving related expenses, call the IRS and ask for Publication 521: "Tax Information On Moving Expenses."
Make your travel plans if they are a part of your move—hotel, rental car or airline reservations.
Check on insurance coverage for your possessions while in storage.
Ask your pharmacy about transferring your prescription to a pharmacy closer to your new location.
If you have school-age children, talk to your current school and the new one to find out how to complete the transfer.
If you’ll be changing banks, open your accounts and order new checks in advance.
Start packing belongings that you don’t often use.
Make sure you filed a "Change Of Address" form with the post office.
Arrange to have your utilities stopped at your old address a day after you’ve moved out, and request that any deposits be returned. Call the local utilities serving your new address to have service connected a day before you move in. Contact the following utility companies:
  • Phone
  • Heat / Electric
  • Water
  • Cable
  • Trash Removal
Once you have your new phone number, call your long distance carrier directly and sign up for, or transfer, special savings programs and services.
Cancel (or transfer, if appropriate) newspaper delivery at your old address.
Pack a "survival" kit: Identify what each person in your household must have while you’re in the midst of moving—from special foods to prescription drugs. Other items may include:
  • Keys to your new home
  • Basic tools: hammer, screwdriver, nails, masking tape, tape measure, flashlight, light bulbs, pocket knife, trash bags
  • Bathroom essentials: towel, soap, toilet paper, personal items
  • Kitchen essentials: snacks, paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils
  • Other items: eyeglasses, address book, checkbook, telephone, clock, a change of clothes, prescriptions
Make sure you have the following items on hand in preparation for the big moving day:
  • The keys to your new residence
  • Phone number, address and directions to your new home
  • The file with all of your moving-related documents.
  • Friends and family members recruited to help!


Packing Up:

Start with the essentials: sturdy cartons, newsprint for wrapping things up, tape, scissors, felt tip markers to number and label each box. Make a list of each box. Mark on each box where it belongs in your new place.
When packing your storage container, be sure to use the storage inventory list provided by us to indicate which possessions are located in each container (if you are loading more than one container), and also its general packing location inside of each container.
Put your heaviest items in smaller boxes by themselves. Put your lighter items together in larger boxes. That way you avoid the "crush factor" that can happen with any shifting which may occur during the move.
Wrap fragile items, like dishes and vases, individually. Pad the box in which you pack them with towels, sheets, or clothing. Dish Pak and Glass Pack cartons are especially suited for packing fragile items. Clearly mark appropriate boxes "fragile".
Put smaller boxes filled with fragile items inside larger boxes.
For furniture and lamps that must be dismantled, put the hardware into a plastic bag. Tape the bag directly to the piece of furniture itself. That way you’ll know what goes with what. Better yet, take a picture of what you are about to take apart, so you can put it back together the way it was.
If you have duplicates of something, such as bed frames, it helps to mark them (and the parts) "A" and "B" to avoid mix-ups.
Load and lock your Door To Door storage containers before 8:00am on the day of your container pick-up appointment date.
Get a good night’s sleep.

Moving Day At The New Place:

Keep the floor plan of your new residence with you for quick reference—when the couch gets unloaded, you’ll know exactly where it should go.
Plug in large appliances and electronic equipment, like your TV and stereo, before that big piece of furniture blocks the outlet.
Put your moving "survival kit" in a place you won’t forget, like the bathtub. Crazy? Hardly. You’ll know where to find it.
Have your cable hook-up scheduled for the day of your move.

Getting Settled:

Before you unpack, take the time to clean each room and wipe out drawers.
Create a "move-free" zone to relax in at the end of the day—a room free of boxes and clutter. Set up the TV or stereo, bring in some furniture, turn on the lamps. It may not be permanent, but it’ll help you feel at home.
Unpack your bedding and make up the beds as soon as they’re in place, not when you’re dog-tired at the end of the day. Set up your bedside stand with a lamp and a clock.
Next, focus on the bathroom: organize your medicine cabinet, hang your shower curtain, and set out some towels.
Clear an area of the kitchen for your cooking essentials.
If you have an extra room you won’t be using for awhile, keep nonessential boxes there.

After The Move:

Mail that has been forwarded from your old address will have a yellow address label on it. Notify the sender of your new address.
Change your voter’s registration to account for your new location.
Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to notify them of your move and update your driver’s license and vehicle registration.
If you will have a new doctor and dentist, provide them with your medical history.
Smile. Your moved!