There is an overwhelming dread when you mentally list all of the things you have to do when you’re moving into a new place. It goes on and on like a never ending grocery list even though you keep purchasing items. Where do I have to go for this piece of furniture? How much do I have to save to buy this dresser? What kind of utensils do I want for my apartment? What style of cups should I buy? Do I have enough money for all of this? It’s a merry-go-round of excitement with dashes of panic. So much to do, so little time. Literally.
When I moved, I found it helpful to create a timeline and map out all of the things that needed to be completed. If you’re a more visual person, this can make it infinitely easier to keep your ducks in a row when you’re preparing to move out.
It was just an abundance of tasks with a limited amount of time. Most of my days were spent at my full time job and by the time I got home, I was too tired to go to the store to buy small essentials, like kitchen or bathroom items, or even to shop for anything online. Per my example below, I used a simple chart to keep my panic at bay. It can be a list or a visual chart or a series of iPhone reminders. Whatever works best for you.
|Buy kitchen and bathroom items/ bedding||June 15th||$200|
|Buy bed and coffee table||June 20th||$500|
|Buy dining table||Whenever||$200-300|
|Start packing||Week of June 18||N/A|
|Get bank teller’s check||Week of June 25||$1,900|
|Finish packing||Week of June 25||N/A|
|Change over utility costs/ inquire on monthly costs||Start utilities on July 1st||N/A|
Of course, you can customize your chart depending on what tasks you need to do but keep the 3 columns of Action, Deadline, and Budget. Mine was handwritten and included colors to keep it interesting. Honestly, a list of things-to-do can get pretty boring. Staying organized is an essential to making your move a success. There are some people who simplify their process to the extent that they throw their clothes in a bag and others who neatly fold their items and tuck them into a box. It all depends on how your mind functions and how you keep it all in check.