Prepping For Your Move: Managing Your List of Things-to-Do

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.

For example:

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.

Here are some more moving tips for you to check out:
14 Point Moving Checklist
Things to Do When Moving Out of State


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Kristen Valera is a working girl in the CT area who enjoys finding new places to eat, and has officially made the big move to her first apartment. She hopes her experiences will help others to find their space.

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