Your Smart Moving Notebook will be a valuable resource as you plan your move. The notes you've already made in it will help you reduce the stress inherent to moving. Keep it nearby as you read this website and think about your impending move.
As you can see, organization is the most important element of a stress-free move. An organized move will be much easier on the entire family and will save money. It's never too early to start planning your move.
Planning is even more important if you have only a short time in which to prepare for your move. Every hour spent planning your move can save you many hours of work and stress as the move begins. You'll be given numerous easy-to-use planning tools throughout this website to help you minimize stress. Here are a few to get you started:
Begin making notes in your Smart Moving Notebook regarding the time requirements of your move. Answer questions like these:
Who's going where, when and how? This is an important question to ask as you begin considering a move. For example, will some members of your family move before others? Are some simultaneously moving to other places? If everyone is going to the same place, will some drive while others fly?
Also consider what will be moved. For example, maybe it's time to disband the petting zoo before you move cross-country. Or sell off some less-valuable antiques rather than attempt to move them.
One of the most critical parts of your move will be how and when to tell family and friends. Here are some proven guidelines:
Use your notebook to jot down expected problems. A child refuses to move with the family. An aging pet may need special arrangements during the move (or may not be able to make the move). Everyone must leave friends behind. Stresses can build unless foreseen and managed.
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