There's so much to do and so little time. You might feel overwhelmed as you begin planning your move. But once you know what needs to be done (based on the type and distance of your move), planning becomes much easier.
A moving calendar will really help reduce stress. Sketch out a rough moving calendar in your Smart Moving Notebook. Or use a wall or desk calendar. Or get one from a moving company or a truck rental outfit. The important thing is to get a clear image of the tasks that need to be completed and an idea of timing. As moving day moves closer you can fill in more details and begin to cross off completed tasks.
Where to start? Start your moving calendar with moving day and plan backward, allowing ample time to complete each task. No task is too small to list. Your calendar should include everything from "decide on a moving company" to "notify milkman to stop delivery" to "get Fido's shots up-to-date" and "return the library books."
Moving is a group effort, so get the whole family involved in creating the calendar and in completing the scheduled tasks. After something is written on the calendar, you can forget worrying about it and know that it will be remembered and done at the proper time.
So what kind of calendar should you use to keep track of your moving project? A Garfield calendar? Dilbert? Miss Spare Parts? Hunks of Holland?
Whatever works! For example, we have used a 24" X 36" 60-day organizer plastic-coated wall calendar. It has 2" X 3" day boxes that cover two months of planning—lots of room to write things. Erasure is easy. And you can see the whole moving project at one time. These calendars cost $10 to $15 at larger stationery stores. Other sizes are available and will fit most moving schedules.
Or you can use a computer scheduling program, a free calendar from your insurance company, an executive calendar notebook, or a few sheets of paper and a ruler.
An easily accessible moving calendar, for example, enables your family to check information or make notes easily. Moving becomes a group adventure and everyone can participate.
Your moving calendar gives you a place to personalize and prioritize the suggestions in this website. You can use the calendar to make the suggestions specific and timely.
What will you write on your moving calendar? Contacts, deadlines, steps, appointments, reminders, estimates, costs, and other useful info.
Make sure you keep your moving calendar up to date—especially if more than one person is using it. You don't want to duplicate efforts or overlook something important because someone forgot to update the calendar.
If you are the primary planner, consider using a notebook or other more portable calendar. You can then update the calendar while waiting for the dentist, riding the bus to work, or waiting in a restaurant for your late-great-date.