When you are moving, there is so much to do for the last FEW weeks before you move. Here are a few things that need to happen that last week for sure!
1. Utilities/Services Notified - Making sure you call your utilities to be sure that your name comes off them by the date you intend to leave and checking with your new place and utilities to be sure that they start the day you move is something most of us won't forget. However, you need to be sure other services (cable company, trash service, lawn care providers, pest control services and other weekly or monthly services) are notified and set up as well. Also, don't forget to change online info for things as necessary too. You may want to check your Amazon account or streaming service or any other thing you have you address tied to. Some services you may not need to do until later, but make a list and try to accomplish as much as you can the last week.
2. Postmaster Notified and all Publications - This is good to do the last week as far as the postmaster is concerned, but, your magazines or other newsletters you receive you may want to let know before the last week if you know a time of month something will come. Take a look at what you get, and plan ahead so you don't miss anything.
3. Credit Card, Banks, Investments - Make sure all your financial institutions know about your address change so that you don't have any personal information going to the new owner at your old home. At least do your best to not have this happen! Some places seem to not get it right away--and still make a mistake. But you can do your part by being thorough when you notify them.
4. Extra Cleaning - My advice is to clean as you can when you are packing/moving during the last month. You won't have time to do everything in one day before you move. As the time drawers closer, you may even need to pack some of your cleaning tools or supplies. However, the last week is the time to be sure your appliances are as clean as possible (if they are staying behind), window treatments that are staying and a good vacuuming and dusting is in order. A lot of us don't have the luxury of staying for hours at the empty house to make sure everything is spotless. So, as you empty your cabinets and closets, wipe them out so you don't leave a mess behind. And, double check the last week as you finish things up.
5. Go Through House (prep new house if option) - As I said above, go through the house as you pack up to be sure you get everything. Check drawers, closets and other storage areas. Check the cabinets above the stove and fridge, attic and basement. Take your junk with you when you leave! Even if it is going to be thrown away. Do NOT leave a mess for the new owner. They don't want your stuff, they have their own. They will want a clean, empty space to move into. If you are moving close by, if you have the option, try to give your new place a good cleaning if you can the week before. If you can't, then hopefully the previous owners will have been kind to you and left you a nice, clean space to start out in! If not, at least you will know you did the right thing in your old home.
6. Put aside PRIORITY belongings - The last week nearly everything is being packed except for last minute things. This is the time to put together the necessities you will need when you first move in. First, pack a suitcase for you and family members of clothes for about 5 days, favorite toys or electronic items and essential toiletries. That way you will know where all the important stuff you need everyday is and you will have easy access to it. Also, pack a box with important kitchen items that you will need (paper plates, cups and plastic cutlery, few easy to eat items, COFFEE and COFFEE MAKER--extremely important for all you coffee drinkers out there--and any other kitchen items you feel will be needed day 1). Then, pack a box with bedding and blankets that everyone will need right away as well. If you have all of the most important items together with easy access, that will make your move in WEEK a little easier to bear as you start the fun of UNPACKING in your new place!
7. Say Goodbye to Friends and Neighbors - Sometimes a move isn't that far or a big traumatic experience. Other times, if you have lived in a neighborhood for several years, you need to say goodbye to the friends you have made and say "thank you" to good neighbors you have had. You may want to give them your new address or maybe just let them know in some way that it was nice living close to them. If you don't know your neighbors by name, you still want to be thoughtful as you are moving out by trying to keep things as non-intrusive as possible. Be thoughtful. Be kind. Set the stage for the new people coming in so that they don't inherit old feuds or issues. If you leave with a smile and a wave and maybe a tear or two, it will leave a nice impression for others after you.
8. Say "Goodbye" to Your Home - I don't know about anyone else, but, since I was a little girl, every time I have moved I have said "goodbye" to the home I was leaving. When the house is empty (or when I was a kid, it was when my room was empty) I just stand there for a minute and think about some of the memories that have happened in the space. A lot of times I have cried, sometimes I breathed a sigh of relief but mostly I just took in the moment. Having a roof over you head is a BLESSING. Period. It may not have been perfect, it may have caused you a lot of stress and worry, but, it kept you and your family safe at least one night--but probably many many nights. It deserves your respect and your thankfulness for just that alone, but most likely you have a lot of other reasons to be thankful for the time you spent there. This is the time to leave all the good (and bad) feelings there...and let it go. You are moving on. You need to face your new adventure with an open mind and most of all an open heart. There will be new memories to be had and new worries to face and lots of living to do. So, thank you, old house, thank you and goodbye. "May you be a blessing to those who come after and a safe haven for future generations".