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file0001207444674Moving doesn’t have to be stressful.  Around 40 million Americans do it every year.  So whether your move is planned or on short notice, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed.

To help get you through your long “to do” list, here are some important tips to make the process of moving run smoothly:    

If possible, plan your move at least eight weeks in advance.  This will help lessen your stress and give you enough time to get everything done.

Get Organized ~

Choose your moving date so you have something to work towards.

Create a “move file” to keep track of quotes, receipts and other important information.

Start compiling copies of legal and financial records.  Gather up school records, medical, dental, immunizations, prescription, and veterinarian records.

Plan ~

Plan how you will move variables and hard to replace items.  Will they be delivered via certified mail or will you bring them with you?

Hire a moving company.  Consider the size of your new residence and choose what is worth moving.  Does your move involve a climate change?  If so, move those items you are likely to use.

Figure out whether you will be shipping or driving your vehicle.

If you have pets, figure out a way to transport your pet to your new residence with the least amount of stress.  Make sure all vaccinations are up  to date before the move.

Purging and Packing ~

Begin purging your home.  Separate items into those you will keep, donate, or discard.  Plan a garage sale if you want.

Start packing items you don’t use.

Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it is destined for.

Clean ~

Deep clean and sanitize your home using natural cleaning products such as baking soda, lemon juice, borax, olive oil, and distilled white vinegar are great green cleaning alternatives.

Don’t Forget About You ~

Stick to your moving checklist and when the going gets rough, don’t forget about you.  Take  some time to relax and de-stress if needed.  Continue your usual routine of exercising and eating right so you can stay healthy and energized.