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You may have done all of the proper planning before your move, but it's important to stay organized on moving day and see the process the whole way through. Keep your eyes on the prize and learn the various ways to maintain order throughout the entire moving process, especially the stressful moving day.

Make lists

Keeping a list is a good way to make sure you have all of your ducks in a row. You can even make a few different lists to organize everything from tasks to inventory.
  • Write out a "to-do" checklist. As you complete tasks, check them off to let yourself know you're progressing the way you planned.
  • Keep inventory of your items. Create an organized list when you pack your belongings, and refer back to it as you or your movers load the items onto the truck. This will also be helpful as you unpack because you will have a detailed list of every item you moved with and where it is.
  • Have somebody else keep track of tasks. You can't do it all. Delegate tasks as necessary to take some of the weight off of your shoulders on moving day. This co-pilot should be somebody organized and trustworthy, such as a spouse, significant other or a family member who is old enough to take responsibility seriously.

Mind potential hurdles

On moving day, you are going to have plenty of things to worry about. Try to identify problems before you are faced with them; attempt to predict situations you'll have to deal with and plan accordingly.
  • Organize your paperwork. Make sure your receipts and important documents are in safe places during your move. If you hire a professional moving company, keep your bill of lading in a secure and easily accessible location on moving day.
  • Organize your family. If you have children, decide what to do with them prior to moving day. Young kids may be better off at a relative or friend's house, or even a daycare centre. Think ahead to keep your children safe and happy. Pre-teens may get bored, so you should allow them to keep busy during the moving process. Of course, older and more capable children can assist with the move -- whether it be loading the truck, monitoring one of your lists or keeping the movers organized.
  • Take care of your pets. You can put another family member in charge of your pet for the day, or you can contain your animal in a room of the house in which it will not be disturbed or frightened by the movers. Planning ahead and tending to your pet effectively is a great way to reduce the stress of moving day.
  • Pack an overnight kit. Be sure to prepare for your first night or two in the new home and pack the essentials for you and your family. Your survival kit should consist of items such as toiletries, extra clothes, phone chargers and any necessary medication.

Fail to plan, plan to fail

Moving is a daunting task, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the stress of moving day and facilitate the transition from your old home to your new one. Be sure to stay organized and prepare for anything!

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on October 28, 2014

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