You just got the news—you’re moving to another house or even another state! After the first exciting moments, your mind starts whirling with all the plans and details. Starting with your fingers and toes, you get numb all over until you’re left frozen and useless. We call it moving shock. Luckily, we’ve compiled some moving tools that will get you going again and make your move a breeze. Here goes:
Stay organized and on track with your move planning by sticking to a timeline. The resources below offer free move planning checklist and timeline templates that you can print at home.
This week-by-week checklist will remind you of all the essentials, including what you should start packing in your house and when to start. Beginning two months out, you can check off items in the list using the inserted checkboxes. If you have anything extra to add, write them as an additional note in the side and check them off when you’re finished.
Another great week-by-week checklist, Good Housekeeping reminds you about submitting forms and moving subscription services as well as organizing your packing. Again, you will start planning your move about two months in advance and have everything raring to go a week before the big day.
While you certainly can print this checklist, you can also choose to cross off items online too. In addition, this one proves a little simpler, letting you take care of the packing process and reminding you of the essentials.
Labels for Moving Boxes
Correctly labeling your moving boxes is a great way to stay organized while moving. Create and print free labels for your boxes with these resources.
Created by an independent blogger, House For Six provides you with some really nice looking label templates. The blogger, Deme, also provides a lot of creative and useful information about how she used them for her own move.
Leave it to Martha to design a helpful label for packing! In addition to several lines for contents and room labeling, this printable template shows which side of the box is up and helps with color-coding too. If you use this label, you won’t leave your movers or family members guessing about what goes where.
If you like a simple template, print this color-coded option. You’ll get six labels per page, and you can choose to print them with room headings or add the headings yourself. You’ll also get plenty of space to label the boxes’ contents since the label has no preset lines.
Another nice and simple style, you can print these labels with room headings or without. The design also comes with several lines to keep your writing tidy. With its PDF format, you can easily print from any computer without the need for software.
Notify your friends and family that you are moving (or have moved) with these free change of address announcements and cards.
If you’re looking for a free moving tool to announce your new address, use Canva, an online design website for non-designers. You can choose from a wide variety of templates and personalize them easily on your own computer. Then, print it off from home or take the file to a local printer.
For some stylish write-in options, take a peek at some of the designs listed here. You can choose a simple postcard design or find templates for both the envelope and card. One template even includes mounting the announcement to pieces of a moving box!
On this site, you’ll find an option for every need, including free e-card templates and DIY ideas. You’ll also see eight options for letter announcements that will leave you inspired and excited to share your move with the world.
Change Of Address
Changing your address with the Postal Service is a great start but it's only a temporary solution. You will still need to update your address directly with each company. These resources will help you identify who you need to notify of your new address.
For a list of places that you should notify of your move, Allstate provides a printable one with fill-in blanks and checkboxes to keep you organized. The list also tells you important details such as how long you can receive forwarded mail from USPS.
If you’d like to keep your list to a one-pager, try this one by American Lifestyle Magazine. Even though it’s snugly put together, the list goes into ample detail. It reminds you about updating with government agencies as well as changing Fido’s collar tag. The list even manages a few blank spots in case it missed anything.
In Lifehacker’s printable, you’ll find suggested places organized under helpful subheadings. It also has a simple, checkable style and additional lines at the bottom for you to add unlisted businesses.
While changing your address might involve a lot of paperwork, you shouldn’t spend hours finding the papers themselves. Get all the forms in one place with this moving tool—at least for essentials like the DMV and IRS. Be sure to check with your local offices, though, because you may be able to fill out some information online.
Getting There (And Exploring)
There are two very cool features offered by Google Maps that make it easier for you to get where you're going and to explore once you get there.
Your cell phone provider may cover the majority of the United States but, rest assured, there are still dead zones. Luckily, when it comes to directions from Google Maps, you can escape this issue by downloading offline maps.
Google Maps now makes it easier to see what's new in your town and receive recommendations using the "For You" feature. The feature expands upon the popular "Explore" feature and is a great tool when exploring your new home.
You shouldn’t have to stress about your exciting move. With these moving tools, you’re sure to snap out of your shock and get packing in no time. Using some planning and forethought, you can pack your home, hire movers, and settle into your new spot easily.