The big day is getting closer, and your to-do list is getting longer. So where do you start? These small tips can help boost your efficiency and make moving day easier.Start packing. It's never too early! Rule of thumb: If you haven't used it in a month, chances are you won't need it before you move. Safe bets include holiday decorations, last season's clothes, your espresso maker, and about 99% of your books, movies, and music.
- Pack heavy items in small boxes and light items in big boxes.
- Wrap breakables in bubble wrap.
- Fill in empty spaces with clothes, linens and window treatments.
Sell your stuff. If you're not going to need it in your new house, convert it into cash. The sooner you start, the more money you'll get -- buyers are more likely to haggle with a must-go ad.
- List clothes, collectibles and small electronics on eBay.com.
- Sell larger items like furniture and appliances on craigslist.org.
- Put leftovers into a yard sale pile.
- Donate any unsold items on Freecycle.org.
Protect your tech. Back up any important data on your desktop or laptop -- your insurance will cover a busted computer, but it can't buy back your digital photos or half-finished novel. Unplug appliances and electronics 24 hours before you pack them so they have time to cool down. And if you're moving to a new climate, make sure your car is prepped for the trip -- think antifreeze and snow tires for cold weather, coolant for the sun belt, and an oil change for long-distance moves.
Check your mail. Make a note of who sends you snail mail, and notify those companies of your new address. Most banks, credit cards, and service providers send bills on a monthly basis, so if you start keeping track now, you'll have your bases covered by moving day.