Moving Planner: Seven Weeks before the Move

Why pack it? Donate to charity!

Rather than going to all the trouble of packing and moving items that you’re probably only going to throw out later, try and decide which items you don’t need to take with you. While you could either have a yard sale or give them away to friends, a solution that we’d like to recommend is to donate to charity. In the six to eight weeks prior to the move, rummage through all of that stuff that you’ve left in storage for so long. That old set of dishes and cutlery, or that spare bed and mattresses might be just what a struggling new couple needs. A good rule of thumb is this – if you haven’t used something for a year or two and haven’t missed it, it’s probably time to pass it along to someone else. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, please follow our charitable organizations links here. And remember, most long-distance moving companies charge and the basis of weight, so the more you leave, the more you save!

Find out about the place you’re going to!

If you’re simply planning a local move, you can probably skip this step. But if you’re moving to a distant city or country, you should definitely start this research at least six or seven weeks prior to your move. There are hundreds of good city and travel sites on the Internet, and if you’re interested you can look at some of our city reviews and links on our city research pages here.

Lots more classes, lots more books: School

If you have children, you’ll want to get started registering them into their new schools. Call the school or school board that will be attending, and try to get their new teacher’s phone numbers so that you can speak with them directly. Try to involve your children in the process, so that they’ll have at least six or seven weeks for for the idea of the move to sink in. The more that you can involve them, the less apprehensive they will be about the move.

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