WE’RE MOVING! Club Wilfon is undergoing a change of address.
We are at the tail end of buying a new (to us, but actually historic) home in our current town that will give the girls more space and cut time off of Justin’s commute. We’re so excited… or will be once the packing is all done. And then unpacking is done too. Also… it’s the holidays. So, I think my kids will get a proper Christmas at some point!
That’s the state of my kitchen right now. Woof.
I’m making a plan to get moved in as easily as possible. Fail to plan, plan to fail. Here are a few of the things that you should consider before making a move (mostly to keep the stress at a minimum):
Make A List
Before you do anything else, make a list! This will help you stay organized and sane, for the most part. If you do not know where to start when it comes to making a list, I highly recommend searching moving lists on Google and on Pinterest – this will give you a great starting place. Then, once you have a good starting spot, make sure to fill it with things that are personalized to you and your moving experience. For example, if you need to find a babysitter for your kids for the big day, write that down. If you want to get your dog bathed before moving into your new home, write that down. If you need to schedule movers, write it down. Buy boxes? You get it. Put it on paper or in your phone and keep your life together.
Change Your Address
There are a lot of people that you need to notify when it comes to changing your address. First of all, BEFORE you move into your new home, you should start working on a change of address through USPS. Do it as soon as possible because there’s a waiting period and you don’t want anything delivered to your old home. https://moversguide.usps.com/mgo/disclaimer
Once you do change your address, there are many people and places that you need to notify. Here are most of them: USPS (where you change your address), DMV, IRS, Social Security, Voter Registration (you can do this through USPS too), utilities, cable, internet, banks and investment services, loan issuers, credit card companies, your CPA, your utility companies, car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, health insurance (and all of the other insurances), employers, doctors, dentist, lawyers, your veterinarian, your childcare, and any memberships that you might have. Yep. LONG list! Luckily, Justin took care of almost all of this for us (MVP!!!).
Getting Rid Of Things You Don’t Need
Packing and unpacking ARE. THE. WORST. I try to get rid of the things as I pack up. When packing, make 4 piles: keep, donate, sell, trash. When going through your bathroom, if you have old jewelry you’re not wearing… sell it. Bless and release. There are many places in the area that will allow you to sell jewelry in Atlanta such as the private offices of Chapes-JPL. Chapes-JPL has a commitment to service, confidentiality, and integrity and they are ready to help you succeed financially. Located out of Buckhead, they have been buying valuables & giving collateral loans on valuables for over 38 years. If you have other items to sell, such as clothes, check out places such as eBay, Poshmark, Facebook marketplace, Nextdoor, or a consignment store.
Prepare Your New Home
Before you officially move in, get your place ready! If you are doing any renovations, do them before moving in your furniture. We are getting carpet installed before we get our stuff moved. It actually cost less to do this, because you’re not paying them to move everything out. Also, carpet other people lived on just feels icky to me! Once any needed or wanted renovations are completed, hire a cleaner to do a deep clean before you move in your things. This will allow you to get every nook and cranny clean without furniture and other items in the way and it will take some stress out of moving if you’re not scrambling to clean after you arrive. Now you can enjoy your new home!