Your final week will be filled with packing, cleaning, and making the final arrangements for your move. Your bank, credit card, cell phone and utility companies should all know your moving date and your new address. Confirm that the utilities are scheduled to be turned on at your new home in time for your arrival.
The items you’ll be packing in your last week include the things you’re still using on a daily basis, and whatever other items you have left to pack. Start consolidating the things you’ve already packed into as few rooms as possible.
During this final week, any rooms that have already been fully packed should be closed off. Give them a thorough cleaning and do any necessary chores like touching up paint.
Turn on all of your appliances to see that they’re in proper working condition; do this now so you can make any required repairs in time for your move. Defrost your freezer if it needs it, and start using up perishable food items.
One of the best things you can do for yourself during your last seven days is to keep a notepad with you at all time. Write down any items you’re going to need to purchase, and any errands you need to run. It’s easy to overlook even the most obvious tasks during the frantic few days before your move.
Take some time to fill out moving announcement cards-you can either purchase them at a stationery store or print them up on your computer-with your new address and phone number (if it’s changing) to send to your friends and relatives. They’ll appreciate the gesture, and the ability to stay in touch.
Developing a simple plan to keep yourself organized and on schedule will go a long way toward keeping the stress level of your move to a manageable level.