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  4. Nine tips for a good move
    1. The task of packing can be easier if you take time to plan it out. Which rooms can you conquer first? Should you pack the kitchen last since you have a family to cook for? Can you handle packing on your own, or will you need to make calls to find or hire help?
    2. Now that you have a plan of action for packing, make a list of the items you will need. Boxes and tape are probably at the top of the list, along with markers and packing material. Before you shop for supplies, you can ask others who have just moved to see if they still have spare moving supplies on hand. And store managers may have used boxes to spare if you ask them nicely.
    3. Listing the tasks that need to be done can help you minimize stress, stay on track and ensure that nothing important is overlooked. No to-do item is too small because the stress of moving can cause forgetfulness. The simple act of writing down duties like "feed dog" or "take out trash" can be helpful. Try making to-do lists for each room or for each member of the family. Lists on sticky notes can be left in strategic places.
    4. Packing can be tiring and tedious. Set short-term goals to break the packing process into smaller bites. Try finishing one room a week or packing three boxes a night. Eliminate stress by starting early and taking the time to sift through and sort belongings. This is a great time to donate items that you no longer need.
    5. Ask important questions to plot out the move. Will you hire movers, or will you rent a truck and move yourself? Will you ask friends for help? How much will each option cost? What time of day will the move start, and how long will it take? If you have children or pets, will you need a sitter? Plan the move carefully to encounter fewer unforeseen challenges.
    6. Reduce frustration and stress by labeling all boxes on the top and at least two sides, so you can easily locate essentials when you have moved into your new home. After a long move, the last thing you will want to do is hunt through a stack of boxes just to find a bath towel or drinking glass.
    7. If possible, schedule utilities to be connected at your new residence a few days prior to the move in case there are issues like scheduling conflicts with the power company. At your old residence, leave utilities connected for a few extra days in case you need to return to clean before handing the keys over. Make a list of utility-company contact information and connection/disconnection dates and fees to help plan this part of the move.
    8. Remember that the Post Office and many of your online accounts, insurance companies, financial institutions, schools, employers and other entities that contact you regularly will want to know where you are. Some will require in-person or faxed address-change forms, but the Post Office has an online Change of Address order, and a mass email to friends and family can help you save time and stay connected.
    9. Moving is stressful, but following these steps can help you reduce anxiety and have a smoother transition. Take some time to appreciate the accomplishment of moving and the fact that you are in a new place!
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