Moving ranks as one of the more stressful things you will do in your life. Between deciding on a new house, packing up everything you own, learning new patterns, and getting your new home situated - there is a lot to do. And if you are anything like me, when I get stressed out my brain shuts down.
That is why we need something outside our brain to keep us organized. We need a place where we can store all the information we need to complete our move from A to Z. Enter, the Move Journal. A move journal is a place where you can keep all the phone numbers, estimates, and to do lists you will need as you move. It is a great way to keep organized.
Follow along and learn how to create your own move journal.
Store everything in there
A system is only as good as how you use it. That is why it is important to store all needed information in it. The journal you choose should have a folder for loose papers such as estimates. It should be small enough to easily travel with you. And it should look crisp and clean. Store items in there such as:
- phone numbers for utilities companies
- phone numbers for telephone and cable companies
- phone number and addresses for new schools
- phone number for real estate agents
- phone number for mortgage broker
- all to do lists
- moving estimates
- real estate agreements
- loan agreements
If you have everything in one place you will never have to think about where to look for information and your life will become a little less stressful.
Keep it handy
The system is also as good as how available it is. If you do the work of putting all needed information in it and leave it in your car or at home, your system will be more of a burden than an asset. That is why it is important to make sure it is portable and clean. If it is always with you, you will want it easy to handle and attractive.
Keep it after the move
Lastly, keep your journal after you move. I would recommend hanging onto it for about six months. The craziest things pop up and you want the information around so that you can refer back to it. You just never know when you will need a phone number or the name of contractor that you spoke to.
If you have a trusted system in place to hold all your needed information, you move will be smooth and a lot moor organized. I hope this helps and remember, at Apex, we are on your side.