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Three P's of Moving

Gearing up for a Big Move?

If you are doing the packing yourself, you may already be starting to plan: what supplies you’ll need, when to start, and what to pack first and save for last.  If you will have a company coming in to pack for you, and with all the other details that you are taking care of, you may not have packing on your radar.  Either way, doing your own packing or not, taking a moment now to think about these three P’s can make the difference between a peaceful and a stressful move.     

The three P’s I am referring to are, in short: paper, pearls and pills.  Whether you will have a one or two day cross-town move or a four to five day cross-country move, it will benefit you to have control of items that are critical and vital to you and your family.    

Papers:  The papers that you will want to keep in your possession are anything having to do with the move – moving company contract, rental agreements, etc., school registration requirements, identification for each family member.  With the exception of ID, it is also ok to keep these items digitally.  Try using Evernote to take a picture of each document.  Evernote will store them by the date and location the picture was taken.  Make sure you practice this in advance.  When I first tried this, my pictures were not saved because I did not realize I had to make a selection to choose to save them.  

Pearls:  Whatever jewelry you may have of any value should be kept with you at all times or securely stored in a safe or safety deposit box.  Moving time can be confusing; don’t leave your valuables to chance.   

Pills:  Yes, you plan to be at your new home tomorrow, but then the truck breaks down, your flight gets cancelled, there’s a family emergency in Florida and Aunt Alice needs you to get there right away.  Sometimes unexpected things happen. It may not be easy to refill prescription while in transit.  Be sure that you when you travel you bring a two-week supply of medications for each person.   

Naturally, you can spend time post-move searching boxes for these essential three P’s.  I suggest you save yourself the added stress.  Make a list now and, when it’s time, start by setting these items aside.  You’ll be happy that you did.

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5 Comments to Three P's of Moving:

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Stacie on Friday, January 3, 2014 9:45 PM
I just did make a cross-country move and used another 'P' - purge. I found there were things that I just didn't need. I've been looking into professional organizing as a career and found your site when I searched for local organizers. I'd love to meet you at the Home Show and talk more about breaking into the business.
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Annette Reyman on Saturday, January 4, 2014 1:35 PM
Thanks for your sharing that Stacie. Purging prior to a move can save time and money afterward - great tip! I hope we do get a chance to meet and chat at the Philly Home Show!
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high end watches on Monday, January 5, 2015 10:47 AM
Thanks for your post on the vacation industry. I'd personally also like to add that if you are a senior thinking about traveling, it can be absolutely crucial to buy travel insurance for retirees. When traveling, older persons are at greatest risk of having a health emergency. Obtaining the right insurance package for the age group can protect your health and give you peace of mind.
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Jacky on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 9:40 AM
Hahah, the three "P"s, I like how it sounds! That aside, the article is very useful - these are truly the essentials, the most valuable things in our life.
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Kamloops Storage on Friday, July 3, 2015 6:20 AM
The three "P"s you mentioned to keep along with myself is excellent. Last time while I was moving to Kelowna, from Kamloops, I for the pill to keep with me. I have heart problem and need immediate medication when problem arise. And on that suddenly I feel pain on my heart and the medicines were not with me, so I got more pain on that while the Packrat Movers done a great job.
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