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moving right along... 
a moving checklist
by Leanne Schildroth
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Six weeks before the move

Complete a Change of Address Form with the US Post Office. If your new address has yet to be determined, ask the postal service to hold your mail in their office in your new city.

Also remember to change your address with:

Banks and credit card companies -- tragically, changing zip codes doesn't change the balance owing on your VISA.
Internal Revenue Service -- taxes are an inevitable part of life. Notify the IRS using Form 8822.
Past employer -- they will need to know where to send your W2 form.
Magazines and newspapers -- moving is stressful enough. You certainly don't want to miss a month of "Cosmo" or "Maxim."
Friends and family -- how else will Great Aunt Mimi know where to mail this Christmas' batch of fruit cake?

Transfer memberships in gyms and clubs. Can't remember the last time you laced up your sneakers for a workout? If you're moving out of the city, check to see if you're eligible for a refund.

Obtain medical, dental, legal, financial, and optometrist records. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions. Don't forget about Fido's records from the vet.

Five weeks before the move

Take inventory of your belongings, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, photograph or videotape your stuff (just keep the videotape tasteful and straightforward -- you can save your Martin Scorsese-aspirations for another film project). Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.

Make a list of things that are valuable and/or sentimental. Plan on shipping these by certified mail or carrying them with you.

Not taking that fur-trimmed lamp shade with you? Start planning a yard sale or donating items to charity (bonus points if you remember to get a donor receipt for income tax purposes).

Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another. If it'll be a hassle, consider retiring your dream of a green thumb and giving your plants away.

Start using up food items so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil. Challenge yourself to create new meals based on whatever you have on hand.

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