The sooner you start going through everything the more time you will have to evaluate whether you need certain items. Chances are good that you will have several boxes of items that can be sold, donated, or thrown away. You may find that the first time you go through everything you hang onto more stuff than you need for sentimental reasons, but if you do a quick sweep again a few weeks later, you will be more willing to let some of that stuff go.
Plan a Garage Sale
When you start to declutter your home early you have more time to plan a garage sale. Plus, if you have the sale early enough, you will have time to throw a second sale with items do not sell, or you can donate them. If you wait until the last minute you will be more likely to pack and move items you have absolutely no use for.
Get Moving Estimates
Hiring movers is an important decision. The earlier you begin to get estimates the more time you have to look into the company and call references. Plus, if you have heavy or large items, such as a piano, pool table, trampoline, hot tub, etc., you might need to hire special movers for those items. You might even decide some things just are not worth moving and they should be sold instead.
Disassemble Items You Don’t Need
Slowly start disassembling large items, such as a jungle gym, pool, outdoor fountains, etc. These are projects that will often take at least half a day. When you spread them out and do one every other week, your body will not feel so abused from exerting all that energy. If you are not comfortable taking these items apart, hire a professional to do it for you.
Most people underestimate the number of boxes they need. You can collect free boxes from retailers, bars, and restaurants. If you start collecting early then you can be choosy and only get the most durable ones. Consider asking the owner of your local liquor store what day he receives deliveries and if it is okay if you stop by once a week to pick them up.
Create a Moving Checklist
There are a lot of things to do and remember. Create your moving checklist as soon as possible, so you have time to get everything done. Not to mention, you will likely keep thinking of things to add so the list will grow. Get a jumpstart on the little tasks you can handle early.
Explore Doctors, Dentists, Optometrists, Vets, and Schools
If it is only you moving a significant distance, you can probably get away with choosing a new doctor after you move. If you have children or pets you will want to know your options and have your decision made on these medical professionals prior to the move. If you have children in school, daycare, dance classes, etc., you will need to decide where they will go in your new city.