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Moving is one of the biggest and arguably one of the most stressful things people go through. There is so much to coordinate: packing, filling out paperwork to ensure all utilities are transferred over, and making sure you have help to move all of your items on moving day.  But what about the things you don’t think about when you think about moving?

Sometimes, it is easy to focus on all of the major things and neglect some of the smaller details that ensure a smooth move. When it comes to moving, being organized is key. 

So, well ahead of moving day, start a checklist of things you will need for those first few days in your new home. Add things to it as you think of them to ensure you have everything covered. 

Here are some things to consider adding to your list to make the moving process smoother. You might also consider a garage sale to get rid of items beforehand that you know you won’t need in your new home. Perhaps friends and family members can use these items. They’ll save money thanks to your donation, and you and your moving company will have less to move!


Moving might cause a headache or aches and pains, so be sure to pack some pain medication to keep on hand. Don’t forget to include any other daily medicine and prescriptions and vitamins that you are required to take by your doctor to ensure you don’t miss any doses. Make sure to double check that you have what you need in your packing materials, especially if you’re moving long distance.

Cleaning supplies

There is no way around it: moving is messy. Toilet cleaner, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and all-purpose cleaner are some good essentials to pack and bring to your new space ahead of time. That way, if any accidents or spills happen at the time of the move, you will be able to clean them up right away.


Bring any bills that need to be paid and mailed during your move. You may not have your internet connection set up right away to pay online, so be sure you pack your bills, a few extra stamps, and a few checks to mail your bills if needed.


We rely on our phones, laptops, and tablets to stay connected to the world around us. Be sure to pack batteries and chargers on moving day or before it so you can stay charged and connected wherever you’re at.

An organized move will be less stressful as you transition into your new living space. Want to alleviate stress even more? Contact our team of experienced movers at Smooth Move People to help with packing and moving, so you can begin your new chapter in life.

We’ve been in business since 1989 — longer than most local Portland moving companies. That means, in addition to our great rates (the lowest we’re allowed to offer!), we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to make your moving day as smooth as possible.

We also provide our customers with a number of resources and information to help make the transition to a new home easier. We encourage you to read through our blog posts for additional information. Be sure to check out the following links, as well. These can help you think about more of the things that you don’t think about when you think about moving!

  • Portland Utilities
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Donate Clothes
  • Furniture Removal Portland
  • Moving Insurance
  • For Seniors
  • Change Of Address
  • Electronics Recycling

We look forward to speaking with you. Get in touch for a free estimate or to schedule your move.

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