So, we heard there is a rumour that we’ll be posted in annual posting season (APS) 2013. We don’t know where yet but we’ve booked a house hunting trip (HHT).
I know many of you are asking, how can you book an HHT if you don’t know where you’re going yet? It’s easy. Just like you know when spring break is, but you don’t know where you’re going to spend it yet.
Even though it is only a rumour I’m starting to prepare for moving. I figure we’ve got just over 6 months so here’s what’s happening:
Stop shopping for large amounts of stuff – If I don’t think we’ll finish a bottle of shampoo, Scotch or ketchup in the next 6 months I’m not going to buy any more. Also, if we run out of something, I’ll be buying the smallest size I can even if it is slightly more expensive. If we buy the large bottle and can’t move it, it is just money down the drain.
Start getting rid of stuff – If there is anything we haven’t used this posting, we’re not going to take it on to the next posting. There are a few exceptions. We’re keeping the cross-country skis that still fit us. Just because we didn’t have snow here doesn’t mean we won’t have snow somewhere else. The same goes with some of the heavy-duty winter boots and snow suits.
Organizing stuff – We’ll be starting to group stuff into categories, putting them into proper storage bins where appropriate and labelling bins. Christmas decorations will be packed well when they’re taken down in January so I’m not doing that in June.
Paperwork – I’ll be going through all of our warranty and instruction books for all of the electronics and appliances we own. Model and serial numbers will be written inside the front cover of the warranty/instruction books. I’ll include all the information in a database.
More Paperwork – I’ll be shredding everything we don’t need to move. Anything we do need to move will be filed, labelled, organized and included in the database.
Address Changes – I’ll be noting who is sending us mail and recording that into a database as well. It will be really easy to switch addresses when we’re ready. As we’re subscribed to electronic billing I’ll be doing the same thing with email.
What else do you do when preparing for a posting?