What to do after you have moved in

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After you have been in your new home for about a month, it is time to complete the settling in process.

Follow these five steps and you may forget you ever moved.

1. Boxes! Boxes! Boxes!

To truly feel moved in, the first task is to get rid of all the empty moving boxes. Be green and save green by asking your moving company if they have a box return program. Other ways to reuse boxes is to flatten them and put them out on recycling day or use them for storage of keepsakes, holiday décor and other items you only need on occasion.

2. Mail A Postcard to Yourself

Check in with the post office to make sure they have your mail forwarding service set up correctly. Then send a friendly postcard to yourself, address it to you at your old address and wait and see if it gets forwarded to your new address.

3. Update Your Driver’s License

No one enjoys visiting the DMV and the good news is you don’t have to! You can change your address online. You must report your new address within 30 days of your move to the Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles.

4. Survey Your Stuff

After a month of living in your new home, you probably know what furniture, kitchen tools, artwork and even clothes fit into your new place. Rather than stumbling over the stuff that you don’t need, give it to someone that does need it and will give it a good home. Create two labels: “donate” and “give to friends & family.” Then do it!

5. Vote!

Your voter registration does not move with you. If you move within your existing county, you must complete a new voter registration form to update your new address. If you move to a different county or state, you must re-register with your new county and/or state.

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