According to The Healthy Move Project, an initiative designed to encourage physical and mental safety when relocating, moving is the third most stressful event in a person’s life, right behind death and divorce. It doesn’t help that the average American is likely to move 11-12 times over the course of their life, which stands to reason that everyone should be familiar with a least a few vital moving hacks that can substantially ease these transitions.
While lifting heavy furniture and loading up the Uhaul may seem like the most daunting tasks, the part of the move that you should be most concerned about is organizing your families important paperwork. Heavy lifting can be a pain, but if you misplace your personal identification documents, bank account statements or other valuable paperwork en route to your new home, you could spend months – or even years – recuperating from the loss.
The first thing you should do before moving is to make sure that all vital paperwork – birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports, banking documents and personal wills, for starters – is accounted for. Once you have collected all of these documents, organize them either according to file type or family member and place accordingly in separate folders. Once these folders have been created, physically store the information in a concealed file box with a lid.
That’s the simple part.
Just getting all of these items organized will help make the next few steps a lot easier. If you only go this far and decide to dump this box into a moving truck only for it to somehow get misplaced along the way (as these things are want to do), you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Rather, you need to take the “new school” approach to moving that entails essentially backing up all of these physical documents with digital copies.
While you may have historically made photocopies of these documents for your records, keeping digital copies is a lot safer. The physical copies are much more likely to get misplaced and potentially fall into the hands of an identity thief than a digital copy that is only accessible either through your phone, the cloud or a digital storage device like Link from Fasetto.
Take images of these documents with your smart phone and save them. Make sure that you’re phone has a unique password and that you have secure backup or access to encrypted cloud storage.
You may also want to email these pictures to your personal account and save them on an external hard drive like Link from Fasetto, or a secure cloud-based service like the Fasetto cloud storage app. These are safe storage methods that are easy to travel with and give you the option to share files saved on Link between friends and family, without exchanging information directly over the public cloud.