• Start packing. Begin with non-essentials (out-of-season clothes, rarely-used kitchen equipment) and work up to necessities as you get closer to moving day.
• Start taking down art and photos from the wall and patch the holes with a dab of spackle.
• Stop grocery shopping — learn to embrace the makeshift meal and start cleaning out the freezer.
• Change your address with your all financial institutions, credit card providers and insurance.
• Go to USPS to choose a date to begin forwarding your mail (it costs $1).
• Send a mass email to your contacts with your new mailing address.
• Cancel or forward utilities: gas, water, electricity, garbage, cable/internet, phone and cell phone. Remember to collect any refunds from prorated service or deposits.
• Cancel or transfer your subscriptions: newspapers, magazines or Netflix.
• If you have plants to move, stop watering them now so they're not heavy and dripping on moving day.
• Pack, pack, pack.
• Pack an essentials box with everything you'll need for the first night in your new home: sheets so you can make the bed, a few plates, cups and silverware, basic toiletries for a shower, and your phone charger.
• Hire professional cleaners or schedule a block of time to thoroughly clean the empty apartment.
• Leave a written copy of your forwarding address with your landlord so he can return your deposit.
• Do a final walk-through/inspection with your landlord and finally, return the keys.
As for me, I'm beginning week four, so I'm rounding the final stretch. Moving is tough, but it helps immensely to have a plan so it's not so overwhelming. Now it's your turn: what have I forgotten to list that I'll be kicking myself about later? Help!