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Ready! Pack! Go!

Moving or making a transition to a new environment is always going to involve a little sweat, but the more work you do up front, the less you have to worry about the day of the move. To minimize the anxiety and stress associated with moving, one of the most important things you can do is to be organized and start the moving/planning process right away!

So you’re going to move? What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

U-Haul Moving

1. Determine the date of your move.

Get out a planner, mark the date of your move and determine the number of days that you have for your move, so you can set weekly or daily goals for yourself. For example, plan on packing the bathroom in one day and maybe allowing two days to pack up the bedroom items. Plan a goodbye dinner, etc.

2. What is your new environment like?

Do you have more space or less space? Is it furnished or unfurnished? Do you need to make a list of items to purchase such as an extra bookshelf, a bed, etc.?

3. What items are you moving and how are they going to get to their new home?

Moving toolsa. What type of help do you need? If you need the assistance of a moving company it’s best to begin shopping right away and make a reservation; determine who is available for your desired move date, check their ratings and shop for the best price.

b. Make a list of friends/family who may support you. Call them well in advance so they may add the move date on their calendars and let them know that you’ll be serving food and drinks to thank them for the support (pizza is easy, and a moving favorite).

c. What kings of moving supplies do you need? Boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape and sharpies are usually required. Do you need blankets or a moving dolly for larger items? Make sure you get the supplies so you can begin packing right away.

4. Packing your items.

a. Try to pack like items or items from a particular room in a box. For example, packing kitchenware together makes it easier to unpack and organize in your new environment. Label your boxes so it’s easier to know where they go when you unpack.

b. For non-breakable items such as clothes, towels, linens and blankets use heavy-duty garbage bags. For clothes that you are removing from your closet, create a small hole at the closed end of a garbage bag and place over the hanging part of a group of clothes to form your own clothes bag. If you’re careful enough with your move, you can take the clothes from the hanging bar from your former closet and transfer these clothes to the hanging bar of your new closet. No ironing required!


This is a great time to get rid of clothes that you haven’t worn in a long time, or donate items to a friend or Goodwill. The easiest moves are the ones in which the items are packed and ready to be moved, but it’s even better to have the least amount of items to move☺

6. Plan your moving budget.

Make a list of items needed for your move and the associated costs so that you can budget and prepare for the move.

Notify that you are moving

7. Notify others of your new address.

a. Let your friends/family know you’re moving and provide your new address so they may stay in touch.

b. Visit the local post office or go online to fill out a change of address form so that your mail will make it to your new home.

c. Contact your cable or internet provider to either cancel services or transfer them to your new address.

8. Plan your goodbyes!

Make sure that you plan an evening or two for a special goodbye dinner and to celebrate your new transition.

So remember, plan ahead, get organized and good luck on your new journey as you move on out and, potentially, move on up!

Newsletter Articles – May 2016

CLE trip to Japan

Last summer, I had the privilege of taking part in CLE’s annual trip abroad. Although I learned much about Japan and its culture, this trip helped to solidify many good lessons for me in my everyday life. Traveling with a group of students with disabilities can have its unique challenges; however, with every challenge I had the opportunity to grow and learn about myself as well as the people who traveled with me. Below are what I considered to be the 5 most important lessons that I learned as a result from the trip. Although these lessons apply directly to traveling overseas with groups of students, they also apply in their own ways to “real life” back home.

Traveling with CLE Students

At CLE-Rockville, many of our students are very well traveled, in the U.S. and internationally. (A recent outing to a restaurant featured a table of students all swapping stories of different trips to London … they hadn’t known they all had it in common!) For this month’s travel issue, we interviewed a few students about their favorite trip, and asked for their advice to others setting out on travels.

Travels to Japan

Riley Smith is a student at the Costa Mesa center who traveled with CLE to Japan in summer of 2015. He was interviewed about his experience.

Traveling luggage

by Terri Shermett, Program Director, CLE Davie


At College Living Experience in Fort Lauderdale, we have many students that travel to visit family during their school breaks, or to go on vacations with their loved ones. The instructors of our Independent Living…

This year, CLE students will be traveling across the pond to Great Britain. From July 23rd to August 2nd, students will be exploring England, Edinburgh, Wales and the beautiful landscapes in between.

While students immerse themselves in a new culture and explore a new environment they will have the opportunity to continue to practice their skills sets from budgeting, navigating, developing friendships, and time management.

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