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Technology Tip: Google Helps Organize Your Move
Google produces a plethora of tools that enable a person’s life to be organized to the max. Since we’re always trying to make moves easier and less stressful, we decided to investigate and test many of Google’s tools to determine which would be most helpful during an interstate move.
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to create a Google account to use the tools listed below.
Gmail is Google’s official email system. If you use Gmail, or choose to use it in the future, it serves as a one-stop-shop for all of Google’s other tools mentioned in this article. An added bonus of using Gmail during the moving process is that you can use the account for all of your electronic communications related to the moving experience: full-service moving companies, cleaning companies, utilities, and other services.
Moving and relocating is a long process with many moving parts, appointments, scheduled phone calls, and general information to keep track of. Using a Google Calendar could become your new best friend as you’re able to stay on top off all your commitments and responsibilities. Helpful tip: Google Calendar syncs nicely onto your smart phone.
Google Drive acts as an electronic file storage site. You can store moving contracts and other moving-related paperwork, lists and more. You will no longer have to worry about losing or misplacing important, loose papers.
Not to worry: while you’re en route to your new home, you’ll be able to access all of your files via your tablet or your smart phone so you’ll never be more than a click away.
In Google Drive, you’ll also have access to Google Docs: Google’s document creation tools. You can create spreadsheets to help you maintain an inventory of your belongings or lists of items that you’ve donated during downsizing for tax purposes, just as a few examples.
Google Maps isn’t just a tool to get directions. It’s a very powerful component of Google’s arsenal of organizational aids. You can use Maps in a variety of ways during your move. Here are a few of our suggestions:
- Take a street-level tour of your new neighborhood
- Investigate the nearest home improvement stores, convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, post offices, and other essential locations in proximity to your new home
- Plan the driving route between your old home and your new home
Google Tasks is simply a “to do” list tool. You can create as many task lists as you need and name each one for easy organization. You can also sync your Google Tasks with your Google Calendar if you wish. Think about how convenient it would be to have multiple to do lists in your hand via your smart phone as you’re packing, donating and throwing out belongings. You can also do the gratifying task of checking items off lists as soon as you complete them.
Google Keep is a handy place for storing thoughts and other inspirations. You can drop images into a Keep note for those times when inspiration for decorating your new home strikes, or just to make a note of an idea someone mentions to you.
YouTube has become one of the best do-it-yourself resources there is, and it’s no exception when you’re beginning to plan a move. There are how-to’s on literally everything you can think of: from packing fragile items to giving your house more curb appeal.
It’s near impossible to remember everything you need to do during a move. Put Google and your mobile device to work for you and ease yourself into a less stressful move.