There isn't much fun in moving. But one of the moving must-do's that can be a break from the mundane is notifying that your address is changing. After a day of getting documents notarized, packing, cleaning, scheduling and organizing, sit down with a cup of tea (or wine . . . or coffee . . . or vegan kale protein shake . . . or whatever trips your trigger), put your feet up and let the creative juices flow.
Of course, notifying your credit cards, insurance, investments and others that you do business with can now be done, in most cases, by filling out an online form. And your utilities will require shut-off and turn-on scheduling as well. But when it comes to family, friends and others in your personal life, why not have some fun with announcing your move?
Do-it-Yourself Change-of-Address Cards
These can be loads of fun. When you DIY it, you can personalize your change-of-address cards using maps, family photos, and pictures of your new house. You can also get creative with your announcement, playing on words and letting your circle know exactly how excited you are about the big move. Use maps to show everyone exactly where you're going and where you've been.
Martha Stewart magazine and website has some beautiful ideas for personalizing your change-of-address cards. I love the state shapes!
This one I love - It's like a little poster!
This is from Minted, where you can find other fun, creative ways to announce your move.
Or use pictures to really personalize your address change.
Quick and Easy Change-of-Address Cards
The standard fill-in-the-blank pre-printed change-of-address cards have come a along way, too. If you're not up to a big creative moment, and you're in a hurry, check out a Hallmark or a nice stationary store for some of these cool change-of-address cards.
Here's a fun idea I got from my sister and her husband: Buy some postcards of attractions in your new city and mail them out with your new address.
Love antiques? Pick up a stack of vintage blank postcards from a flea market or antique store, and hand-write your address change and put them in the mail. Your recipients will have your new address - plus a beautiful keepsake.
Online Change-of-Address Notifications
I know, I know, all this creativity is great, but wouldn't it be easier to join the 21st century and get your new address out there the easy and fast way - online? Sure, but you can still have fun with it. Check out MailChimp and other online source for invitations, announcements and newsletters. You can send your notification to your entire address book in minutes.
And the Best of the Best, In My Opinion
This fabric announcement is from Petal and Print.
Whaat? An interactive moving truck. You can get it here.
Gotta love a paper airplane. From Peartree Greetings.
JessicaSprague.com is the creator of this fabulous idea - cards on each family member.
And FINALLY, a use for those old paint chip cards!
If you like Diane's humorous take on moving, you'll love her book Home Sweet Homes: How Bundt Cakes, Bubble Wrap, and My Accent Helped Me Survive Nine Moves.