When moving house, many people will find that they come to rely on a simple document, known as their moving checklist. Though the style and depth may vary from person to person, depending on the personality of the writer, the list allows a person to ensure that their moving house remains a simple and easy process. Creating a list reduces the risk of forgetting vital pieces of information or ignoring a necessary step. So while the list is clearly a very useful tool, what would happen if it were to get somehow lost or damaged? The information contained within is of the utmost importance and many come to rely on their list as a steadying help in a time of great physical and mental upheaval. This article will provide you with a number of options to ensure that the list is kept safe and sound at all times. The traditional format of a moving list is a simple paper document. Whereas this is the most simple item to create, it is also not the most physical lasting or imperious format. Relying on a piece of paper when surrounded by an ever changing and possible new environment can lead to a great deal of stress when the document is damaged. To combat this, you can always store your list in a more lasting casing. A simple plastic folder will help the document stand up to splashes from new sinks or unexpected showers of rain. You can always quickly slip the list out to make changes on the go. For a slightly more permanent option, you might choose to laminate your list. Though this will offer even greater protection - especially against getting torn/ripped and from other general wear and tear – it will make the list more difficult to edit and change during the moving process. These are options to prevent the list from getting damaged, but what if – amid the hassle and confusion of a move – the list is misplaced or left behind? By creating backups of the document, you allow yourself the comfort of knowing that the list is not lost forever. There are two main options when deciding to make a backup: you can make either digital or physical copies. A physical copy of your list will allow you to straight away have version space copy at hand with the exact same information. By either creating the original list on a computer and printing numerous copies or photocopying the initial list, you have the option of creating as many lists as you like and placing them in convenient and useful locations. However, these new, additional lists can fall victim to the same threats as the original document: loss, damage, wear and tear. Coupled with this is the environmental impact of using a large amount of paper when digital options are available. If you have a digital copy of your list, you can circumvent a great deal of the threats facing a moving list, as well as opening yourself up to a world of new possibilities. If you have created the list on a computer, then you already have a digital copy. If the list is hand written, all you need to do is scan it or take a photo and you have a digital copy. Once you have this file, you can store it on a number of physical mediums – hard disks, memory cards, USB storage devices. Having the file scattered across several platforms is a simple way of maintaining a number of backups. Similarly, with advances in cloud computing, you care able to store you list online. Uploading the list to a cloud storage server, or even emailing the file to yourself, will allow you the option of accessing and editing your list wherever you are. A move can be a hectic time. Coming to rely on a moving list to organise yourself can be risky, if something were to happen to the list. By protecting the list itself and by creating backups, you remove the stress of having to rely on a single document. This can further alleviate the stress and hassle and allow you to focus on your new home.