Moving is exciting and a great way to revamp your life, but it is also extremely stressful and the worst. Having moved every year of my life from 2009-2013 and now again in 2015 to my first “big girl apartment” – I thought I would share with you a few moving tips if you’re moving within the same city/state (like me!):
- Make a plan and stick to it. Make a list of all the rooms in your new house/apartment before you even start packing. Then, use these names on your boxes, this will save everyone time and frustration. You can also color code the tape used on each box.
- Don’t wait. Start decluttering your life now. There is no reason to move clothes, toys, furniture, etc. that you don’t love. Start building that Goodwill/Garage Sale pile NOW. Look at this move as a fresh start and try to get rid of anything that really isn’t vital to your life or brings you joy… think of your new apartment as a blank canvas that you can start fresh with!
- Don’t reinvent the wheel. If you’re moving local there is no reason to take items off their hangers, put them in a box, to have to rehang them once you drive 15-45 minutes away. Simply move hanging items on their hangers. Don’t make this more complicated than it needs to be! I’ve read some tips where people put a garbage bag over the clothes on 5-10 hangers, then running a long twist tie or piece of coated wire through the hangers, just under the hooks and twist together. This will keep any of the hangers from falling down into the bag.
- Russian Nesting Doll Style. Pack inside items! If you have under the bed bins, pack inside them. If you have a large crock pot, pack inside it. If you have a storage ottoman, fill it up! You get the picture. However, if you’re moving yourself, make sure you keep things light!
- Steal boxes. Not even kidding. Your local Kinko’s or OfficeMax will have empty paper boxes that they are going to throw out, so stop in and ask very nicely if you can have them! These boxes are the perfect size, because you can fill them to the brim and still be able to carry them easily on your own (They’re not supposed to give them out, so a smile goes a long way here). Additionally, your local Costco or Sam’s Club will have empty boxes usually by the exit that are yours for the taking!
What are your favorite moving tips?