Top 10: Moving Tips
1. Pack as much as possible ahead of time. Anything you won't need immediately can be packed up weeks, if not months, in advance. If you're moving in June, you know you won't need any holiday decor, so that can all be packed up and ready to go long before you start packing up the rest. Same with off-season clothing, books you've already read, etc.
2. Use this as an opportunity to go through your stuff and throw out anything you don't need. I have a friend who packed up and moved everything she had and THEN realized that she had a bunch of stuff that wouldn't work in her new apartment. If you go ahead and get rid of any extra stuff while you're packing, you're killing two birds with one stone by cutting down on the number of things to pack and move while also clearing out clutter!
3. Pack your things in clear storage containers. I know those cardboard boxes are cheap and easy, but by sorting things into plastic, you can see everything in each container and move it accordingly. Once you're all moved in, it's a lot easier to tackle a few containers in each room rather than twenty mystery boxes stacked up in one room! Bonus: they'e great for easy storage in closets, under beds, etc.
4. If you do decide to use boxes, be REALLY specific when you're labeling them. Don't just write "kitchen"; write "dishes" or "tea towels" or "pots and pans." If you have five kitchen boxes, you're going to need your cups and plates a lot sooner than you'll need your spiralizer, so knowing exactly where to go for what you need will be incredibly helpful.
5. Pack up one room at a time. This keeps things from getting too overwhelming, like with the boxes in tip 3. It's way less daunting to start with the kitchen and say, "I have to pack up all these dishes and then I'm completely done in here," then it is to stand in your living room and say, "I have to pack up my clothes, my toiletries, by books, and my dishes today." That's just asking for anxiety!
6. Try to keep from "unpacking" things in order to pack them. If you already have a bunch of things in storage containers and they aren't too unwieldy, leave them! If you have a bunch of clothes or shoes in hanging organizers (like this one from Target), just leave them there and transport the whole thing as one! Wrap your filled silverware organizer in plastic wrap so it can't spill and pack as-is! Pack spices inside your crockpot to keep them together! Pack all your clothes in a big trash bag with the hangers still on! Little tricks like this, as long as they don't take up too much space, can make packing (and unpacking!) a lot easier.
7. Really think about what you're packing in each box. Clothes can be packed in large boxes or containers because they don't weigh a ton. Books, on the other hand, get really heavy really quickly so they should be packed in much smaller boxes. Also, don't mix things from different rooms in the same box; cookbooks, for example, should be kept separate from other books. Organization is everything!
8. Pack a "first night" box with all your essentials, from bedding to medication to a few changes of clothes to phone chargers. When you're exhausted and ready to go to bed that first night and everything you own is packed up in boxes in your living room, you won't have to dig through anything looking for your toothbrush.
9. Try to clean as you're packing. Once all your books are out of the bookcase, dust it off. Once you take your curtains down, clean the blinds and windows. Once you're done with a room, vacuum or sweep. That way you won't have to go back through the whole place to clean once you're exhausted from packing.
10. Don't forget to do everything associated with a change of address! Moving isn't just physically moving, it's also changing all important documents to reflect your move. Look at this super helpful list of all the people, organizations, and services you need to notify.
Bonus tip: Once you'r all done with your move and settled into your new place, throw a housewarming party! After all that work, you need a little celebration!
I hope this list has been helpful and informative! I remember the first time I moved and it was much more stressful than I thought it would be, so any little tip or trick can really help when you're starting the process.
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