Moving – all of us will move at least once in our lives. Whether it be your parent moving into a new house, you moving into a dorm for college, moving into your first apartment or house – we move. I don’t know about any of you, but I’ve moved too many times to count. I spent most of my early adulthood moving from apartment to apartment — chaotically. I’ve moved at least 10 times. I have kind of lost count. So in my number of moves over 10 years, I have a few pointers for your next move to keep it less stressful, more organized and overall easier.
You might not think organization is important. I mean, just stick stuff in a box, right? How hard could it be? Well, yes, you could just throw things in a box haphazardly and hope for the best when you go to unpack. Or you could pack things away in an organized way and label your box properly so it will that much easier to unpack. This will help, I promise. I know that more than once I have had a ”random” box and it takes me weeks or months (if ever) to unpack it.
Throw away/Give away/Sell Useless Things
A good question to ask yourself is “Have I used this in the last year?” If you haven’t, you probably won’t ever, and it is not needed in your new home. It will just sit in your new home for the next year, waiting for use and taking up space. Don’t do it. Don’t save it for later – just get rid of it.
Start Packing Early
How early is early? I suggest at least 4 weeks before your move-in date. Two weeks minimum. I have had many experiences with moving last-minute and it is not fun. It is not organized, you lose things, never pack things and it will take forever to go through the haphazard boxes you packed in haste. (See number 1!)
Remember The Tape
You need lots and lots of tape for the boxes. It is the one thing we have always managed to forget to buy, or run out of when we did remember to get it. Tape those babies up securely so you don’t lose any of your (organized) stuff!
Well, there you have it folks. These tips might not work for everyone, but these are definitely things that would’ve saved me a lot of stress! I finally had it figured out by my last move ever — go figure. I hope these tips help you in your next move and make it less stressful and more organized!