Moving is stressful, let’s not sugarcoat it. There are so many moving pieces and the packing and unpacking process is awful. We were planning on moving in a month, but got a really great leasing special, so we pushed our move up to April 30th, giving us three weeks to get everything in order.
I’m surprisingly not too stressed, more excited at this point. Our last few moves have been a complete mess, so this one should be a breeze since we’re not moving within the week (yes, we’ve done that). I’m going to share my tips and tricks for having a low-stress, successful move.
De-clutter and get rid of unnecessary items to get them out of the way. I did a de-clutter earlier in the year and that was helpful in getting rid of the big stuff, but since then, we’ve been going room-by-room and getting rid of the things we don’t need. You know those boxes of random stuff that move from house to house with you, but are never opened? Time to go through them one last time and get rid of everything. Instead of using trash bags, we’ve designated a large Rubbermaid bin as our “trash tub,” so it’s easier to take everything to the dumpster. Once we’re done tossing things, we can rinse it out and use it to pack stuff in.
Piggy-backing off getting rid of unnecessary items... sort through your pantry and get rid of everything that is expired. No, it's not only "a little beyond the date" and you won’t eat it eventually [ew]. Those spices expired in 2010, time to part ways. If it hasn’t expired and you know you won’t eat it (hello, shopping while hungry), donate it to your nearest Soup Kitchen.
If you’re trying to be economical (and eco-friendly) during your move, borrow boxes from family and friends, or find them for free or super cheap on Facebook Marketplace. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc right now, we opted to buy all of our boxes just to be safe. You can also save all of those plastic grocery store bags and newspapers to use as packing material for fragile items.
Color code your moving boxes and household items with Post-It notes or colored dots. Don’t waste your money on some fancy stickers, use what you have! I usually use the Post-It notes and color-code by room – i.e. pink is the kitchen, blue is living room, green is bedroom – and then on the note itself, I write what is inside the box, just in case I’m looking for something quickly before unpacking.
If you’re using movers, schedule them early. If you’re moving in the spring or summer on a Friday through Sunday, that’s when movers book up the quickest as I've learned (insert smiling sweating emoji here). As soon as you know your moving date, go ahead and start getting estimates that way you can reserve a company and cross that off your list!
Pack a “day of” essentials box. This will house anything and everything that you will need easy access to when you’re trying to get settled. Main items? Toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, plastic utensils and plates, cups, and a knife to cut the tape off the boxes. Did I learn this from experience? Yes, yes I did.
Pack room by room. There’s nothing worse than having multiple rooms in disarray. If you have multiple floors in your home, you may want to start in the garage and work your way up. We started by going through our storage unit, then packing up the garage, media room, and then worked our way through the rest of the house. We’re using our media room as our “holding space” that way we can stay organized and group boxes.
Too lazy to pack your clothes? If you have all of your clothes hanging up, grab a trash bag, poke a hole in the top, put the hangers through the hole, and tie up the bottom. This will keep your clothes fairly wrinkle-free you won’t have to go through the process of hanging everything up on hangers again.
These are just some of my pre-moving tips, I’ll have another post after the move talking about ways to effectively unpack everything!