Whether it’s because you’re downsizing, going off to college, or your lease is up, the act of moving can be unfortunate, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s best to look at moving as an adventure, or it can stress us to extremity. Here are 6 tricks to make that your next move easy and efficient.
Sell, sack, or donate. This is an excellent opportunity to declutter. If you have valuable items that you don’t regularly use, then sell ‘em. If something is worn, broken, or just plain useless, sack (trash) it. Donate the unwanted, useful things. It’s satisfying to purge the unnecessary. Plus, it’ll lighten the load for moving day.
Keep it organized. Tape well and color code boxes. This will make transporting and unpacking easier. Store screws and bolts together in labeled bags for any furniture or other pieces that you disassemble for transport.
Use your own bags, containers, hampers, etc. instead of buying extra boxes. Wrap delicates in t-shirts and socks to cut the cost of packing materials.
Pack a bag of the essentials; the valuables and necessities you want to keep close when you don’t feel like unpacking when you first arrive at the new place.
Stay patient. Pause before you lash out at a mover, whether that is a friend or a stranger in a crop top, and realize- it’s not them, it’s you. You’re just pissed (understandably) that you packed all your worldly possessions into boxes only to relocate and unpack them all over again.
Take solid pics of the old apartment when it’s clean and cleared out. Shady stuff can happen, protect yourself and your security deposit.
The fantastic truth: it ends! And you’ll have a fresh new place to create a home.