So we just moved into our new place and I am feeling SO relieved. Moving has to be one of the most tiresome, stressful, awful tasks that we have to do in life. Up until our move I felt like my mind was all over the place. Having to find a new place to live, pack and move all while having a wedding that is a little over two months away (AH!) was extremely overwhelming. I decided to put together a list of a few things that made life a lot easier during our move. These tips helped save my sanity these past few weeks and will hopefully come in handy if any of you are moving any time soon.
1. Lists, lists, lists
This is a no-brainer. Before you even begin packing everything up make yourself a few separate lists. A to-do list will help you keep track of everything you need to get ready before moving. A cleaning/repairing list will remind you of everything that needs to be tidied up before the final day, this is especially important if you live in an apartment/townhome and want to get your full security deposit back. Also, make a list of the rooms that can be packed up first and which things should be left to be packed up last. This brings us to tip #2.
2. Go room by room
Don’t try to pack up each room at once. You might lose your mind. Go through each room one at a time and pack up what you know you won’t need before your move. I made the mistake of trying to bounce from one room to another which led to lots of half full boxes scattered around. Decide which room can be packed up first and start there.
3. Downsizing? Consider a storage unit
We did some major downsizing with this move. If there are things you don’t want to get rid of or pieces of furniture that may not fit in your new place, consider getting a storage unit. They have all different size units that can be found at pretty reasonable prices. It has been such a relief not having to worry about where to store holiday decorations, winter clothes and little things that we don’t want to part with yet.
4. Sell, throw away or donate anything you don’t use
Go through everything. If you don’t use it anymore get rid of it. There’s no reason to spend time packing and unpacking things that you don’t need or use anymore. This is a great time to get rid of old clothes, kids toys, etc. Make some money by selling it to a consignment shop or simply donate it to Salvation Army or Goodwill. Don’t forget when cleaning out your fridge/freezer to check expiration dates and get rid of leftovers that may have gotten shoved to the back. Remember that soup you made months and months ago that you froze thinking you could reheat it later on? Yeah.. throw that out.
5. Rent a U-Haul
This is one thing we didn’t do that we will DEFINITELY be doing next time. We have a truck so we didn’t think a U-Haul was needed. We were so wrong. With the right size U-Haul everything can be moved in one trip instead of 10 trips (or more in our case). Make your life easier and rent something for the day. Trust me, you will be so happy you did.
Now that we are mostly moved in with only a few boxes left to unpack I am getting excited for some of the projects I have in mind for our new place. Pinterest is the best place when trying to get inspired to decorate a new space. The landlord at our old place had a beach theme going on so it was impossible to decorate and make the space our own. Now that I have blank walls I’m ready to dive into my creative side and see how we can spruce our place up! In future blog posts I’ll be sharing some of our DIY projects and simple things we will be doing to make our place more homey, so stay tuned!