Moving is a very demanding and difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be. Moving somewhere new can be really fun! Since I have moved five times in the last four years I like to consider myself a moving expert. If you’re planning on moving, take these tips into consideration to make your life easier.
- Make lists – I like to make lists of literally everything. The lists that are most helpful for me are what you HAVE, what you NEED TO BUY, what you want to SELL, and what you want to DONATE.
- Sell what you don’t want – Selling things not only gets rid of unwanted junk and clutter, but it also makes you money that you can put towards buying new things for your home. I like to sell my stuff on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. These two places work best for me. Anything that doesn’t sell I donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
- Use household items for storage – use suitcases, laundry baskets, storage bins, etc. for packing your clothes and other items. There is no reason to use boxes if you have empty suitcases lying around that you have to take to your new house anyways.
- Start packing ahead of time – If you’re moving in a month, start packing all of your clothes you know you wont wear in those four weeks. Packing all at once last minute causes unnecessary stress and feeling like you have so much to do in so little time.
- Have your friends help you move – Hiring movers can be convenient but it can also be very expensive. I like to have my friends or family help me and I pay them in hugs or alcohol LOL
- Figure out your theme – Having a theme or color scheme for your new home will make shopping a lot easier and less stressful. Going into a store knowing exactly what you’re looking for saves you time and anxiety.
- Create a budget – having a budget is helpful while moving so you don’t go overboard at Home Goods and Bed Bath and Beyond. Moving gets expensive but if you allocate a certain amount of funds to the move then you will not spend excessively.
- Shop for gently used furniture – I don’t know about you but I do not want to spend $300 on a coffee table that I’m going to put my feet on. I like to shop on Craigslist for furniture and refurbish it to match my own style. I am currently working on a dresser and a coffee table for my new home and it’s a fun DIY project!
Hope these help!