Folks, packing and planning a move is no joke, and this post is a brief look into the chaos of moving. The boxes, lists, and never-ending to-dos are brutal, so I have a couple of tips that I think will help you if you’re in the market to move into your dream home / apartment / condo / townhouse soon. (And, because you’re probably short on time if you’re going through this process too, this is a speedy post for you to read and then get right back to packing!)
MAKE A LIST
This is my number one piece of advice, especially if you’re selling your house now and moving into a new one: make a list. Make 10 lists. Make 100 lists. Whatever will help you feel organized, do it. Since we’re renting right now, we’re making a list of things we need to do in the rental before we vacate, and a list of things we need to do in the new house before we move in. It’s time-consuming now, but it’s so helpful in the long run to go room by room and make a note of lightbulbs to change out, paint to touch up, or closets to empty.
GATHER YOUR RESOURCES
This is a crucial time-saver. Gather up boxes, tape, scissors, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, pens, labels, snacks, and necessary beverages (I’m looking at you, coffee) before you start packing. Taking time to do this first will help you save time, especially if you combine it with your list, and it will help you pack more thoroughly. Plus, better packing makes for an easier move into your new place, and who doesn’t want that?
BREAK DOWN THE PROCESS
Breaking down the moving process into manageable pieces will help you keep your sanity while life goes on at work and home. Tackle the toughest projects first and then take chunks of time to complete like tasks, like packing all your bar essentials or clothing at the same time. If you allot certain chunks of time in your schedule just like you would for working out, for date night, or for chores, you’ll be seamlessly prepared to move in no time and with much less stress!
GET SOME HELP
This is a big one: hire someone if you need to. Seriously. I have a lot of friends who are 100% comfortable moving sectionals, oversized king beds, china hutches, and the like by themselves from house to house, but Jordan and I aren’t, so we hire someone to do the heavy lifting. (Can I recommend College Hunks? They’re thorough, kind, professional, and considerate of the stress you’re experiencing during the moving process.) Hiring someone allows you to sit back and enjoy the process much more than if you have to purchase, plan, pack, wrap, move, and unload all the items in your house yourself.
TAKE TIME OFF TO MOVE
I know this one may not be feasible for everyone, but I think it’s a great way to dig in and enjoy your move so much more. Take a few hours, a day, or even a week to move your items from house to house (and celebrate!) so you don’t hate the process when it’s over. Plus, when you take time to move, you can get a room ready in a day and be rid of those packing boxes so much faster than if you have to do it every day after work / working out / soccer practice / dental appointments / etc.
Hope you’re having a happy move if you’re joining us in this process!