Tips & Tricks
After months of back and forth between realtors, figuring out finances, and finding the perfect fit for your needs, you finally are ready to move into your new home — but the most difficult process has yet to arrive. Figuring out what to keep, what to get rid of, and how to move all of your belongings in the most efficient manner can be a stressful process. Here are a few tips to ease your packing and moving experience.
Don’t be afraid to let go of what you don’t need
Why exactly are there 5 lemonade pitchers under the kitchen cabinet? Use a practical mindset when calculating what all should make it into the moving truck. If you don’t want to throw your possessions away, plan a yard sale or donate items to your local Goodwill.
Slow and steady wins the race
Last-minute packing can immediately cause bouts of anxiety for the whole family. See if you can make it a goal to pack two boxes a day for a month, and see how far you can get. Remember to pack the items that you won’t need around the house first, and pack items like kitchen supplies, toiletries, and cleaning products last.
Use your resources
See if you can fill up you and your family’s suitcases fully before purchasing boxes. A helpful tip is to fill your luggage on wheels with books before anything else, as these tend to make boxes very heavy quickly. Furthermore, if you go to Walmart late at night (usually closer to midnight), the employees will be busy stocking. Ask them if they will give you the boxes they are going to throw out anyway; I have never had an issue with taking them off of their hands. Don’t have extra money lying around to hire movers? See if your high school neighbors want to help with the process in exchange for community service hours. Offer them food as well; teenagers will do most anything for food.
Changing of address
While this may not seem like a priority during moving time, you’re going to thank yourself later for this one. Remember to change your address for banking, credit cards, cell carrier, employment HR, apps on your phone, doctors, insurances, and car note. Send out a text to your family and friends letting them know the change as well.
Moving is an excellent time to clean out your wardrobe. Grab all of the pieces you haven’t worn in years and see about organizing a clothing trade with friends. Try placing plastic trash bags over your clothes (still on the hangers) to make the moving process a little easier.