There is no experience quite like packing up all of your belongings and moving to new place. I moved from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina this past Monday and making it all happen was not an easy task. It’s an exhausting experience to say the least.
Moving can be stressful even when it all goes smoothly, but there are ways to lighten the load. If you’re relocating to a new address, whether it be to a new city or state, check out these tips to make your move a little less stressful:
- Minimize what you’re packing. Go through all of your belongings and figure out what you really need or want to bring. Donate, give away, or sell the rest. There’s no reason to pack the whole junk drawer.
- Move on a weekday. Reduce your moving costs by choosing a non-weekend day to hire movers or rent a truck. Also avoid the end/beginning of the month.
- Label your moving boxes. Boxes can be numbered, color-coded with tape, or written on with marker, and there are various ways to categorize. Label in whatever way makes most sense to you. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re unpacking.
- Hire movers for fragile stuff. There’s nothing wrong with relying on friends and family to help move, but some objects (think pianos, heavy and large objects, sculptures, etc.) are simply harder to transport than others. Better safe than sorry sometimes.
- Consider shipping. If your moving truck is getting full, it may make sense to ship some of your belongings directly to your new place. Consider shipping non-essentials like out of season clothes if you’re in a pinch.
- Try not to procrastinate. I know it’s tempting to put it all off until you have to pack, but the process will be less stressful if you pace yourself and start early.
- Pack non-essentials first. Decorative items make a house a home, but you’ll be fine without them in the weeks leading up to your move. Pack wall art, chachkis, photo albums, books, and other items that you do not need to use regularly before moving on to the stuff you use daily.
- Consider weight while packing. Use your larger boxes for lighter things. It’s much easier to carry a small box of heavy stuff than a big box of heavy stuff.
- Keep clothes on the hangers. Simply put garbage bags around sections of clothes, tie them at the stem of the hangers, and hang them up in your new closet. No folding necessary!
- Use what you already have to pack in. Laundry baskets, reusable shopping bags, and suitcases are just as useful as boxes. If you’re planning on bringing them items anyway, why not use them to help with your move?
- Separate your jewelry. Avoid the annoyance of detangling by packing necklaces in ziploc bags, egg cartons, or other containers.
- Utilize soft items. Bubble wrap and packing peanuts can be costly. Use crumpled paper, blankets, durable clothes, and towels to separate and protect your breakable objects.
- Create handles in boxes. Use a box cutter or scissors to make lugging heavy boxes a little easier.
- Have snacks handy on moving day. You will get hungry, so be prepared by storing protein bars and other snacks in an accessible place (I.E. not in the back of the moving truck.)
- Secure toiletries and cosmetics. Prevent spills and leaks by placing plastic wrap or ziploc bags on any bottles and screwing the caps back on. Place a cotton ball in makeup palettes to avoid any breaking.
- Take reference photos. If any of your electronics or furniture pieces have complicated setups, take a picture of them before dismantling. Look back at those photos when you’re putting stuff back together at your new place.
- Store sharp objects safely to avoid injuries. Put tools back in tool boxes, pack knives and scissors in some sort of padding (oven mitts and pot holders are great for this,) and put all nails and screws in a bag that won’t rip.
- Have cleaning supplies ready. Moving tends to produce a lot of dust and grime, and there’s always a chance that something will break and create a mess. Combat dirty situations and accidents by making your cleaning supplies accessible.
- Make your new bed upon arrival. There’s a good chance you’ll be exhausted by the end of moving day. Let yourself crash in your already made bed. You can thank me later.
Stay tuned for more self-care related content! I’m planning on creating a regular posting schedule once I’m a bit more settled in my new town. Thanks to my followers for being patient!