One week after getting married, we are in the middle of a move and plan to be completely moved out of our apartment by next week (2 weeks after our wedding day!) So you can imagine, I’m a little frazzled. And I know some of you are a little frazzled moving as well.
It’s important, when you’re moving, to avoid copying me, and stay calm. Don’t let yourself become frazzled or overrun because that’s when you start losing money and start gaining clutter. Tell the clutter it is not allowed in your home!
Before starting the packing process go through all the things in your home (try and do one room a day–or if your house is really cluttered, one room a week) and get rid of them. Following the same process that I talked about when cleaning out your closet, get rid of un-wanted and not-needed items in your home. Really think about what you need and what you don’t, because every added box is an added expense in your moving budget.
When still in the planning and organizing (and even buying) stages of your move, I would suggest you head on over to Scattered Squirrel to grab her amazing moving checklists and organization printables. Creating a small binder with these printables, a couple sharpies, pens, and packing tape then you’ll be all set to start an organized move!
Once you’ve gotten yourself organized and de-cluttered, it’s time to start the actual moving process. Don’t let it overwhelm you; by taking it one step at a time you can have a simple, easy and effective move. Here’s 10 tips and tricks to get you started:
1. Have a yard sale before you move.
Since you’ve already sorted through all the items in your house, your first step towards an organized and efficient move should be having a yard sale. This will not only get rid of the items that you don’t need quickly, but you will also make more money to put towards your move. If you’re moving in the winter months, my suggestion would be to hold an “online yard sale” in a virtual Facebook group in your community. (Just search Facebook for “‘Your County online garage sale” and you should find some results.)
For those of you moving in the spring, summer and even fall months, feel free to hold your very own outdoor garage sale. If you’ve never held a garage sale before here are some awesome tips on hosting a garage sale. (My favorite is from Large Families on Purpose–she is so organized!!)
2. Do not buy boxes!!!
Buying boxes is one of the biggest unexpected expenses you can have during moving. You go to Uhaul to get tape, or a truck rental and you end up with $100 worth of boxes. Instead of buying boxes, go to your local grocery store, or Walmart, Costco, or even Aldi’s and ask if they have any spare boxes they can give to you. A lot of the times, they do! They usually crush their boxes at the end of the day so be sure to go earlier in the day and see if they can give you some.
3. Label, label, label!
Not only should you label each box by color (one color for each room) but you can also add the contents of each box or just place stars on the boxes that need to be unpacked first. If you have movers or volunteers helping you move, grab a few paper plates, label each plate with one room and color (i.e. blue, master bedroom) so people know where to put each box. (Also keep a track of what is in each box with the Scattered Squirrel’s Packing List Printable.
4. Don’t forget your first day essentials!
As I mentioned before, tagging some boxes with stars is one way to make sure some boxes get unpacked first, another idea is to put your “first day essentials” or things you will definitely need in the first few days inside of clear totes. Scattered Squirrel also has a sheet or two on keeping all of your “move in necessities” together and organized!
5. Tape liquids!
Be sure to tape the lids of liquids such as lotions, shampoos and cleaning supplies to be sure to avoid spilling. I’ve realized just how well this works and I make sure to do it every time! It’s such a lifesaver! If you don’t you can guarantee you’ll be getting rid of and washing a lot of your items!
6. Don’t work harder than you have to.
If you have taken a million and ten years to get your house organized into pretty totes, toy chests and other little organizers, don’t undo it! Use saran wrap to cover your totes, or use the lids on your boxes and move them as is.
7. Garbage bags are your friends!
I cannot tell you how much I love garbage bags when moving! I use them all the time! One of my favorite uses for garbage bags when moving is using them to transport hanging clothes. Keep the clothes on hanging up, take a garbage bag and slid it up and over a bunch of clothes, then use each drawstring to keep all the clothes clean and together!
8. Work smarter, not harder!
- Cut triangles on both sides of each box (point down) and ba-da bing ba-da boom!
- You have yourself some handles! Use furniture sliders to move the furniture around. There’s no need for you to be carrying each piece of furniture and breaking your back.
- Ask for help. Have a day where your entire church, friends and family come over and help you pack and move up what they can. This will save you so much time and energy.
- Learn from your elders. Woman in your church who are older than you are a wealth of knowledge. Ask them for pointers and tips on working smarter during your move, I’m sure they have some gold!
9. Get a babysitter.
On the day of the move, do not have your kids around. I know you want them involved but not only is it stressful for the kids, it’s stressful on you. They’re underfoot, digging through boxes, trying to find missing toys, most likely crying and having a hard time dealing with leaving their home. You’re stressed and instead of helping others move, or instructing others as to where to put things you’ll be chasing your child around and feel more stressed than ever. So send them off to Grammy and Grandpa’s or off to a friend’s for the day. Away from the move sites.
Explain to your kids what is going to happen, give them time to understand, ask questions and have closure with their old home. Get them excited about moving into their new home, let them look around, pick their own room (if you want) and have some say in wall color, furniture placement and decorations. Be sure to use words like adventure, exciting, fun, and avoid words like scary, big changes, or different.
Children have a hard time transitioning so the earlier you start letting them know what’s going on the better.
10. Get a pet sitter.
Just like kids, dogs, cats and other animals can become stressed easily in the chaos, especially since you can’t explain to animals like you can children. So send them to your favorite doggy daycare or friend’s house or boarding facility with their favorite treats and toys. When it’s time to pick them up and bring them to the new house be sure to give them plenty of time and freedom to get used to the new place.
What are your favorite tips for moving? Let me know in the comments below!!
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