No one likes moving.It takes up massive amounts of time and money, and at the end of it, you’re still not done, because now you have to unpack everything. It’s easier when you’re moving to a bigger place; there’s room to spread things out, and you can spend time sorting and deciding. When you’re downsizing, there’s not a lot of room for error. You need to be able to get things put away neatly as quickly as possible, because if you don’t, you won’t be able to walk around in your apartment. There are a few ways you can make this whole process easier on yourself:
- Buy boxes. Chances are, you don’t have a lot of money on-hand, and you’ll be tempted to get as many boxes from the liquor store as possible. If you can, skip the liquor store & head straight to Home Depot. They offer several sizes of boxes for CHEAP- the smallest size is about $1, largest about $2. They’re much sturdier, and they’ll hold a lot more.
- Create a packing list. As each box gets packed, it gets assigned a number. Have a corresponding list that details what’s in each box. You don’t have to list each t-shirt individually, but make sure it’s detailed enough so that you know which box has shirts and which has frying pans. DO NOT PACK THIS LIST. Keep it with you as you move.
- Sketch the floor plan of your new place on a piece of paper, or print it out. Get a rough idea of where you plan to put your furniture. This will help move things along more smoothly on moving day.
- If at all possible, hire movers. It will cost you- in our last move, the movers were about $550. But it was absolutely, absolutely worth it. You’ve got enough stress just trying to figure out where to put your stuff. Let the professionals haul it around for you.
Do you have questions about moving? Tips to share about your own move? We make the big move next week, so I’d love to hear them!
You can read the first part of Itty Bitty Living Space here.