I Hate Moving


The other week, I was in the process of moving from apartment to another one. Granted, this wasn’t my first move. I’ve done many painful and exhausting moves in the past and I’ve learned the hard way that no matter what, you’ll still be hurting in the end. I wanted to give you some tips that I’ve learned across the years and hopefully this will help you in your next challenging move. These tips are to help you save money, energy, time, and stress.

PACKING

  1. Boxes: Get used boxes to save money. Don’t buy the new ones at the truck rental place. It’s a waste of money. You can easilly find boxes at teh back of a Target, supermarket, 7-11 in your neighborhood. They’re free, and the people will always be glad to give it to you.
  2. PACK PACK AND PACK!!! This is the toughest. Don’t leave anything unpacked. That sidelamp that you’ll take last minute? PACK IT! Your clothes? PACK THEM! The little porcelain statue of a cow on your coffee table. PACK IT!!! Why? because you won’t have time to do this last minute. You’ll be so busy occupied with the big stuff, that all the little stuff gets neglected, and then you end up with all this junk lying around that you didn’t know existed and didn’t know what to do with it last minute.
  3. Pack Early: Don’t wait. Pack everything early. The earlier the better. This relieves from so much stress, plus it gives you time to put things on the side that you don’t want anymore. This way you can sell it on craigslist.com or give it to charity. If you wait, you might end up giving up something that you still kind of want to hold onto, and worse, it ends up going to trash, so you don’t benefit from it in any way.
  4. Books: Get little boxes for books. Don’t over fill one box because you won’t be able to carry it or move it.
  5. The kitchen: Go to a liquour store and ask for boxes that they carry their bottles in. These boxes have partitions in them that are awesome for packing cups, mugs, glass, champagne glasses, breakable glass stuff in your kitchen, forks, knives, etc… Get alot of these. You’ll thank me later.
  6. Get newspapers and old magazines for padding: This is the cheap alternative to bubble wrap. Just take some of these, scrunch them up and toss them in boxes that need padding. Newspapers do wonders, and for $1 you can have a ton of them for padding.
  7. Label your boxes: Use a marker or anything handy to label your box. Simply put which room it belongs too, if it’s fragile or not, and if you want to get really detailed, write what’s in it. Super easy, and saves you a world of pain looking for your TV remote when you start to unpack at your new place.

TRUCKS/TRANSPORTATION

  1. Call Movers: If you have a job, you can afford it. If you’re a college student and don’t have the money, then do what we all did, call all your friends and rent one big ass truck. Don’t go small. Go as big as you can. Movers will help you when most needed, especially if you’re not used to carrying heavy stuff.
  2. Plan ahead of time: Make sure you made arrangements with your building and the new building (or houses if need be) to move out and move in. You don’t want to end up wasting time because you’re double booked on the same loading dock into your new place and end up waiting.

UNPACKING

  1. If you followed my instructions, then you’ll have labeled all the boxes. Now you can put them where they belong in your new place.
  2. I recommend starting room by room. Start with the bedroom for example, and make sure it’s 100% done. This way you don’t have to go back to it ever.
  3. Enjoy your new place.
  1. Boxes: Get used boxes to save money. Don’t buy the new ones at the truck rental place. It’s a waste of money. You can easilly find boxes at teh back of a Target, supermarket, 7-11 in your neighborhood. They’re free, and the people will always be glad to give it to you.
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