While the thought of living in a new space is usually exciting, the only “fun” part of the move itself is being done with it. The actual process is financially taxing, physically exhausting—and sometimes emotionally draining.
Moving companies can help, but that isn’t always an option—and even if it is, a lot of the work still falls on your shoulders. In order to make the difficult task of moving a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite moving tips:
- Purge, Purge, Purge.
Superfans of Marie Kondo might only own items that “spark joy,” but most of us still have that chaotic drawer or closet (or entire spare bedroom) brimming with unidentified, unused stuff. Make time to sort through your belongings before moving day. The more items you discard or donate, the bigger your new home will feel.
- Stay Organized.
It’s common practice to pack up your home room by room, labeling boxes as “office” or “kitchen” as you go, but try using storage bags to make unpacking even easier. Instead of dumping the entire contents of your desk into a box, put the items found in each drawer in a gallon-sized bag. Pile all of the desk bags into a single box and volià—setup in the new house will be a snap! You can try this approach with kitchen and bathroom drawers, toy chests, and bookshelves as well.
- Pack Plates With Styrofoam.
We’ve long relied on old newspapers to protect our kitchen supplies, but they’re hardly a cushy or clean solution. Instead, buy a bag of Styrofoam plates to stick between each “real” plate as you pack. Not only will you avoid chipping your dishes, but you can also skip running your plates through the dishwasher to get rid of the newspaper print. And when the time comes to order pizza for the hungry friends who helped you move, you’ll have a stack of disposable plates handy.
- Plan Ahead for the First Night
Grab two bags or suitcases. In the first, pack the personal, practical, and comfort items you will need for the first few nights in your new home. Make sure this bag includes: sheets, pajamas, an outfit for the next day, a towel/washcloth, toiletries, and medicines.
In the second suitcase, pack your go-to cleaning supplies. This bag should include trash bags, paper towels, and all the soaps and sprays you’ll want to use before unpacking. When you find yourself living amongst a sea of boxes, having everything you need for that first night will be a lifesaver.
- Take Advantage of Moving Deals
Whether it’s new bath mats, extra nails, or more light bulbs, moving always comes with unexpected costs. Luckily, many retailers (such as Amazon and Bed, Bath, and Beyond) offer special discounts and coupons to shoppers who are moving into a new home. Those Command Strips and air fresheners really add up, so why not take advantage of every deal you can get?
Peach Perch can’t guarantee that these five tips will make moving fun, but we hope they will make your life a little bit easier!