When it comes to moving, you either love it, or you don’t. Some people enjoy settling into a new place, choosing where to put the furniture and taking an inventory of all the things they own so they can get rid of stuff they don’t need. If you can’t stand the thought of packing all your things into boxes only to unpack them in a different place, you’re not alone.
Moving doesn’t have to be a stressful event. If you want to make the process as quick and easy as possible, use this checklist so you know what needs to be done first to make move-in day a breeze.
Donate and Purge
If you like keeping every single memento and keepsake you’ve ever received, moving time is a great time to filter through some of your stuff. Make a pile for things to donate or share with friends, what to keep, and things that need to be thrown away. While this may be easier said than done for some people, you might get used to the idea if you get started early.
Invite your friends over and make it a party as you decide what’s going with you and what you need to part with.
A good rule of thumb? If you haven’t used it in more than six months to a year, consider letting go. Use Facebook Marketplace or host a yard sale to see if you can make an extra buck from some of the things you plan on getting rid of. Take stock of what’s coming with you, and carefully pack it up. There’s no sense in bringing things to your new place that you don’t even want or won’t even use.
Start Packing Things You Don’t Need To Use Right Now.
If you give a one month notice, you’ll have some time to get things organized. Don’t wait until the last minute to start putting things into boxes. Start early by packing up non-essentials from your room and living room. Leave the kitchen stuff for last so you can continue to whip up meals during this time.
Pro Tip: Label your boxes with your name and the contents inside. Number the boxes according to which one you want to unpack first.
Whether you hire movers or ask your friends to help, they won’t know where to put stuff if all the boxes look the same. By getting organized, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re searching for so you can relax in comfort in your new home.
Get to Know How Things Work At your New Place
While you may have taken a tour of your new place, spend some time getting to know access points, shortcuts, and rules. Contact the building manager or property owner to get details on timelines and tips to make the moving day successful. Ask for advice on where you can park large moving trucks and where your guests can park, so they’re not circling the block.
Make assembling your bed a priority so you can sleep comfortably on your first night. Remember to forward your mail, turn off utilities at your old place, and schedule to turn things on at your new one. To avoid anything fragile breaking or getting damaged, carry it with you instead of leaving it with movers.
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