Moving can be very stressful because there are so many things to do and remember. Hopefully this post will make your move a little easier as you get ready to start your new adventure!
You will need a LOT of boxes. You will easily pay $1 to $5 per box. In this last move, I had over 30 boxes. That would be a big chunk of money if I didn’t plan ahead. Some people like to buy brand new boxes and I’m not saying that is bad, I personally didn’t want to spend over $100 for boxes. Start collecting boxes about 6 months before you move. Ask your neighbors, friends for any extra boxes they may have setting around. You could also check out Craigslist for some cheap or free boxes. Grocery stores, book stores or other stores will give their boxes away. All you have to do is ask.
(Just a random tip, storing your things in bins are great, but they are not very good for moving. They do not stack well when they are heavy and can easily crack in the move.)
Wants and Needs
My rule is that if I haven’t used it in the last 2 years then I probably won’t use it again. You could make a little money by selling your items on Craigslist or by having a Garage Sale. I starting going through my things about 2 months before we left so I would have plenty of time to sell items.
Address To Do List
One thing I don’t love about moving is that you have to change your address on EVERYTHING! Make sure you have the correct address and let the post office know. Then notify those involved through bills and payments. Be sure to include banks, insurance companies, doctors, dentists, utilites, magazines, newspapers.
Find a Moving Company
Whether you are using a truck and driving it yourself, or having a company do it for you, find something that fits for you at least 1 month before you leave.
I consider myself an experienced mover. My little family has moved 7 times to 4 states in the last 8 years. We recently moved across the country and this time we used a company called UPack. It has been our best experience so far. We used their Relocube Moving Containers and they worked out great! You can read my experience with Upack HERE.
Know the Date
You will need to know the exact date that you are planning on moving not only for your moving company, but also so you can let your family and friends know. The more moving help you have, the faster it will go!
Do you like the way your house looks right now? Be sure to take pictures of where your picture frames are hanging and your clock in front of your candle sticks sit. You will be surprised how much you forget where your things were before you moved.
I call it the sticker system but you can do what works best for you. As you start packing, be sure to label your boxes with the room they go in and what is in the box. I labeled mine with stickers. The Kitchen was red, the girls room was pink, etc. That way when you unload you know which room that box will go in.
Also be sure to label all glass, and other valuables as FRAGILE. Write it big so everyone can see it.
Grocery shop about 2 weeks before you move. Make a grocery list from the items currently in your house so you you can use it up. This way you won’t have to pack as much food. About 4 days before you leave, you can get freezer meals such as a frozen lasagna. You won’t need anything other than your oven and some plastic plates and forks. This way you can pack up everything else in your kitchen.
Pack a Suitcase
As your moving day gets closer, I would highly suggest packing a suitcase. Pack all the things you will need in the next week, clothes, underwear, make up, shampoo, etc. That way you can pack everything in your house, including your bathrooms. Also when you get to your new place you will know where all your necessities are.
1. To save a little money, use newspapers, towels, blankets and clothes to pack plates and other fragile items instead of buying bubble wrap.
2. Leave your clothes on the hanger and put a garbage bag over them from the bottom. Then use a rubber band to secure all of your hangers together while tying the garbage bag to the hangers.
3. For your drawers, Leave your clothes in them! Take the drawers out when you move the dresser and put the drawers back in when it is in the moving truck.
4. Pack and clean your refrigerator last. If possible, bring your condiments with you in a cooler. Getting rid of them will cost you a chunk of money to replace. Even if you are on the road for a few days, you can always add more ice.
5. Pack beds and sheets close to the front of your truck or pods. Set up your beds right when you get there so you will have a place to sleep that night.
6. Plastic Bags for extra clothes, blankets, pillows, and towels. Bags are perfect for filling the extra holes when packing up your truck!