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Moving for the first time is a fascinating time. Freedom! Independence! Leave your dirty dishes in the sink if you feel like it! Finally, you can live your daily life the way you want.
Of course, all of that could be scams. You can get so caught up in daydreaming about your new solo life that you forget there’s a process to getting there. Fear not: we’ll help you prepare intelligently for your first move so you can pass this milestone gracefully and get back excited. The actual action isn’t the most fun part of the whole equation, and a lot gets easier over time.
Your best chance for a smooth ride is plenty of time to plan. By starting to plan and organize early, you can quickly (and significantly) reduce the stress of this process.
Take a strategic approach to packaging. You may think you need to save packing until the very last moment – after all; you still have to get on with your life where you are! – but that’s not entirely true. Sure, you’ll want to keep some socks and underwear , but what about the rest? Choose items or areas you use least, such as seasonal clothing and sports equipment, that you won’t need between now and the day you move.
Do you need your bookshelf filled with books right now? Sure is not. Chances are, you have plenty of kitchen supplies to use without them. Pack those and any treats or small appliances you’re being gifted to your new place.
Start with the most miniature used items and work your way up to the most used items. This will help keep your daily life relatively while still making progress. Commit to packing a few boxes daily and save a few empty ones for the final stretch as you get closer to the big day.
Now is your chance. If you’re stuffing old clothes in the back of your closet and hiding unused items under your bed, it’s time to break the habit.
Packing for a move is the perfect excuse to sort out your stuff and get rid of the things you don’t need. Set up boxes marked donate, sell, throw, and organize your things as you go. Take an honest look at what you have and decide if you can live without it.
Give yourself time if you choose to sell your stuff at a consignment store or through a store like Facebook Marketplace. While profitable, the process can also be quite time-consuming. Once you’ve collected your donation, check with your local center to see when you can bring your things. Many donation facilities have reception hours and requirements on preparing items to donate, so save yourself the extra mile by just learning how to do it the first time.
When it comes to packing, you’ll need plenty of supplies to ensure you get it right. Mainly to make sure your fragile items are protected and things are easily changed. Don’t risk cramming your clothes into pillowcases and carrying loose books alongside the burden. Gather the right supplies and pack them properly.
The best advice we can give you here is to gather more than you think you’ll need, especially since it’s your first time moving. Get moving boxes of various sizes. Fortunately, you don’t have to buy new ones. Check liquor stores, book stores, and grocery stores to find used containers they might be willing to give you. Then, get scissors, markers, packing tape, and cushions like newspaper and bubble wrap. It’s best to pre-process the downscaling and arrangement, so you have a clear picture of what you’re shooting.
The most critical and time-consuming part of moving is packing. You don’t need to use packing materials to prepare everything. You will likely have many things to pack and a lot of small items. Towels, socks, cleaning cloths, and other linens are great for filling small ornaments and glassware.
You can pack your clothes in a suitcase or leave them in a dresser drawer (take it out of the closet, or it’ll get pretty heavy!) to double use what you’ve brought with you. Heavy-duty plastic bags are great for blankets and pillows. They will easily fit into the nooks and crannies of your moving truck. Remember to pack heavy items like books into smaller boxes so they can be lifted and carried without breaking your back (or your engine).
Take the time to label all your boxes, bags, and crates, so you know exactly.
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