Moving on is so hard to do… but moving out doesn’t have to be! Stick to these tips to save yourself a headache come moving time.
#1 – Have Lots of Packing Supplies
Moving out requires boxes, packing tapes, bubble wrap, labels, pens, and more. Plan ahead for the move and stock up with more supplies than you need, or you’ll find yourself running back and forth constantly to stock up.Â
#2 – Make a List
Did you remember to pack that special item that means so much to you? Which box did you put that cable in? By keeping an organized list as you’re packing you’ll be doing Future You a huge favor come unpacking time.
#3 – Keep Things Together
Resist the urge to toss random items into one box! Keep kitchen item together, bathroom items together, and so forth. This extends to moving day, see if you friends or movers can move the boxes that belong together at the same time.
#4 – Color Coordinate
Having a color system will make aforementioned organization much easier for packing, moving, and unpacking. Separate the roomsÂ
#5 – Use Wardrobe Boxes
Moving companies will often bring vertical moving boxes for you to transfer your clothes and clothes-hangers too.Â
#6 – Valuable? Keep it with you
Avoid putting valuable jewelry in moving boxes if you can’t afford to lose it. This tip also extends to important papers, be sure to keep them close at hand. Don’t tempt fate!
#7 – Clean What You Can Ahead of Time
You’re going to need to clean before returning your apartment/home, but you can get started with cleaning now!
#8 – Pack an Overnight Bag
Chances are at the end of moving day you’ll be too tired to unpack boxes and find your toiletries and supplies. Pack an overnight bag with some toiletries and a change of clothes to give yourself a little breathing room before you need to unpack.
Â #9 – Change Your Address Before Moving
Don’t wait until the last minute! It’s recommended you do this at least two weeks before moving.
#10 – Don’t Shop For Groceries On Your Last Week
Ideally you’ll be able to eat all the food in your fridge right in time for moving day and avoid having to throw anything out.