Moving into a new place can be one of the most exciting times of your life, or for most of us, it can also be an overwhelming, negative, and stressful event. In fact, moving is one of the top stressors that can easily overshadow the excitement of moving into a new place!
But it doesn’t have to be. My husband and I just became first-time homeowners and we couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter in our lives! Knowing that we have one of the busiest summer/fall ahead of us, paired with the big move, we planned to start the process early.
In this guide, I’ll be sharing all of my personal tips on how to successfully move into your new place… without losing your mind! There’s really only one way through a move (just get it over with) but these seven tips will keep you from pulling out your hair in the process.
1. Start Early
Hey, all you procrastinators out there, this ones for you! Start packing early. I recommend starting as early as possible. You can start packing as soon as you have an official moving date. Begin with items that you don’t use very often. I would advise taking the amount of time you estimate it will take.. and then DOUBLE it. It’s a good rule of thumb to plan for everything to take twice as long as you think it will as there’s always the last minute things we didn’t account for that come up. It will avoid more stress down the road as it’s no fun to run out of time and feel as if you are scrambling to finish before you have to be out of your place.
Get organized early, and plan, budget and schedule as much as you can as early as possible to prevent a crazy, last-minute sprint at the very end.
2. Make a Checklist Dedicated To The Move
To simplify the moving process, designate a notebook or binder that can hold everything in one place. In our case, we used a Google Spreadsheet where we literally recorded everything when it came to our new home. Budget breakdowns, furniture checklist prioritized by rooms, To-Do Lists, and receipts.
Record it all! There is no such thing as being too organized. Plus it will help get all of your thoughts in one place.
3. Go Room by Room
Moving an entire household of stuff can seem extremely overwhelming. Seriously, where did all this stuff come from?! Whether you’ve been living in your current place for a few months or a few years, really spend some time to get organized before moving out.
Where to start? Try organizing room by room. From there, you can split each room into sections. This will help take some of that anxiety of feeling as if you have a never-ending task ahead of you more bearable. Plus if you’re anything like me, I love checking things off my list! For example, I started with the kitchen and went from junk drawers to tupperware cabinets, and so on.
Start pre-packing almost anything you don’t use on a daily basis. Photos, decor, kitchenware, etc. It will help start to clear out the clutter.
Divide and conquer. If you’re moving with a partner or a group, you can assign tasks to each person to help break up the workload. Create a good playlist and jam out to music while you go. It will make the whole process that much more fun!
4. Collect Boxes
As soon as you know you’re moving, start collecting boxes! You can never have too many. Really, they fill up so fast! Start slowly gathering sturdy boxes from friends, businesses, grocery, furniture or electronics stores. It may take more time to get what you need, but they’ll be free! And who doesn’t love FREE?!
5. Asking Friends & Family For Help
Let’s be real. Moving companies can be expensive! And also an added cost to your new home budget. I have no shame in my game when it comes to asking family and friends for help. Even if you do utilize the services of a professional moving company, having your family and friends on hand for the day of or the days leading up to the move is clutch.
We picked and scheduled a day well in advance that worked for all parties and thought out how we can best utilize their help – whether it be from packing up a room, lifting heavy belongings and furniture, to unpacking and arranging furniture post unloading.
Oh, and it helps to offer them a little extra incentive for the help. With my family, usually, the promise of free burgers and beer is something they can’t say no to. Whatever hits home with your family and friends should be all you need to get some much-needed help. Don’t forget that a Thank You always goes a long way!
6. Donate/Discard Old Stuff
You’ve gone through your household and endless piles of unwanted stuff, now what? Give stuff away, sell the good stuff or throw away as many things as you’re comfortable doing.
Lucky for me, my co-worker was organizing a garage sale the weeks leading up to our move out date. I specifically spent an entire weekend going through all of my clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories. I easily made $200 from the weekend on stuff that would have been donated. Everything that didn’t sell went to my local Women’s shelter and Goodwill. I’m excited to use the extra money towards furniture in our new place!
The longer you’ve been at your current place the easier it is to accumulate a lot of junk. Purge and toss it if you don’t need it! You’ll be so happy you did. My golden rule is to toss or donate anything you haven’t used in more than a year. Out of sight, out of mind. It’s simple: the less stuff you have, the less you have to pack and move. Not only will this save you time and money in the long run, but it will also help get you cleaned up and organized.
7. Stay Positive
Okay, I agree. This sounds a lot easier than it may seem when you’re in the moment. As much stress & anxiety that may come up, it’s important to remember to keep the positive outlook on the situation. Positive vibes will help you get through the times when you feel overwhelmed.
Take a deep breath and remember the end goal. This is such an exciting time in your life!
Don’t forget to celebrate! Now that you’re all settled in, it’s time to celebrate this huge milestone. Cheers to that!
If you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to a very easy peasy move. Take your time, start early, plan ahead, and keep your positivity high!