Tips and Tricks for an Easy Move
Moving into an apartment can be a difficult task. With all the packing, sorting, and (sometimes) heavy lifting, it’s easy to feel stressed out or overwhelmed by the process. But never fear! There are plenty of ways you can make moving easier on yourself. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you get through this life event with ease!
- Label everything: Not only will this help keep track of your belongings, but it will also make unpacking a breeze. If you know that a certain box contains plates, for example, unpacking will be as simple as going down the list and checking off each item.
- Don’t overpack: Overpacking means hauling extra stuff up the stairs at a time when it’s probably the least convenient (i.e., after work). Trust us – less really is more here. Only pack what you need right away – everything else can wait until later on down the road.
- Get all of the supplies you need: Invest in some good-quality moving supplies like sturdy boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap. In addition to packing tape, boxes, and markers, you’ll also want to make sure you have a dolly or moving cart on hand. This will make transporting your belongings much easier – especially if they’re heavy!
- Pack strategically: Make a list of the items you’ll need most in the weeks leading up to your move, and pack those things last. Additionally, move items to the rooms where they will be located in your new place – so you won’t have to unbox them and move them again.
- Take your time: Moving is already a very busy and hectic process – don’t add to that by trying to do everything in one day. Spread out the tasks over several weeks (or even months) so that you’re not feeling overwhelmed at any point. Pace yourself and take some deep breaths.
- Schedule your move for a time when you’re not busy: If possible, try to schedule your move for a time when you won’t be too busy. This will allow you to focus all your energy on the move and minimize stress. For example, if you’re an accountant, moving during tax season is only going to add to your stress. Just wait until tax season is over.
- Let someone else handle the heavy lifting: If you can afford it, a moving company may be the way to go – especially with the heavy items. Do your research and ask for recommendations for reliable companies. Make sure you check what their policies are on things that are damaged or broken during transport – so you’re not caught off guard if something happens.
- Ask for help: If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to ask for help from family or friends. They’ll be more than happy to assist you. (And remember, pizza and cold beverages go a long way in recruiting some helping hands!)
- Be a good neighbor: If you want to make a great first impression, be sure your new neighbors know that they can contact you if anything comes up day or night. This way, if there is ever an issue with noise complaints or any other disturbances at the apartment building, you can deal with them before they become too much of a problem. Be friendly and courteous!
Moving is always a hassle, but with the right preparation, it can be a little bit easier. Use these tips – and the help of some friends and family – to get it done without any broken dishes or misplaced items.