Getting Your Move On

Date Sat, September 14 2013

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Sometimes I read statistics like these and I just don’t understand. I guess it’s because I am just not the type who likes to move frequently. It’s stressful, and I don’t always deal with stress well. My anxiety means that sometimes I stress out over imaginary things or trivial things, but moving is a real stressor that I dislike. I’m fortunate that I haven’t had to move for over a year, and I don’t even need to think about signing a new lease for another year.

Still, my experience with moving means that I’ve got some good experience. In fact, my last move took only four hours, and one of my friends thanked me for asking him to help. If you’re not quite as awesome at moving as I am, here’s some helpful tips.

  1. Start packing early. Like six months early. Seriously. Pack the things you won’t need before the move. If it’s summer, pack up winter clothes or your formal dresses and such.
  2. Use your linens to pad your boxes. You’ll save a lot on bubble wrap and packing paper if you protect breakables with towels and sheets. Plus, you’re actually using less space.
  3. You’ll need more materials than you bet. This means tape, boxes and wrapping material. I always wind up running back to the store multiple times. This is especially true if you accidentally pack the roll of tape. Oops.
  4. Boxes of a similar size are easier to stack in most places.
  5. You can get free boxes from grocery stores, liquor stores and bars; however, these are used and should only be used for one move. Many of them also have open bottoms, which isn’t ideal for all types of packing.
  6. When purchasing boxes, go for thicker types from home improvement stores or UHaul over Wal-mart types. Trust me, I know from experience.
  7. Go through your stuff as you’re packing. Get rid of anything you don’t need. Whether you throw it away, donate it or recycle it, you’ll save space when you narrow down your possessions. You can also save on storage and moving costs if you’re paying for those services. Plus, who wants to be the person who has packed boxes a year after they move into their new place? Not me, that’s for sure!

I’m pretty good at moving as you can see from my list. What tips would you add to someone who’s moving?


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