Moving Hacks

“Hindsight is 20/20” — it’s a cliche adage, but it’s pretty accurate when it comes to moving! It seems that you always wish you organized differently, planned more, or simply had an easier way to navigate the moving process. Luckily, we’ve got you covered! These hacks are the most comprehensive guide to staying ahead of moving woes.

Before you move

  • If possible, clean the bathroom and kitchen in your new place before you move in.
  • Designate a donate pile for all clothing and items that you don’t want to take with you. That way, all you have to do is schedule a pickup with the Salvation Army or ClothingDonations.org. Don’t forget to ask for a receipt to claim a tax deduction!
  • For the 2-3 weeks leading up to your move, plan your meals around whatever frozen food, perishable items, or half open containers that you have around the kitchen. You can also donate your nonperishable items to Move for Hunger!
  • Update your address for all your accounts, utilities, and subscriptions several weeks before moving day.
  • Shop around! The more estimates you have for moving-related services, the more chances you have to save some money.
  • Instead of throwing away old batteries and electronics, find an electronics recycling center in your area.
  • Measure EVERYTHING. If a piece of furniture can’t fit in your new home, get rid of it!
  • Schedule your move for the middle of the month or the middle of the week to cut costs. It’s cheaper to move then                                Moving day must-do’s
    • Buy cereal, milk, and other easy breakfast items so that there’s food available the morning after moving day.
    • If you’re moving with kids, incorporate them into the moving process by giving them a special box for all their favorite things. Let them decorate the box as wildly as they like!
    • Keep a snack bin available during moving and unpacking. Load it up with water, protein bars, chips, or whatever you need to stay fueled up during your move.
    • If you’re moving with a dog, put their food and water bowl in the same room as where you put it in the old place. The more consistent you are with your dog’s routine, the less likely they are to be anxious and destroy things.
    • Keep all your moving day essentials in an overnight bag. It’ll prevent having to sift through boxes to find your laptop, toiletries, clothes, and medications!
    • Keep valuables like your Social Security Card on your person during moving day.
    • Pack the items that you’ll need most immediately in a clear plastic bin, or a designated “open first” box. Think: bed sheets, hand soap, towels, etc.
    • Take a breather! Moving day is stressful, so allow yourself some “me time” when it’s over. Watch a movie, order some pizza, or do whatever you need to relax after a long day of hard work.

 

Taken from: Updater– https://www.updater.com/moving-tips/top-50-moving-hacks-of-all-time

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