Ways to make moving suck less

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Moving sucks. No matter how far in advance you plan or how much you think you’ve done it still is no fun.

I wish that Byrd and I were happily staying in our Fed Hill house for another year but that’s not the case. We love the neighborhood and our street in particular but this house is a hot mess. It needed to be gutted at least two years ago. We have a hole in our living room floor, heat escapes at a rapid rate so we’re always cold, the kitchen is the size of a shoebox and I’m just waiting for my shower to fall through the ceiling onto Byrd’s room.

We are moving at the beginning of the new year and are adding a new roommate to the mix. Our good friend Jon who used to live the zombie life with us will be moving in as well. I can’t tell you how excited we are to have him as a roommate. Not only is he an awesome person but we will both feel 100% safer with a dude in the house plus he is tall so we will finally have someone who can change the batteries in our smoke detectors without breaking out the step stool.

 We are currently looking at houses in every neighborhood in Baltimore and hope to have it narrowed down within the next week or two! In the mean time I want to get ahead of the moving madness. After moving five times in the last five years I think it’s safe to say I know what I’m doing.

 Ways to make moving easier:

  1. Get ahead of the game- packing is miserable but packing a little bit everyday for a set amount of time can make it less painful! I usually start packing boxes at least one month before the move and aim to pack at least 2-3 a week. I start with the items I know we won’t need like holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, books, kitchen items that don’t get used often, etc. 
  1. Get free boxes- I know from personal experience that Harris Teeter will give away their empty boxes if you ask for them. I usually give them about two days notice before I stop by to pick them up. Grocery store boxes are typically pretty sturdy and come in a variety of sizes, which is a bonus.
  1. Ask for help- In the past I’ve recruited family members, friends, even frat boys to help me move. I think it’s important to know when you’ve exhausted that request. My parents and certain family members have helped at each move and I appreciate all they’ve done for me but I can’t ask for more. This time around I’m asking more friends and trying to do a lot of it myself.
  1. DE-CLUTTER- This one is HUGE for me. I have a habit of holding onto things that I don’t need or use. Over the next three weeks I will be slowly organizing and tossing things I don’t need so when I start the packing process it’s a little easier.
  1. Clean items that are moving with you- Starting over at a new house can be exciting and everyone loves a fresh start. Bringing your items to a clean house with dust bunnies and old house grim is not ideal. After removing items from bookcases/shelving units/chairs make sure to give them a once over with a wet cloth to rid them of dirt and dust.
  1. Correctly label boxes- This sounds so simple but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it. I am an avid labeler and will write what room the box is heading to and the contents on every single one. This comes in handy when friends and family are assisting with the move and eliminates an extra question that would be asked. It also helps during unpacking because my box of pots and pans should be unpacked before the decorative serving dishes.
  1. Take a few small loads before moving day- If your new place is close to your current residence it’s smart to do a few trips of smaller items before the big move. I’ve always moved within a mile or two so I usually spend the morning before everyone arrives or a few days prior to the moving day taking small loads over to the new place. This allows for an already stressful moving day to take a little less time! Also, I like to move my clothes on their hangers and not box them up. There’s no way I’m asking someone to move my individual dresses or smaller items like my pillows.
  1. Clean before moving in- If possible, try to give the new place a once over before moving everything in. Sweeping, moping and scrubbing down the bathrooms help put my mind at ease before I move all of my items into the house.
  1. Pack all necessary items in a clear bin- Anything that I will need on the day of the move or the day after gets packed in a clear stacking container so I can see where all of my items are. I like to unpack within a few days of moving (I don’t handle the stress of having my things all over the place well) and there’s nothing worse than needing a contact container and having to go through three boxes to find it.
  1. Be ready when help arrives- Again, this should be common sense but it’s super important to make sure that your boxes and furniture are ready to be moved when your helpers/movers arrive. Moving day is already a long day, don’t add more work onto everyone!

What are some of your moving suggestions?

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  • http://lostrightdirection.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    Yeah, moving definitely sucks. When we moved into our townhouse I said it was the last time I’m moving until we buy a house … and then my husband joined the military, so that’s not happening. I am currently in the decluttering stage, which is one of the few stages I like.

  • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

    These tips are great! Hopefully we have about a year and a half to 2 years to need them, but I will keep this in mind! Let me know if you need help moving :)

  • http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com/ Chelsea

    These are great tips, especially the cleaning whatever is moving before it moves!

  • gail

    :( I can’t believe you’re having to do this again. Hopefully it will be damage free!