I’m kind of an expert at this whole moving thing. I’ve been moving in and out of dorms, apartments, and houses at least twice a year for the past 8 years and I’ve created quite the routine. This time will be a little different because after moving home for the summer, I’ll be moving into my home for the next four years at vet school. This being said, I have way too much stuff. I tend to accumulate things because they are on sale, “would go perfect with that one top I have”, or just because I find them pretty. A lot of things have changed for me in the past year and I think it’s time for me to do a cleaning both of my apartment and of my life. I’ve already made three separate Goodwill trips, but I have a feeling that there will be a quite a few more in my future. I’ve decided to compile some of my most helpful packing tips for those who may also be making moves in the near future.
- Start Early. I am a firm believer that packing gradually leads to the most efficient and least stressful move. It gives you time to slowly sort through things (and get rid of things) and come up with an organized plan of attack. I have actually already began the packing process even though I don’t move out until May.
- Make Lists. The worst thing is going to unpack and having no clue what is in the box. I always make detailed lists about what is in each box (which may be unnecessary, but it is handy to know exactly where everything is), rank my boxes in the order in which they should be unpacked, and make a list of things that I need to buy when I reach my destination.
- Enlist a moving team (if you can). I have made most of my moves with just my mom helping me (she has also become an expert at moving). We manage to get everything done rather quickly, but I always wish that I had a few more people to help. A few flights of stairs doesn’t seem like anything until you’ve carried heavy boxes up them over ten times. That being said, there is such thing as having too many people which can slow the process.
- Organize your car/ moving truck. As tempting as it is to just start loading up boxes, it really is better to have a method. My mother is the master at turning packing a car into a Tetris puzzle and I am always astonished at the amount of things that can be fit into a car using a bit of patience and coordination.
- Pack an overnight bag with the essentials. I used to try to get everything unpacked in the matter of a few hours, and although I have managed to do it a few times, it is no fun. I always pack a duffle bag with a few pairs of clothes, toiletries, cleaning supplies, my computer, and some snacks to get me through the first night in a new place.
I hope you find these tips helpful! Look for a post coming up with my favorite items to use during my moves!