For the past couple of months, I’ve been in the process of moving down to the beach for a summer internship, as well as packing for college. Although I know I can go home on the weekend if I forget or need anything, I’ve really been trying to make sure I have everything that I know I’ll want. Needless to say, this hasn’t exactly been fun. Moving is miserable. There’s all the packing and deciding what to take. Then there’s the unpacking and trying to organize. When you’re in the middle of it, you feel like you live in a giant mad house. And it’s soooo time consuming. But, I’d like to think I’ve come out of these past 14 days being a little bit better at moving than I originally was. So hopefully the tricks I’ve learned along the way will help out anyone getting ready to go through moving day.
Tip #1 Use all of your space. When you move, you take everything you need on an everyday basis, as well as everything you need on special occasions. This includes drawers and bags. Yes, you probably don’t pack a suitcase every morning before work. But you’re going to need it at some point, so just go ahead and fill that thing up with clothes/jewelry/books/whatever you want. It’ll save you so much space. The same goes for drawers. You know those plastic organizers that you never use but you’ll bring anyways? Go ahead and pack some things in them. Just make sure they aren’t too heavy, or picking them up will be a nightmare!
Tip #2 Label with colored tape. It’s a terrible feeling when that favorite picture frame or adorable mirror comes out of the box broken. No, you didn’t mean to be rough with it. But, to be honest, you probably forgot it was even in that box. Save yourself the heartache and just slap a piece of colored tape on top of the box. Red is for fragile, purple is for books, blue is for clothes. However you want to do it, just tape it up. You’ll get a reminder to be careful with certain items, as well as some colorful boxes!
Tip #3 Organize, organize, organize. I know, I know… It takes so much time to do this when you’re packing all of your belongings away. Sorting everything is no fun and it takes a bit of time. But, I promise it’ll be worth it as soon as you go to unpack. You won’t have to untangle necklaces or take spoons to the kitchen from the box in your bathroom. Everything will be where it is supposed to be!
Tip #4 Know what you’re going to need on moving day. When I was packing, the things I had the hardest time putting in a box were the things I use on an everyday basis. I didn’t want to put away that cute shirt or that tube of lipgloss… What if I wanted to use it in the morning? My best advice to beat this is to decide exactly what you’re going to need. I put out a shirt or two, some hairbands, a bit of makeup, etc and then packed the rest away. On moving day, once I had used what I needed of it, I just threw it all in a bag I had left out. That way I had the comfort of my favorite things without taking time to pack them up on the day I moved out.
Tip #5 Don’t stress. This one is probably the hardest to do. It’s definitely easier said than done… Trust me, I know. But you and everyone around you will be so much happier and more productive if you aren’t running around franticly. Yeah, I know you’re going to have a million things to do. But, people will be way more willing to help you if you’re calmly asking instead of yelling. So on moving day, remember to take a deep breath. It’s all going to get done, don’t worry.
Hope this helped anyone getting ready to move. Good luck packing xxx