If you didn’t notice, I’ve been a little MIA from the blog, but it’s not for no reason!
I’m in the middle of a big move from ATL to NY. It’s a crazy process, so I wanted to share some tips for anyone who will be making a move soon! This post will be specific to packing your items up for your move, with more posts on specifically moving to NY and surviving the crazy real estate market there (yes, even renting is a complex whirl of emotions).
Here’s an overview of how my situation went. I sold / gave away all of my main furniture. I want to start really fresh in NY. Currently , I snagged a 5 month sublet while a lady with a lovely apartment in Brooklyn is out of the country teaching. So, for now all I have to do is bring clothes. However, I had to pack up some other things from my current apartment (decor, kitchen utensils + appliances, etc) for when I move into my own space, and put them into storage for now.
1. ROOM BY ROOM
The way I found to best test my progress, was to actually pack things up room by room. I cleared the living room first, which then allowed me to use that space as my official packing room (since it’s closest to the door). All of the completed boxes in one corner, all of the empty boxes and packing tools in the other. After that I moved into the kitchen, then the bedroom, then the bathroom. LABEL your boxes, specifying what items generally are in them and what room they go into.
2. CREATE A PLAN / CHECKLIST
A quick search of pinterest will leave you with several checklists that start about two weeks in advance of your move. This really helps you reach daily goals if you’re like me and still had to do / go to work in between all of the madness!
3. SET ASIDE ESSENTIALS
On the last days of your move (I’ll say about 3), set aside a few outfits and your bathroom and hygiene products. I put them all in one overnight bag. That way, you don’t have to try to fully postpone packing up your clothes or packing up your bathroom things.
4. THIS TRICK FOR PACKING YOUR CLOSET
5. USE EVERY BOX-LIKE ITEM AS A BOX
Any suitcase or bin or anything box-like that I had, became a box. Why waste its interior space if its an item you have to move with you anyway?
6. NO GROCERIES
About 1-2 weeks before your move, you should stop grocery shopping and plan to eat up anything in your fridge and freezer as well as anything expiring soon. That way, fridge is already taking steps towards being cleaned out and all you have left are canned goods and dry foods that are easy to box up.
7. GROUPON MAIDS
Groupon ALWAYS has awesome deals on house cleaning services. If you want that security deposit back, you want to make sure your place is super clean after all your stuff is out. I got about 2 hours of professional cleaning for about $40. SPOTLESS and totally worth saving me the hassle.
8. TAKE PHOTOS
Speaking of that security deposit. . .if you’re renting, take photos of your space once it’s all cleaned out. This way, if your landlord is shady and tries to say that things didn’t look awesome when you left, you have timestamped proof that it did.
- xoxo, Lindsey