So you heard we’re moving, huh? Or did you find me because you’re moving yourself? Well congrats!
Well in mid February 2019, I was notified through my email that a house that had previously became off the market, that we were looking at, we could look at, from some unforeseen reasons. We went to see the house mere days later, after this email notification.
So let me back up a hot second to tell you more. I have been leisurely looking at homes on the app Zillow (let me know guys if you want to sponsor me, on a future post!) for a hot minute. I’d say about a year at the point where I saw this house.
I saw a local listing, just a hair closer to our job than we are, but on the other side of work. It was too good to be true, and we were like “let’s at least look at it, at if it is too good to be true, at least we tried”. So I messaged the agent.
We missed the deal by hours, literally.
I was low key bummed, but it felt too good to be true. I replied back to the agent, saying that if for some reason it fell through, that we’d love to look at it still. He was ok with that.
A week goes by, no response. Ok, I started to assume the original person actually got it and liked it enough. 10 days go by, same thing.
2 weeks though, while I was working with my dad on our project, I felt the calling to check my email, late in the afternoon, right before we were done with the meal, and eat it.
There’s the email that changed everything. “Are you still interested in this house? This isn’t going so well with the first person”
After some weather delays, we go to see the place that Friday morning, after we get off. We signed a week and a half later on the place.
Nothing major wrong with the home, just some very minor cosmetic needs (cabinets and counters in the kitchen, garage door needs some help on the treads, and the back fence needs help, and the yard needs weeded/TLC). So literally move in ready, basically.
Anyway, let’s get into some tips to help a move!
Tip 1: Ask your local grocery store for their boxes
Places like Walmart are really nice about saving boxes for you. Do not underestimate PopTart boxes, on the retail end. They’re PERFECT for game/DVDs. You can get 44 a box, so for us that haven’t downsized our DVD collections and those who have gamers who have kept their disc games.
Over sized boxes are great for fluffly things like blankets, towels, or rugs, but DON’T PACK THOSE FULL WITH MODERATELY HEAVY ITEMS. You’ll be breaking your back, and as the current retail worker that I am PLEASE SPARE YOURSELF.
Get some smaller boxes, just smaller than those PopTarts boxes, for things like wires, candles, and silverware.
This will help you with not spending unneeded money on your move. Plus, you can always return the boxes back to at least the company you got them from, like Walmart, and they’ll recycle the cardboard. Just ask! Or if you have a fireplace, or fire pit, that’s some easy fuel for summer fires.
Tip 2: Prioritize how you renovate/decorate the place.
A great tip I got from one of my managers I had, prior to her retirement, is if you’re going to live in the house as you renovate, start with your bedroom. Even down to repainting the walls.
We’re kind of doing that. I did the painting and Mr is adding the cabinets into the kitchen, as it’s SO MUCH EASIER to do that type of stuff prior to having our stuff settled in first. So yes, we didn’t move in right away, even though it was able to be moved into when we got the place. The lack of kitchen storage and counter space would have been an inconvenience but it could have been done.
I suggest to do as much as you can prior to literally moving in, even down to doing a good vacuuming and sweep, and even wiping down the walls (add some scents for personal enjoyment) prior to moving things in.
Tip 3: Give yourself some time!
This will save your sanity, any relationships you have (if it’s just you and your partner like Mr and I, or if you have kids as well, or dependent parents).
Especially those of us who work, and if you have kids, allow the kids to conquer their own space, for what their age allows them.
Tip 4: Make a plan.
Or a to-do list. Break shit down. Usually done best by room, and of what you use infrequent enough to pack now, and frequently enough to set aside boxes/room for them later on, closer to moving date.
Think of these last 2 tips like packing for a vacation. You have the clothes that you’ll have for the trip itself, but then the flight clothes, and you have to leave out your tooth brush, toothpaste, hair brush, and other toiletries that you’ll need to pack the day of.
Even take a “staycation” for this. Make the plan, schedule it off, and even if your kids have their school or extracurriculars, you can do what you need to do, and plan time for when they can do what they need to do, so that they can build on being a human, and it’ll help you on your own packing.
I did the whole “packing as a kid” thing, as a traveler and as a mover, from about 6-17 years old, plus my moves at 19, 20, and now at 24. I always mapped out what I needed as a traveler, and it helped me with the moves I’ve done.
By the time my 16th birthday came, I made 30+ plane trips. So in my current 24 years of living, I’ve made 11 moves myself, let alone leisure travel.
Tip 5: KonMari Your Sh*t
You don’t have to go ham on the Marie Kando method but her method does help! Even if you can eliminate some shit from your life, as you pack, and donate it go for it!
Rethink how you store, see, and handle things as well. Yes, I have my 5 year plaque from work, hung. I want a frame for Mr’s 5 year as well, and if we find his 10 year paper, I’ll frame it and add it to our list of frames somewhere in our new home.
Consider what’s really important, is what this process is. It’s not exactly minimalism but true joy, regardless of what the item is. This has been my life lately, and not in any pressuring way either.
Tip 6: Listen to some good music/Create a good playlist
Somewhat off from what Marie Kando says about audio during sorting, during packing, if good music or neutral music gets you ok with packing, go for it. In a way, sure you might not be as thorough but I feel like there’s a lot more positive emotion there, for what truly gets to you.
So yes, don’t listen to a radio remix. Make a playlist from your favorite artist, and listen to that. Or 3 artists.
There’s 3 songs from Taylor Swift’s Reputation album I go after (Ready for it, I did something bad, and Look at what you made me do) (all YouTube versions).
I’ll also go with my long term band here as well for music reference, Panic! At the Disco. (Hey Look Ma, I Made it!, the annoying single of High Hopes, and let’s go for a ham of a jam of Victorious.)
I have no idea what you’re into, but the taste of MY band should share with you a taste of who I am (Panic!). I love the TSwift as of late, Ariana Grande (7 Rings vibes). I like Fly By Midnight as well.
Tip 7: Still live your life
Regular life is stressful enough. Then moving, Then keeping a “love yourself” concept. Take an extra 3 minutes in the shower, and let your face/hair set for a little longer. Take the time to shave because you want to.
Yes, you’ll have to sacrifice your free time to packing for a month, but if you try and balance it, and allow space for it, it won’t feel so disgusting.
Make sure to still get your beauty rest! When you feel like you need 10 hours, go for it. If you’re feeling good and can feel good at 6 (like I did yesterday, with transferring the name on the water bill) .
Tip 8: Balance talents
This means between you and your partner, then who you each know, and what your tasks are.
This shouldn’t be one sided! Sure, “unbalanced” ok, but if ya’ll are using your talents and resources (friends, or if one makes more or has discounts somewhere like at Lowe’s) that’s how it should be. Not a literal 50/50 but the equal of talent, or resources.
I know negative things about cabinets/counter tops outside of what I want. Mr and I know a guy who is like “Let me help!”. Babe knows basics, but with this guy’s help, we’ll have better stuff. And with me learning how to stain (which with my painting skills), I’ll have that basic skill for a long while, I’ll learn something, and it’ll add to the “home” of our house.
Outside of relationships, (and speaking as an introvert like you wouldn’t believe!), talking to who you work with will really help. Either through their side work or they’ll know someone who can help, you can save money!
Tip 9: Clean as You Go
One major thing that I did from the start, is cleaning as you go. Your current place and your new one alike.
For your new place, as you tailor things like carpeting (or lack there of) and paint, do things like vaccuming and dusting things that are already there (even the shelves that are placed in closets and laundry area).
Prior to moving in, this is the only real time to really clean all the nooks and crannies of the house, that post moving in, it’ll be more of a hassle to clean some areas (the TV console area, under the bed, etc).
I’d even go as far as to say that this is the best time to do a deep scrub on carpets that you do have. Polish the wood you have into your home as well.
For your current place, as you pack, clean and dust. Then once everything has been moved, do a decent clean of the place.
So for bookshelves, like with what I started, pack the books, DVDs, video game discs, and whatever else you’re keeping on them, then wipe the shelves down with a Clorox wipe. I do a bookcase at a time, since we have smaller bookcases.
For regular used stuff (desks, TV consoles, kitchen stuff), as much as we sometimes get lazy about even doing the dishes, clean as you use. Even if you don’t use things that often (like our living room TV isn’t the best used TV in our home), dust that off when you DO use them.
Bedding and other odd things (if you have rugs in the home, throw blankets on the sofa, and the like), I’d say throw a good day in on laundry, and clean them either right before you move, or right after. And don’t underestimate my “day of laundry” here! Clean them good…take good care of them and order in pizza or get take out or gas station food (fill your tank if you’re going out…your future self will thank you, I’m sure).
Both have the same process in my mind (mostly, depending if you’re renting or selling your home, or upgrading your own home to rent out your current place), but their process is reversed really, in the most ideal scenarios.
What odd hacks do you have for moving that you can share?