My family just moved; hopefully for the last time ever! It was hard, exhausting, and labor-intensive. My bones still ache from all the long nights. Here are some things I learned that really made our move a LOT easier. And some tips based on the mistakes we made. 1- A few weeks before you get ready to move, start going through your closets and set things aside that you haven’t worn, used, or needed for the last year. This will help to cut down on the amount of crap you end up moving, and you will thank yourself when you start unpacking. 2- Take the things you haven’t used or needed to Goodwill or have a moving sale! We didn’t have much to sell, but we made about $300 dollars on things that were of no value to us anymore. Any extra cash is helpful when you’re moving to a new place. 3- Box everything!! Nothing is more annoying to the people that come to help you move than the feeling that you expect them to pack things up for them. Your life will be easier if you can easily stack boxes into your moving truck. Remember, Tetris is easier with squares!! 4- Recruit a big group of people to help you stack your boxes into your truck. Bribe them with cold drinks, pizza, or doughnuts. You can use all the help you can get. 5- Rent the biggest U Haul you can find. It’s so much easier to pack one vehicle than to pack things into a tiny truck over and over again. It will save you and your helpers a lot of time! 6- Pay someone to clean up the house you are moving from. I’m sure it differs from area to area, and the size of your house, but the cost for paying someone to clean up after you is totally worth it. I wish I had taken the money we earned from the yard sale and used it to have someone clean our townhome for us after we moved! I spent so much time scrubbing that place! 7- Organize your boxes as best you can. The more organized your belonging are, the less work you’ll have when you get into your new place. You’ll already be super exhausted from all the packing and you’ll be grateful when you don’t have to search for the things you need. 8- Label your boxes with a lot of detail. They should indicate which room they belong in, and you can write all the items that are in each box, so you can quickly locate them. 9- Saran wrap your drawers. After you remove everything from your armoires and dressers, wrap them so that the drawers can’t slide in and out while you’re moving them. You should also use painters tape to label them with the rooms they belong in. 10- Hire a moving company! Forget everything I said and hire someone to do all this crap for you! It’s totally worth the money if you can afford it! My husband and I spent 2 FULL weeks packing, cleaning, organizing, and did I mention cleaning?! Save your pennies and hire someone to do it for you! You’re welcome! Jessica
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