After graduation, moving out and getting a “big girl” job seemed like a no brainer, save up some money, find a job and MOVE! But little did I know that being a full-time adult is a lot harder than that. With that being said, I’ve created a post where I’ve listed 7 tips I found helpful while moving, and some I learned along the way! Moving to a new city or state is a fun transition period in life and although it’s pretty much destined to be stressful, that doesn’t mean some tips and tricks can’t help!
1. Save, save, and then save some more
I would like to commend myself on saving up a decent amount of money for my move, but there could always be more to save. If you plan on moving out of state, or into your first apartment (with no parental funds, I’m talking ON YOUR OWN), then saving up every last penny is a must. This means that those new shoes, that new shade of lipstick, or even that expensive coffee may just have to wait. Trust me, I’m the queen of buying things I don’t need and this was probably the hardest realization of moving. I realized that if I wanted to be sure I had enough money to securely move in and pay for any extra accidentals, the shoes would have to wait.
This leads me to my next point…
2. Double check (and even triple and quadruple check) pricing, reservations, and moving quotes.
I can tell you from first-hand experience that if you don’t check up on your reservations or pricing, you run the risk of being surprised with new hidden fees, and more like I did. For instance, the day before I was supposed to pick up our moving truck I was told the online reservation I had made was incorrect and that I had to pay an extra $200 for the moving truck. Not to mention the actual DAY OF moving, the truck was no longer there and I had to go find another moving truck at another store, talk about STRESS OVERLOAD! I also had issues with apartment pricing and a load of other things that were out of my hands but had money coming out of my pocket for other people’s mistakes. SOOO what I’m saying is, call and then call again to check pricing and make sure that everything you have pricing for is still correct, because coming up with $200 extra bucks last minute is not fun.
3. Start buying early
Now I don’t mean, blankets, throw pillows, and cute decor (because that stuff is so much fun) but I’m talking about kitchen supplies, furniture, bedding, things that are a necessity. I know the decor is a lot more fun to shop for, but I learned that waiting till you’re actually in your new space is the best way to shop for the right decor, and getting all the necessities out of the way first is the best way to make sure you have everything you need.
4. Have a good support system
I was lucky enough to move to Florida and have my boyfriend to comfort me, but sometimes others don’t have that luxury. So if you’re moving to a new place where you may not know anyone, find some safe places that get you out of the house and remind you of home. Also make sure you talk to friends and family from home, even though they may be miles away, hearing and seeing a familiar face through FaceTime is a good way to ease into the transition of a new lifestyle. Having my family bring me down to Florida and get my new home set up also made the transition a little bit easier.
5. Try new places
If anyone knows me I’m a huge foodie and a connoisseur of good coffee shops. So when you move into your new place, after everything is settled take the time to explore your surrounds. Find a good coffee shop, and try out local places to eat, not only will you probably find your new favorite cup of coffee, but you’ll make yourself more familiar with your new surrounds and that’s always a safety must.
6. Visit your new living options before you make a decision.
I found many great looking apartments online, but when I went to actually visit them and check out the location, and facility, I was in for a rude awakening. If you’re living on your own you definitely want to be living in a well-lit, and safe area, and you can not depend on the Internet to give you the fullest insight. Taking the time to visit as many apartments or homes as you can before moving is the best way to find the best fit for you.
7. Declutter BEFORE you move
I decided to go through my closet, draws, and literally all my stuff before I moved and not only did I have less to pack but it made my stress level a lot lower. By going through all your stuff and get rid of what you don’t use or wear it allows you to lighten your moving load, and get a head start on some spring cleaning. Not only will you declutter your space but you will also move into your new place knowing that what you have is all things that you need, so once you move in you can spend all your time unpacking, not unpacking AND declutter.
MOVING TIP: When you’re decluttering your closet save your clothes and items and resell them to second-hand clothing stores to make some extra cash for your move! Every penny counts!
I hope that these tips and tricks help you if you’re in the process of a new move! Moving from the comfort of home and creating a new home for yourself, away from family, can be overwhelming, and stressful, but I’m hoping that this post can help you feel prepared and ready to tackle your new move!
Until next time,