Moving Made Simple

There are only a few days in our lives that combine stress and excitement quite like the days when you move to a new home. This is especially true if you have opted for a DIY move. At first glance, moving like this can be an easy way to save both hassle and money, but things like a lack of planning and packing properly can quickly defeat the purpose, which would be to save money, time, and your sanity.Moving on your own can consist of things like late night packing sessions, frustration, and even strained friendships. There are ways to avoid this though, and here we will take a look at a few of them.

Don’t Do-it-Yourself- Moving in a DIY style doesn’t always mean that you will save money. In fact, with all of the hidden costs, it can actually be more expensive than hiring a moving company to handle the move. About 2 months before you move, you need to start scouting the moving companies in your area. Don’t settle for quotes over the phone or online either, get someone out to your place so they can give you a more accurate estimate, and make sure that you get that estimate in writing.

Packing- Whether you have a DIY move or if you decided to hire professionals to do it, you will still pack your stuff yourself. If you know what to look for, you can find quite a few packing tips to save you time online. One thing you can do is to closely consider what you are packing. Do you need it, or is it something that you know you will not want or need in the new place? If it’s something you’ve kept stored away for years, there is no sense wasting time or money to pack it up and haul it to your new abode.

Make a pile of this stuff you don’t want and either monetize it or give it away. You can monetize it by having a garage sale or selling it online or through a variety of apps like LetGo and 5Miles. You can then use this money to help offset the cost of the move. If you don’t want to sell your stuff, donate it to a charity of your choice. Make sure if you do this that you get a receipt, because you can use your donation as a tax deduction.

Keep it Organized- You will come to find that moving (most of the time) generates a lot of paperwork. You should keep all of this paperwork organized and together. Do this by creating a moving binder or folder. Use this to keep track of things like any estimates you get from the moving companies, any moving related receipts, and a complete inventory of everything that you will be moving.

Supplies- Anytime you move, you will need to have a ton of supplies on hand. This includes things like boxes, packing materials, tape, markers, etc. Now, you can go out and spend a lot of money on these things or you can make it easier and cheaper by getting some of the supplies for free and using what you already have in your home.

You can get boxes for free from places like liquor stores, grocery stores, and offices. Most of the time, they just throw these things out, but would be more than happy to give them to you. All you have to do is ask, and you might already have things like packing tape and markers in your home.

As far as packing materials go, here you can be a bit creative. Old newspapers and magazines can be used to pack between fragile items in boxes. You can use paper or Styrofoam plates in between your actual dinnerware to keep them from knocking against each other and breaking. You can use your blankets and sheets to protect the larger pieces of furniture from scratches and dents. You can even use your socks as packing material. Make sure they are clean and slide one glass into each sock to keep the glasses from breaking.

Moving doesn’t have to be hard if you are organized and have a plan going into it. And don’t forget… just breathe and don’t stress too much about it.

Skye About Skye

Real Mom Review's founder and main author, Skye Moyer is a 27 year old, stay at home mother of four beautiful children who is currently traveling all over the U.S. in her RV! She has been married to her best friend for almost 10 years and is happiest when surrounded by family & friends!

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