7 Essential Moving Tips + Free Printable Task List!
okay, enough baby talk for a second jeeeez! now let’s go back to that post about moving since we also made a big life change less than 3 weeks ago. moving is rarely fun, almost always stressful and most all of us have to do it multiple times.
while there are a few ways to make moving suck less, i have compiled some of my top moving tips as well as a printable task list! we have moved to three states (and back to two states twice) so i am making this for you as much for me, because i know this won’t be our last move.
okay, let’s get into some simple yet surprisingly helpful tips first:
1) pack 1 suitcase
this will be your go-to while on the road and once you arrive. fill this suitcase with clothes for your journey as well as 3 more days worth of clothes/toiletries for once you get the keys to your new home. include any medication or dog food you may need too!
2) create a “pack last – essentials” box
pack and label 1-2 boxes “pack last – essentials” and have that be everything you need for the first day and night in your new place. it should have a few plates (paper or real), a few cups, a few piece of silverware, towels, toilet paper, and paper towels. perhaps throw in a well-wrapped chocolate bar or vodka shooters because you’ll need those after moving in.
3) have clean sheets!
you could pack these in your essentials box or opt for a trash bag with them in it as we did. having a set of clean sheets to put on your mattress (even if it’s on the floor) is a game changer. my husband said he fell more in love with me when i pulled some nicely smelling sheets out for him to make the bed with!
4) keep your toolbox separate and last
keep your toolbox separate and pack it in the truck last. this will make it easily accessible to start putting things back together. be sure to throw in a pair of scissors too!
5) keep soft material things out!
by material things, i mean soft and squishy materials. save towels/extra sheets/blankets/ placemats/cloth napkins to be used as padding for dishes or other fragile things. we also used lots of scarves, gloves and t-shirts to put in boxes to fill gaps for extra protection. everything is coming with you and they don’t care where they go!
6) keep valuables separate
keep your jewelry, important documents and other keepsakes in a transportable backpack so you can easily bring it in a hotel with you and in a safe spot once you arrive. if you do keep them in box – don’t label it valuables because it may walk off.
7) snacks and medication – in the car!
if you are driving a long distance, we all know how vital delicious snacks are so i don’t need to remind you of that. one thing i almost forgot was tylenol and pepto (fast food wears a system down) should we need it on the road. it’s easy enough to throw in a snack bag and remember to keep hydrated!
because i like you so much, i also made you moving task list so you don’t forget things to do before you move and after you move (like updating magazine subscriptions). you can download and print it out here: Moving Checklist!
what other key tips would add when you are moving, whether down the street or across the country?