Unloading After Our Last Move
We move a lot.
As in every three years.
At first, when I got into a relationship with a man in the military…I thought three years didn’t sound like a big deal. Three years felt like forever…well, fast forward 5 years into our marriage/6 years total into our relationship. We’ve got two moves under our belt with another on the horizon in less than a year. This time…we’ve decided that we are going to do the move by ourselves without the military packing/moving for us.
Of course that makes me a little nervous and stressed (even with 10 months to go!).
My motto is now: It’s never too early to start preparing! Lol!
I’ve already started purging things we no longer use…you know, those things that have sat around the house for years…the things that you think you’ll eventually use but in the end you never end up getting around to. I’ve been wanting to downsize anyway…so this is a good thing!
After looking at Nationwide’s Tips to Ease the Moving Experience; I might be super early in the scheme of things when it comes to getting ready, but I’m already on the right track!
As you can see, if you’ve got a move ahead of you in the near future, that infographic has EVERYTHING you could possibly need from planning your move, moving day, to after the move! Seriously…pin it for later!
Let’s break it down…
Pre-Move = Planning makes perfect!
- Make a check-list (see the photo for specifics!). It will help you not forget important things during such a busy time!
- Get serious about getting rid of extras! Have a yard sale and donate items! You don’t want to move things that are just going to take up space that you don’t use!
- Save yourself money if you move during the off-season. This might not always be feasible though… We typically move during summer. Of course, that’s the busiest time of the year but the military doesn’t care, ha!
Packing / Organizing = pack your stuff right!
- Get yourself all the supplies needed (once again, check out the photo, it’s got your covered!)
- Be kind to your stuff. Pack smartly with padding and don’t over pack boxes since you’ll end up breaking things!
Moving = Get ready for the fun (okay, that’s a bit of sarcasm)!
- Load your moving truck properly! Large furniture and heavy items go first and then you fill in the openings with smaller boxes and items.
- Clean out your old home, it’s easier to clean once the rooms are empty. If you’re renting, this is very important since you want your security deposit back. 😉
After Your Move = Yay, your move is complete and you probably don’t want to see another moving truck for a while!
- Let friends and family know of your new address.
- Find your utilities…I’m talking about water shut off valves and things like that! There’s nothing like having a plumbing emergency and not knowing how to turn off the water.
- Make sure you have home/renter’s insurance.
You’re all set! Moving may not be the most fun experience in life but it doesn’t have to be intimidating! Use Nationwide’s tips that I’ve provided and be confident that you can handle it! Happy moving! 🙂