Updated on July 12th, 2018
My husband and I started our little family almost ten years ago. We were both 21 and still in college. Since then we have both become college graduates, my husband has graduated from dental school, we have added 3 more adorable humans to our family, plus a few animal friends. We have lived in six different homes and three different states. In fact, in my 30 years on earth, I have moved 18 different times. I am no stranger to the task, and I have developed a few tried and true methods over the years that make moving a little less painful.
1. Purge. Before you start packing put EVERYTHING away. I know this sound daunting, but if you have ever been moving and ended up with those four random boxes of junk that was left over at the end, you know why this step is so important. File papers. Have a garage sale. Donate all the stuff you don’t need.
2. Use medium sized boxes and try to keep them close the same size. There is nothing worse than perfectly filling a box only to find that it is too heavy to lift. If the sizes are uniform it makes packing your truck a cinch!
3. Label. On every box I write two things, what is in the box, and where it needs to go in the new place. That way when you are unloading the truck every box ends up in the right room, and when you just need a pair of scissors you know exactly what box they are in.
4. Ask for help. Don’t try to do it all on your own. If you have kids, pay a sitter for a few hours to really get packing taken care of. Don’t worry about making dinner, cold cereal and pizza are great for a couple of days. Moving is stressful, don’t spread yourself too thin.
5. Decide if your furniture is worth moving. We just moved from Arizona to Alaska. That is 3,771 miles and 61 hours worth of driving. We will only be living here for two years while my husband completes a residency program, and our home is less than half the size of our previous one. We wanted to take the smallest truck (hello, expensive), and our new house wouldn’t come close to fitting all of our furniture. We decided to cut back. We sold the furniture we didn’t absolutely need in Alaska, and we left anything sentimental at my in-laws house to store while we are gone. Miraculously, we fit in the smaller truck.
But, once we got to our new home, all we had were beds and handful of other furniture pieces. We didn’t even have a couch! Now what? Knowing we would be moving again in two short years, we didn’t want to spend a fortune on new furniture just to leave it behind.
Have you heard of CORT Furniture Rental? They are the perfect solution for problems like these. Perfect for new families, temporary living spaces, military stations, or educational programs, they can rent furniture for as long as you need it! You can choose to rent a home full of furniture, you can rent by the room, or you can rent piece by piece. You can even rent everything else from dishes to a vacuum. It is so perfect and can really save a ton of the headache that moving provides.
Next time I move, I am letting CORT Furniture Rental take care of everything I need at the new place! It costs you money every month, but just think of the savings you will have from not having to move all of your other stuff!