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Moving Out Tips for New Adults

  • March 16, 2022

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First Time Movers: Tips to Organize Your Move

There are many things to keep in mind when moving out for the first time. You may have already found yourself a new space like a posh condo unit or a cozy studio-type apartment, but the idea of moving away from your old home may terrify you. This may be your first experience organizing and packing up an entire house, but it doesn't have to be a scary one if you follow these simple steps. Here are some tips to help you make this move an exciting and organized process if you choose not to hire professional movers.

1. Use checklists

Checklists are your best friends because they make sure that nothing is forgotten and everything is accounted for. Make a checklist for packing, for cleaning your old place, and for moving day itself. Always have this checklist with you and tick off the things you've finished doing right after accomplishing them. This will help to keep you organized and on track.

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2. Pack systematically

When packing, start with the items that you use least and work your way up to the items that you use most. This will help to ensure that everything is packed safely and securely. You want to make sure that those items you use the most are packed in a handy suitcase that you can easily access. This should help you get a hold of your essentials without having to unpack everything else.

3. Label boxes correctly

Make sure to label each box with its contents and where it should be placed in your new home. This will make unpacking a breeze and will prevent any confusion later on. Use different colors for different rooms so that you can easily identify which boxes should go in which room. Clearly, labeling boxes will also help your movers know where to place them.

4. Pack heavy items on the bottom of boxes

This keeps the boxes from becoming too top-heavy, which can cause them to fall over or collapse. You have to be especially careful when packing fragile items, so packing heavier items on the bottom of the box will help to keep them safe.

5. Pack fragile items separately

Make sure to pack all of your fragile items in boxes that are specifically labeled as such. This will help to ensure that they don't get damaged during the move. Use bubble wrap and packing peanuts to keep them safe and secure. You can also use towels and clothes to fill your fragile boxes if you are more environmentally conscious.

6. Plan ahead for moving day

Make sure to have all of the supplies you'll need on moving day, including boxes, tape, markers, and a toolkit. This will help things to go smoothly and prevent any last-minute stress. Have all the paperwork ready, eat a hearty meal for energy, and get ready to take on the challenge of being a new homeowner.

7. Clean your old place before you leave

This ensures that you're not leaving any messes for your landlord or roommates to deal with and that you're getting your security deposit back in full. If you are leaving your family home, you'll also want to make sure that it's clean and free of any personal belongings so that your family can start using it right away. Use this time to do a deep clean of your old place so that it's in good condition for the next tenants.

8. Transfer utilities and services

Make sure to transfer all of your utility and service providers to your new address before you move, so that you don't have any interruptions in service once you've moved in. Check the hours of operation for your local utility companies and make a note of them so that you can schedule the transfer for a time that is convenient for you.

9. Set up your new home before moving in

This includes unpacking boxes, arranging furniture, and hanging curtains and pictures. It's much easier to do this when everything is still in boxes rather than after everything has been unpacked.

10. Take time to relax

Moving can be a stressful process, so make sure to take some time for yourself once it's all over. Relax in your new home, take a long bath, or enjoy a cup of your favorite tea.

11. Enjoy your new independence!

Moving out on your own is an exciting milestone in life and one that should be celebrated. Make the most of this new chapter by embracing your independence and enjoying all that it has to offer.

Moving out on your own is a big step in life and one that should be celebrated. Make the most of this new chapter by embracing your independence and enjoying all that it has to offer: from unpacking, decorating, and making friends with neighbors - make sure you don't forget to enjoy yourself!  Good luck with settling into your new place!