Moving out to a new city? How to make a seamless transition

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Moving out can be both exciting and terrifying. Whether it’s the first time you’re moving away from your parents or this is your third rental this year, there’s something quite refreshing about changing the environment and setting up a new home. But, between the excitement of a new start and the comfort of a fresh home there are boxes. Lots and lots of boxes to organize, pack and unpack and these alone are enough to trigger an anxiety attack. Here’s how you can deal with them and move out without feeling overwhelmed.

Create a to-do list a few months in advance

If you wait until the last minute to pack everything, you’ll discover that: a) you have more staff than you imagined and b) 24 hours are not enough to pick out everything you need and store them neatly into boxes. Moving out can be quite chaotic, because apart from the actual packing you’ll need to run a lot of errands, talk to contractors, redecorate and much more. Deciding what to keep and what to throw away in that chaos is not very effective, so start planning a couple of months in advance. You can start a to-do list on your phone, split your belongings into categories and add new items gradually. As soon as something new pops into your heads, just type it there. And, because two heads are always better than one, you can share this list with your partner or roommate so that they can contribute as well. This way, you won’t be overwhelmed by panic at the last minute and pack a lot of things you don’t need.

Stock up on boxes

Boxes might not look very glamorous, but they are the easiest way to store your belongings when you move out. If you’ve been planning this for a long time, then keep the boxes from online orders or larger electronics or ask your friends to give them to you. If this isn’t an option, then another easy way to get them is to go to the nearest supermarket or liquor store. They throw away a lot of perfectly good boxes and sometimes you can even find bubble wrap there for fragile objects. When packing your things, remember to categorize them after their type, volume and fragility. Write the name of the category on the box and store them based on their importance. Always start by packing the essentials, because you don’t want to run out of boxes when you get to dishes and towels. To make sure nothing gets lost, count your boxes and write the name of the room where they should go.

Low on space? Rent a storage unit

Space isn’t a huge deal breaker if you’re moving out from your parent’s house, but stay in the same city, because you can always send some items back if you don’t have enough room. However, if you’re changing cities too and your new home isn’t spacious – such as is the case with college students – then you’ll need to think outside the box. Literally. Look for storage units near you and you will be able to fit all the large items that wouldn’t normally fit in a small apartment. You can use them as a temporary solution if you’re not sure if you’ll be using some stuff or they can be a long-term storage solution for very large objects that you simply don’t have room for. For example, storage units can accommodate bikes, sports equipment, gardening tools and collectables. You can also use them to store seasonal items such as beach umbrellas, winter puffer jackets and luggage cases. This way, your new apartment won’t feel claustrophobic, but you’ll still have access to all your belongings when you need them.

Hire a moving company

Hiring a moving company is rarely the first choice when people move out. Most of the time, they decide to ask friends and family members for help, but if you write down the pros and cons you’ll see that this isn’t always the best choice. To move out, you need a van, not an average family car. You also need help to pack and unpack everything, which isn’t something that everyone is willing to do. Moving companies do ask for a fee, but you won’t have to owe your friends one afterwards or risk your uncle’s spine. Also, if you have large, fragile items such as pianos, heirloom, vintage chandeliers, it’s wiser to hire professional movers because they know how to handle such loads and you don’t risk breaking them.

Press and pack is a lifesaving technique for small items

Packing large objects isn’t very difficult. It’s packing small objects that makes homeowners dread the moment when they have to move out. Fortunately, there’s a simple technique that can save you the headache: press and pack. All you need is some cheap sealing wrap which you can find in most hardware stores. Simple take out the thing you want to move – such as a jewelry board or even an entire drawer filled with trinkets – and wrap it in the sealing. When you get to your new home, simply remove the seal and voila! You moved all these small objects without getting them all tangled!

Clean out the new place before moving in

If you have the time and money to drive to your new home before moving out, take the time to dust everything and clean the floors. You’ll definitely thank yourself for this effort on the moving day, because you won’t have to deal with cleaning and unpacking at the same time.