As you may know, my husband and I are in the process of building a house on a piece of land we bought last year! In order to be closer to our build site and oversee some of the progress, we decided to find a new rental.
Which means we’re moving!
When it comes to packing up all of your belongings, no matter the size of the place you live in, it can seem a little daunting! If you’re planning to put in a little elbow grease and do the move yourself, it takes some organization to make sure things go smoothly (and even then, there’s usually a few unforeseen hiccups along the way!)
Here are a few of my tried and true tips to help you as you move:
1. Find free packing materials
We went to a few big box and grocery stores to ask for boxes, which helped us find the majority of our packing supplies! We also had a few friends who were moving around the same time, so we were able to borrow their boxes and plastic storage containers as well! Borrowing supplies from people you know, finding it through an online marketplace, or making use of boxes from stores is a great way to lower your costs and be a bit more environmentally friendly!
2. Start by decluttering your items
I cannot say this one enough—taking some time to declutter the things you own before you start packing them into boxes will hugely pay off! My husband and I did a major decluttering challenge in January, but we also created a donation box as we began to pack, so that we could evaluate whether the things we were packing were actually still providing us with value!
3. Get creative
If you don’t have a ton of packing materials on hand, get creative and make use of what you do have! I love wrapping glass items in towels, t-shirts, and other soft items I own.
4. Start packing as early as you can
Moving day tends to sneak up on you! It’s easiest to start packing as early as possible—even if that means you’re just packing up some decor or items you don’t use as frequently.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that every time I need to pack up and move, I learn new tricks and tips for making the process a little bit easier—what are some of your moving tips?