Top 5 Tips for Moving

August 25, 2015

MovingIt’s been a while. Why so long, you ask? I could launch into a really long story, but it doesn’t matter.

Long story short, I moved apartments! My place still looks like a minefield of boxes after this weekend, and I’ve stubbed my toes and tripped an average of 10 times per day. I’m in the process of making it a really cool space, so keep on the look out for finished decor pictures!

After moving seven times, I have a few tips that you may find valuable. Here we go!

5. Make a list of objectives for each weekend in the two months leading to your move.

If you’re a procrastinator, like me, this is a good way to force yourself to actually accomplish things before you want to pull your hair out. Start with packing objects you won’t use, like out-of-season clothing, little-used bookshelves, candles and decorations.

4. Evaluate if you need a moving company early.

If you’re a renter, you may or may not own appliances and furniture that would be difficult to move on your own. Got friends that can handle that washer and dryer as long as you pay them in pizza and beer? Great! However, consider the liability if they hurt themselves with your heavy items. Me? I hired a company since I lived on a third floor with no elevator.

However, I mitigated the costs by moving as much as I could with my family and friends to limit my hourly expenditure.

3. Make time for your social life.

Moving is overwhelming, but make time for yourself. Keep your sanity. Don’t make a bubble where all that exists in your life is packing tape and bubble wrap.

2. Block off your moving week in your work calendar as soon as you can.

If you are involved in meetings often, block off the days leading up to your move on your work calendar as soon as possible. Nothing sucks more than having to take a conference call while you are sweaty and caked in dust from your moving, sweeping and cleaning. Ideally, you can separate your personal and professional life with enough advance notice. There’s no need to be more stressed out than necessary!

oil-bottle-large-purification1. Diffuse oils to get rid of that new paint smell.

If you don’t want to get light-headed from the fumes, diffuse your favorite scent. I found Purification very affective at getting rid of that paint smell combined with open windows and a floor fan. Another tip? Diffusing your favorite oils can help you fall asleep more easily that first night in your new place.  Here’s my favorites.

Do you have any moving tips that you swear by?


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  • Reply Taylor August 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Love this! Your apartment looks so stylish and cute. ♡

    • Reply Rachael August 31, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks, Taylor! <3

  • Reply Claire November 2, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    How did you hang your lights?! And where are they from thanks!!! Love your blog!

    • Reply Rachael November 2, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      I used “J” hooks that had dry wall anchors to screw into the ceiling. If you have a ladder, a hammer, and some elbow grease, you’re good to go! The lights were purchased from Crate & Barrel – “Vintage Edison Bulb Outdoor String Lights” ($49.95).

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