I first wanted to start off today’s post by saying a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who reached out to me in excitement about our move this past weekend! I felt so loved by every ‘like’, comment, email, text…. I cannot thank y’all enough for your love, support and prayers for us. We are so touched! Though our move is so exciting, our first weekend of settling in did feel a little off.
My wonderful 98-year-old Grandmother is preparing to be with Jesus and this weekend she inched closer to being with Him for eternity. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, even when it’s anticipated after such a rich and full life. So I’ve been mixing the excitement of our new chapter with grieving my sweet Grandma who I just love so much. But if anyone was so excited and happy for us and this new chapter, it’s my Grandma. So I wanted to keep up with blogging the process here today and share with y’all some key tips I learned throughout this move that I thought could be helpful for anyone preparing to move, or anyone who knows someone preparing to move!
1. Purge Beforehand
I’m a seasonal purger. Meaning, you’ll often find me going through bins, boxes, closets, and drawers and donating unused items to Goodwill. Well, that served me well when I had to pack up everything I owned! However, I still made a huge effort to do a large purge of items before I packed them!
If I hadn’t been using it in our apartment, I figured I wasn’t going to use it in our new little home. So I purged as much as I could without getting rid of anything that may have worked in our new space. Purging more = less to pack! I’m so thankful I did this before I packed as well as simultaneously while I packed. It helps minimize so much!
2. Change of Address Info
The second we knew we were moving, we forwarded our mail. We also began switching billing zip code information, switching utility account information, and made lists of anywhere else our new address needed to be changed. Companies today make this process pretty easy to do so (and all available online). I’m so thankful we did this as the process of moving is already stressful, we didn’t need an added stress of account information being declined and mail being lost!
3. ZippGo Moving Boxes
This was the biggest game changer for us with this move! I moved nearly every year in college and grabbed empty boxes from Costco and then threw the rest in my car. #collegelife When I moved home after college, I couldn’t believe how expensive cardboard boxes were – not to mention what a pain they were to assemble and breakdown and recycle post move! Well, insert ZippGo. I don’t specifically remember where, but I’ve seen plastic crate boxes used for moving online in the past few years. They looked like they would solve my problems with traditional moving boxes, so I Googled to find them in the SF Bay Area! Note: there are companies like this all over, so if they’re not available in your area, you’re likely to still find a similar option in your city.
What are they? Essentially, they’re plastic, stackable crates. You plan out your moving timeline, schedule when you want them delivered at your old place and then picked up at your new place. You can rent them for as long as you need. You can also add-on packing supplies like paper and bubble wrap for no more cost than you would get them in a store or on Amazon (we cross referenced, duh.). You also can order plate and cup dividers that easily fit right into the crates which are crucial for your breakables!
Y’all, I cannot recommend these enough! This post isn’t sponsored by them… but I sure wish it was! From delivery to pick up to cost… these were the absolute best option in terms of moving boxes. I’m so pleased!
4. Hire Movers for the Big Stuff
I married a CPA. Needless to say, we keep things cost-effective around here 😉 We did all of the packing ourselves and the moment we got our keys, we began to make trips down to our new place to unload boxes. However, we have a king size bed and a handful of heavy pieces of furniture. To save our marriage and our backs… we made the decision to hire movers to come in with the big guns and do the heavy stuff. If your budget allows, I say you MUST do the same. It truly makes things so much less stressful! We were able to have everything packed and ready for our movers to just come with a truck, load it, drive to our new home, and unload… all within 3 hours. I will brag, they said we were the most prepared movers they’d ever worked for… so apparently all of my hours of work were worth it! But if you can put yourself in that organized position so they only come to do the larger items and find a moving company that brings their own truck?!?! So. Worth. It. We used OCD Movers here in the SF Bay Area and they were top-notch!
5. Use Trash Bags for Pillows, Cushions, & Duvet
Shout out to my Aunt Patty for this tip! She gave us this idea the day before the movers came as she came to help and saw that my couch cushions and bedding had not yet found a packed home. She recommended getting the heavy-duty black 30 gallon trash bags and stuffing it all in. Ummm… hello! What a fabulous idea! The movers threw them in the truck, they added a little extra padding to our furniture, and everything arrived clean! Done. Deal. Thank you, Patty!
6. Check out ‘moved.’
Another shout out! Thank you to the random Uber driver man who told us about this as he overheard us
arguing over discussing moving plans as we were coming home from the airport after our Nashville trip. Sam used moved. to coordinate details for our moved and thought it was awesome! I admittedly did not personally use it because I was lost in a sea of green bins. But he said it was super helpful!
7. Remember that moving is a marathon, not a sprint!
I’m really writing this as advice for myself. I’d love to say we’re all settled in with everything on the walls and ready to have our neighbors over for a dinner party tomorrow night. Not the case. We still have plenty to unpack, hang, organize, purchase…. and we’re just learning to be okay with the fact that it will happen bit by bit. We’re giving ourselves one month to really feel all moved in. That way we have a timeline with an end goal, but it still allows for us to start exploring our new neighborhood, enjoying cooking in our new kitchen, and relaxing in our new backyard. I’m about as stubborn and impatient as they come, so this is a learning curve for me. However, I think it’s crucial in order to not burn out and make moving as a whole a little less stressful!
Hope these tips helped! They were truly game changers for us throughout this experience so I wanted to document them for y’all! If you have any other moving tips and tricks, leave them in a comment below as I’m sure anyone reading this would love to hear! Because let’s face it, no matter how much we plan and prepare: moving is still the worst. So any help is appreciated, am I right?!
Wishing y’all a great start to your weeks!