For the first time in almost 10 years (!), I am not moving to a different apartment/city/general location. That’s right Brooklyn – I’m here to stay.
Although the choice to stay put undeniably cuts down on stress, I have learned to relish the process of moving – the packing, cleaning, organizing, and re-decorating that comes along with relocation feels like an opportunity for a fresh start. It sounds strange, but I think I’m going to (kind of) miss it.
If you are undertaking a move anytime soon, read below for my tips to maintain calm through the chaos.
In Your Old Place
In the weeks leading up to your move, set aside some time each day to go through your things and get rid of anything extraneous. Hold a garage sale, get on Craigslist and/or donate to charity.
Rethink The Cardboard Box
Instead of using standard cardboard boxes, save time and sanity by packing as much as you can in your already existing suitcases, reusable shopping bags, and baskets.
Repair And Replace
In addition to cleaning the sh** out of your old apartment, make sure to get yourself some spackle and patch up any holes in the wall. Also replace anything you may have moved during your tenancy (i.e. super inconveniently placed towel bars, old kitchen cabinet hardware, etc.) The goal here is to get 100% of your security deposit back.
In Your New Place
Measure Measure Measure
Before you move in a single thing, measure each room of your new apartment. Use masking tape to plan out where major pieces of furniture will go so you don’t spend half your life moving your headboard only to realize it won’t fit. And don’t forget to measure the width and height of the stairs! You don’t want to order a new box spring only to find out it’s impossible to turn the 90 degrees into your apartment, and when the movers call to tell you you ugly cry in the checkout line at Target. Not that this has happened to me…
This is the only time you will have the apartment completely and totally empty. Take the opportunity to deep clean every inch of the place, from windows to crown moldings.
Even though decorating your new place is the most fun part of moving, don’t buy anything new for your pad until you’ve lived there for at least 2 weeks. You really don’t know what you’ll need until then. Also use this time to evaluate non-essential services, like cable T.V.