5 tips to help you prepare for a move in 1 month!
Preparing for a move in less than 1 month can be a bit intimidating, but it is totally possible!
When our last house went under contract we had about 1 month to prepare our house & move out.
And currently, we are about 60 days away from moving into our new house.
I shared a post with tips to help you prepare for a move 6 months to 1 year in advance many years ago & since it has been so long I thought I’d touch on this subject again but with a shorter timespan of just one month.
When we move in March it will be our 5th move in under 7 years of marriage.
And while I’d love to say that we will be staying put at our new house for at least 5-10 years, there is just no guarantee.
Especially with our track record!
I’m not saying we don’t love the house we are building, we definitely LOVE IT & feel blessed to be able to build the home we’ve been dreaming about since dental school.
The thing is, life changes unexpectedly all the time & if we get the chance, we will build again.
We’ve had so much fun!
But that’s not why you are here, you want help moving.
So let’s get down to these 5 tips to help you move in less than a month!
1. Make a Game Plan
Getting organized is always my first step.
Some people like to go room by room, others like to work from the top floor down to the basement, & others like to do all of the closets then all of the bedrooms, etc. until the whole house is completed.
I personally like to go room by room, completing steps 2-5 for each room, before moving on to the next room.
During our last move, I created 3 areas in our garage, one for donation, the second for trash, & a third section for items to sell.
We cleared out our family room first & used it as the specific location to put everything that was packed, labeled, & ready to be moved.
Having a game plan & getting organized will help elevate stress as you prepare to move in less than a months time.
2. Decrease the Clutter through Donation
I highly encourage donation.
We’ve donated 3 garage’s worth of items to our local donation center in the last 3 years & it has been a great way to purge the excess.
And if you have a lot of items, especially larger items like furniture or appliances, you can often set an appointment with them to come to your house to pick up your donations.
I usually call 2-3 weeks ahead of time to schedule an appointment for a few days before our move.
I also let them know how many big items I will be donating (like washer/dryer, bed frames, couches, etc.) & that I’ll have boxes of miscellaneous items (like clothes, kitchen/dining sets, etc.) as well.
3. Throw Out the Trash
You never know how much trash you have accumulated until you move, even when you keep a clean house!
Our house had been on the market for a year.
I spent a minimum of 3 hours cleaning between each showing (even when there were 2 in 1 day – I’m a bit of a clean freak) & we were constantly getting wonderful reviews that mentioned how clean our house looked.
Even still, as we went through each room I found so much trash.
Now I’m not talking about dirty napkins or old banana peels (gross!!) but like empty boxes to electronics from years ago that we held on to for who knows what reason, magazines from seasons past, & empty candle jars that I had never wanted to part with as they were so cute!
No one wants to unpack trash in their new home so just do yourself a favor & TRASH IT!!!
4. Sell the Good Stuff on Craigslist & Social Media
You could do a yard sale or flea market, but if you are short on time I’d just skip it & sell your big items on Craigslist & social media.
We did a 2 day yard-sale & sold about $200 worth.
I personally felt like it was a huge waste of time & have vowed to never host another yard sale.
I put a few of our bigger items on Craigslist & on a few different Facebook yardsale pages & had much faster & convenient success.
We put a mixture of free items (a mattress & an old lounge chair that the donation center didn’t want) & for sale items (storage bed frame) on those sites & were able to get rid of everything within a few days.
Just remember to use common sense & caution when selling to strangers.
5. Packing & Labeling
Don’t waste your money on moving boxes if you don’t have too.
Call your local liquor store & see if they have any free boxes!
When we moved from Birmingham to Chattanooga Roger’s work paid for his relocation & I swore this was how we were always going to move from then on…
But when it came down to it we didn’t have enough stuff to validate movers for this move.
We sold & donated most everything that we had & all that was left was some miscellaneous stuff we put into a small POD & the essentials we needed for about 4 months of living in a tiny 1 room apartment.
Neither Roger nor I drink, so it felt really funny driving to the back of the liquor store & filling our cars up with liquor boxes, but it was well worth it!
So we packed up everything that wasn’t marked for donation, trash, or to sell in clean boxes with lids that were free from the liquor store.
Now, liquor boxes are branded all over the sides, so you can try to scribble with a sharpie in blank spaces or you can grab some white sticker labels to have a more organized & clear labeling process.
Plus, having everything labeled clearly will really help you when unpacking in your new home.
I hope these 5 tips help you as you prepare for your move!
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With love, Giusti
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
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