Today we’re talking about something that has been very highly requested and something I think everybody needs a little information/advice on at some point in their lives.
You guessed it! Today we’re talking about moving, roommates, packing, tips, tricks, and everything in between. I’m separating this into 3 different categories of moving, some of which overlap: General Moving Tips, Moving Out for the First Time, and of course Roommate Living. Before we start, let me just say these are all based off of my experiences, personal preferences, and thoughts I’ve had after moving several times, so take these as you may and just remember everybody and everybody’s situation is different!
With all that said, let’s get right on into it!
1.) To start off, begin packing a week or maybe even two prior to moving
-We all know packing for a trip last minute is the worst thing ever, so just imagine last minute packing for moving. NOT FUN. To make the moving situation a little easier it’s always better to start packing a week or two prior to moving that way you aren’t in a rush. Make sure you pack sensibly though. There are some things you won’t need within the week and some things you’re going to need right up until the day you move, so make sure NOT TO PACK DAILY NECESSITIES.
2.) Don’t grocery shop the week before moving
-This is something that helped me out a lot. If you don’t grocery shop the week before you move you either: 1.) save yourself from packing all of your refrigerated food in a cooler and bringing it to the new place, or 2.) save you from wasting a bunch of money throwing out food before you move.
3.) Get boxes from liquor stores
-THIS MIGHT BE MY NUMBER ONE TIP. The boxes are free and usually the owners of the liquor store are extremely thankful that you’re getting rid of the empty boxes that are taking up unwanted space. The boxes come in all different sizes and once again…FREE MOVING BOXES.
4.) Packing tape is a hassle, fold over the tops of the boxes
-All you have to do is fold down each flap of cardboard at the top of the box, two flaps will be underneath the others, take the opposite corners of the two flaps and pull only that side up and over the top pieces of cardboard. This should secure all of the contents inside the box without tape. This is a bit confusing to try and explain in words so I’ll insert a picture of how it should look below.
5.) Move in and out large pieces of furniture first
-When moving out and packing furniture into the moving truck, or in my case…my dad’s truck, first. It makes it so much easier to pack in the large pieces of furniture and tuck boxes in whatever spaces are left over. When moving in, it’s much easier to put in the large pieces of furniture first that way you can place them in your new space and add everything in after that. If you move in boxes first then you’re going to be maneuvering around stacks of boxes to get in the bed, dresser, couches, and whatever other large pieces of furniture you may have.
6.) PURGE WHILE YOU PACK
-If getting boxes from the liquor store isn’t my number one tip then purging while you pack is! This helped me so much. While I was working on packing up all of my items it gave me chance to go through everything and decide what I really want, need, and just need to get rid of. Not only did I do this while packing up, but I also did this while unpacking. Looking at items in a new space gives you a little bit more will power to say, “You know what, I haven’t worn this shirt in a year. Maybe I don’t need to keep holding onto it.”
MOVING OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME
1.) Create a budget for yourself
This is something everybody needs to do, but especially if you’re moving out on your own for the first time. Keep track of what you make, what you spend, what you need, bills you need to pay and all of that jazz. Creating a budget allows you to see where your money is going and makes it so much easier to save money, not overspend, and most importantly gives you guidelines to spend on what you NEED.
2.) If it’s a possibility and if it’s something that is feasible for your lifestyle leave some items at your parents house
-Since my dad is the REAL MVP. I was able to take only what I wanted and needed with me instead of dragging along my whole life. This means all of my memories from my childhood, extra decorations, a few clothing items, and anything already in storage stayed at my dad’s house. Doing this means less to move out, less to move in, and less to worry about finding a spot to place everything in your new abode.
3.) Purchase from thrift stores
-When looking for items for your new place, whether it be pots and pans, dressers, couches, or even wall decor take your happy butt on down to your local thrift store and find everything you could ever need at the lowest possible price. Usually thrift stores are picky about what they take in and sell back to customers, but just make sure to do a once over and maybe even a sniff or two when it comes to your purchases. Nobody wants to bring home a dirty couch or a cracked coffee mug.
4.) If possible, come home on the weekends
-Emotionally it was really hard for me to move away from my dad and Caleb, but one thing that made it way easier was coming home on the weekends to spend time with Caleb, see my dad, and hang out with anybody I don’t get to see on a regular basis. If you’re moving out for the first time and you aren’t too far away I highly suggest coming home on the weekends even if it feels like a chore.
5.) If alone, have some sort of animal to keep you company (if an animal isn’t possible, find a hobby that will keep you extra busy)
-Once again, this is a mental thing for me. Having something to take care of and something that depends on me really makes me feel a lot better. It keeps me busy, gives me something to always have around, and gives me something to cuddle and talk to on my worst days. If you can’t get yourself a pet for any reason try finding a hobby. Building legos is something that really keeps me busy and my mind off of the bad. Another thing that helps me out and keeps me busy is my bullet journal. (Which I’ll be doing a post on in the next few days!)
6.) Do research on the place you are moving, read reviews, read contract thoroughly, stand up for yourself
-This is probably a thing everybody should do when moving, but this is something I really recommend for people who are just moving out of their parents place; especially college students. As many of you know I’ve had some not so great experiences with the apartment I just moved out of. If I would have read reviews, and stood up for myself a bit more I could have made my time there a lot better, or even not had a time there in the first place. Do yourself a favor and do your research, read reviews, read your contract, and don’t deal with any bull crap!!!
(Before I get into this topic let me just remind all of you who don’t follow me on social media outlets that my roommate experience was one of the shittiest. Pardon the language but it’s completely necessary in this situation. I was screwed over from the beginning. I say all this to say; my roommate living tips may reflect upon my situation.)
1.) Before moving in ask invasive questions (mental health issues, sleeping patterns, job hours, if they are clean/do they clean, how often do they party/do drugs or drink, boyfriend/girlfriend/relationship situation)
-This is something I didn’t think about at all. Well I thought to ask some of these questions, but not all of them and that’s part of what ruined my time in my apartment. It’s not rude to ask these questions. If you’re living with somebody, sharing spaces, and have to come into contact with each other at any moment for any reason then you deserve to know any and all of the answers to the questions above if they could interfere with your daily life.
2.) Respect is key
-This is obvious and essential, but some people don’t seem to have the same definition of respect, so my tip for this is to set boundaries and maybe let your roommate know about your beliefs. If you do happen to feel disrespected in any way during your time living with your roommate, don’t keep that in, let them know. Fix the problem before it becomes a large issue. Trust me. Respect is the only way people can live together.
3.) Maybe try to do things together every once in a while if you get along
-If you do get along with your roommate it’s super nice to have somebody there to talk to and hang out with even if it’s just to go grocery shopping. At least try to get along at first. It could be great; you never know.
4.) Offer help
-If you see your roommate struggling in some way, offer help. It could be the smallest of things. Maybe you notice they’ve been gone all day and their animal needs out. Help them out. Take the dog out, feed the cat, clean the fishes water bowl. Or maybe you noticed your roommate came home in a terrible mood. Offer to make dinner for them or see if there’s anything else you could do to make their day a bit less stressful. Trust me. This is so nice.
5.) If you don’t get along be civil and stay out of each others way
-Being civil includes but is not limited to: cleaning up after yourself, not having people over at all times of the night, staying out of the other persons way, and once again being respectful. Simple tasks that everybody should always take part in when having a roommate.
6.) When looking for a roommate start off with people you know. (MAKE CRAIGSLIST THE LAST PLACE YOU GO)
-Now….like I said before, I don’t know if you remember my roommate horror story, but please dear God, learn from my mistakes. When looking for a roommate start with people you know, then if nobody you know is trying to room with you move onto people who they know who might need a roommate. My situation was a bit sticky and with being accepted into school over the phone I was forced to go to craigslist to quickly find a place to live. I found an ad that seemed to be perfect, but trust me….looks can be deceiving. PLEASE MAKE CRAIGSLIST THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK FOR A ROOMMATE.
Well my people, you asked and I delivered. Those were all of the tips I have when it comes to moving, packing, and living with a roommate. If you have any specific questions that pertain to any of the tips and tricks above or that have to do with moving/roommates in general please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will personally respond to try and help you out!
Thanks so much for the read, and be sure to check back in a few days for a look into my BULLET JOURNAL! -Another highly requested post- <3