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Whether you’re moving yourself or hiring someone to help, moving costs and stress can add up quickly. From boxes and packing materials to truck rentals and snacks for your helpers, what seems like a few dollars here and there can add up and create even more stress than just preparing to move. Today we’re teaming up with Travelers to share some tips for turning any move into a less stressful and costly experience. From tips on what to focus on each week to prepping a “First Night” kit, these ideas will hopefully save you a few dollars and provide a lot of peace of mind. Plus we’re sharing some inspiring interiors and DIYs to get you excited about creating a new home!
We’d love to hear what moving tips and tricks you swear by (which room do you unpack first?). Please feel free to share them below in the comments section and hop on over to the Travelers site to download a free 30 Day Moving Planning calendar. Print or save our helpful weekly to-do overview Moving Guide below. Sometimes it pays to ease into the daily duties by having an idea of what awaits you on weekly basis. So if you’re moving or thinking of moving anytime soon, check both guides out now so the stress won’t over take you once you have a move-in date!
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Bookmark this handy week-by-week overview and then head over to the helpful Travelers site to save the more detailed & very helpful .
Now onto some inspiring interiors and prep tips to get you excited about making your new space home!
Reduce: When you’re thinking about moving (or it’s already on the calendar), take advantage of the excitement and momentum and pare things down. Consider a yard sale or listing some more valuable items on an online auction site to help raise funds for your move or setting up your new home. Most cities and towns have charities that would love to have your gently used clothing, electronics or household goods, so consider passing those on to those in need if you don’t think you’ll use them in your new home. Think about where it will go in your new space – if you can’t imagine how you’ll use it there, it’s time to sell, donate or toss. Image above: The bedroom of artists Kieran Kinsella and Giselle Potter)
Color Code: Using inexpensive colored tape to mark boxes can eliminate the stress of trying to read handwriting during an exhausting time. You won’t miss neon yellow tape from a distance. Keep your boxes color-coded by room so that you can hang a chart up that visually tells you what color to look for when you need a specific item. Image above: Alethea’s home
Shirts and Towels Instead of Bubble Wrap: Rolls and rolls of bubble wrap can be expensive and finding piles of newspaper these days can take time. Consider packing ceramics, glassware and dishes in towels, sheets and t-shirts. It’s not as neat as freshly cut sheets of bubble wrap, but it’s free, does the job and it doubles up on something you already needed to pack anyway. Just be sure that anything fragile has a layer of shirt/towel/sheet on the bottom and top to protect it from any rough landings. Image above: Amy’s home
Save Some Money: Inviting friends and family to help you start a new chapter of your life by a moving party is a great way to save money on expensive movers and the perfect way to infuse your new home with love and laughter. A few takeout pizzas and cold drinks is a lot less expensive than most moving services. Image above: Marianne’s Suitcase DIY
Save Some Time: Pack clothes with the hangers still on in small portable containers like trunks or night stands You’ll not only save money on boxes, but when wrapped in a non-scented trash bag you’ll be able to get them unpacked, on the rack and airing out faster.
Plan For Your First Night: Make sure you pack a suitcase and a box with some bathroom & kitchen essentials (think coffee and toilet paper). You’ll avoid the stress of the avoid the “Where did I pack that?” blues the next day and ease into your new surroundings with comfort and caffeine. If you’re a pet owner, be sure to pack the same first night kit for your pets. A familiar toy, blanket or food bowl will help your pet acclimate to their new surrounding too! Image above: DIY Pet Bed – Please do not pack or move any living animal in a suitcase!