Moving into a new apartment is a thrilling experience. You have a blank canvas to make your own, new neighbors to meet, and a local community to explore! However, the actual tasks of packing, moving, and unpacking can be daunting. If you’re able to move yourself into your new apartment, here are some tips to make the process a little easier:
1. Declutter First
Why pack and move what you don’t really need? Moving is the perfect time to part ways with clutter such as old clothes, mismatched dishware, or furniture that has seen better days. Go through your current belongings to determine what you’ll be keeping, donating, and trashing. It’ll make organizing your new apartment a breeze.
2. Plan The Process
Winging it isn’t for everyone. It certainly shouldn’t be the mindset used when moving. Be sure to let the community know your date and schedule the elevator, if applicable. Plan out a loose schedule for how you want moving day to go. Whether you’re moving during the week or on the weekend, take into consideration holidays, traffic, the parking situation at your new place, and weather. Having a clear idea of when and how you’ll be getting from point A to B will relieve some stress.
3. Small Boxes Are Better Than Bigger
One might think the bigger the box, the better. That’s not the case. No one wants to spend time meticulously packing a giant box just to realize it’s too heavy to lift. The smaller the box, the lighter it will be, and the less strain you’ll place on yourself when moving.
4. Create A Labeling System
Help future you by clearly labeling which room each box is intended to be placed in within your new apartment. By labeling all four sides of the box, you’ll be sure to know which one each is regardless of how it’s placed in your car or rental vehicle.
5. Use What You Have Instead of Bubble Wrap
If you can’t squeeze in a trip to the store to purchase bubble wrap to protect your fragile belongings, try using things you already have. Using plush items such as towels and sweatshirts to wrap up mugs, plates, and more, gets the job done. The towels and clothes are coming with you anyway, might as well put them to good use!
6. Think Ahead, Pack A Bag
There is nothing more frustrating than not having things you need quickly at hand the first night in your new place. After a long day of moving, you likely won’t have unpacked much yet. Not to mention you’ll be tired! Packing an overnight bag with some clothes, toiletries, and paper plates/utensils will help make the first night go smoothly so you aren’t searching through boxes.
7. Unpack With Purpose
Once you have time to unpack, do it strategically. Start with boxes that contain belongings kept in high-use areas such as the kitchen. Unpacking can be the most stressful part of a move, but if you power through each room, one at a time, you’ll be done in no time. Don’t forget to recycle your boxes and get rid of anything that may have escaped your eye during the declutter phase.
Moving with furniture adds a whole new level of complication that many people are uninterested in dealing with. If your current apartment is furnished with pieces that are in good shape consider selling or donating. Ikea recently announced they will be piloting a furniture rental program, so very soon you may be able to rent a couch!
Looking to make a move to the Silver Spring, MD area? Consider the Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes for your next home. There are tons of things to do and reasons to live in Silver Spring.
The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.