Yes, Yes, Yes – As the season’s are changing, so is life. Now that we’re into the month of March, this is the time of year where weddings are being planned and some lucky bride or bridezilla is looking forward to going down the aisle to her prince charming. But you know what else this is the season of? ….. the BIG MOVE!
Yessss, this is the time of year where rental contracts are up and people are either looking for new digs or contemplating on if they should continue staying where they are. Let me just say, that that’s what I just did, I did the BIG MOVE and let me tell you – you learn something different and new each time. Will this be my last move? According to my aching body, YESSSSSS it will be – but in 2, 3 or 5 years tops. That statement may change, yet again!…LOL
So what did I learn during this move? Chile, A WHOLE LOTTA STUFF…
Moving just happens to be one of the toughest and hardest things you’ll do – it’s not only rough on your body (especially if you were sick with the flu the week before the move, like I was – this move liked to killed a sista…lol and I’m still recovering!) but it’s also rough on you mentally as well. Of course with anything you have to have a PLAN and moving is no different. As someone once told me, you have to…
So, if you are or do plan to take that step out of the old and into something new….you’ll have a couple of tips that hopefully could help you “plan” well along the way.
Tip #1 – Room to Room
I’m the type of person that can’t just clean one room – I have to clean multiple rooms at one time. My cleaning starts in the kitchen and then before I can get the kitchen done, I move to the living room and before that’s completed I’m in the bathroom. It’s a little insane but honestly it’s how I work. I figure if I touch everything – then I’m getting more done, which is totally wrong but I do it anyway. However, when you’ve decided that it’s time to move, my suggestion is to take one room at a time and get rid of things you don’t want NOW as well as things you might want to sell (I’ll get to that in a jiffy).
Doing these things now and hopefully you’ve given your landlord a proper 30 day notice. Will help you when move day officially comes, because who wants to take junk into a new place? I don’t and trust me, you don’t either. So now’s the time to decide what stays and what goes.
Jiffy moment here >> Do you know that I had papers (boxes of it) things such as old rental receipts from other places I stayed, old check stubs from years ago, cards from when I graduated high school (let’s not talk about how long ago that was), old letters from a best friend of mine (they were 20 years old!) I even found a love letter I had written to a guy I had a crush on when I was in my last year of high school/first year of college (that I was too nervous to give to him) – So what am I saying? I was carrying ALLLLL this stuff around from place to place for years!!! We never know what we have, go through everything and trash it or dispose of it safely (shred it!) It’s amazing the things we keep hauling around that’s not necessarily pertinent to us now. SO PLEASE, LET IT GO!
Tip#2 – Sell Those Items!
So you know those clothes that you’ve been vowing to get into or that treadmill that’s become your clothes hanger instead of a walking machine? Yeah, sell those items. I’m sure you’ve seen your new place and if it can fit the treadmill, great! but what if it can’t and no sense in taking it over if it’s still going to serve the same duties it’s doing now. SELL IT! that’s exactly what I did.
When it comes to moving I realized that people don’t have traditional yard sales anymore, I mean some people do but now that social media is a gem. Guess what, that’s where the sales are happening! In my county alone there are about 6 different ones and I joined all 6. Let me tell ya, my stuff went like hot cakes – I had so many people inquiring about things until, I was saying things were sold when they really weren’t…..It was crazy but it helped me get rid of a wide variety of things that I either wasn’t currently using or the new place was providing, such as a new washer and dryer. Can I get a WHOOT-WHOOT!!
So check out FB and see if there are online yard sales in your area and say bye bye to the old and yes to getting money for something totally new!
Tip# 3 – Be Safe
While it was exhilarating to sell off my items, I also had to be careful as everyone “online” is not who they say they are. So whether you decide to sell online or some other way, be safe in doing it. People are scared of you just as you are of them…
a) If what you’re selling is something big that cannot fit into your car. Don’t give out your address until you know for sure it’s a sale. I had many people to ask for my address but didn’t actually want to buy the items. It’s okay to let them know the county you’re in but not your address. b) If possible, have someone at the house with you – don’t be alone during an in house transaction. c) Ask that they have correct change before arrival as you don’t carry extra money.
*Bonus Tip* – Try to plan what you’re going to do by a week to week basis. Write it down and stick to it. When you’re in the process of moving, there are many things you can do to get prepped for the big MOVE and if your place looked anything like mine? Trust me, you need to make sure a plan is in place and you’re consistently working on it daily. This will ensure that come Move Day, you’ll be prepared and equipped to only take the items you’re truly going to use and it helps with clearing up your place as well.
Well, these are just a few tips to get started – I have more. Next week I’ll be discussing things you can do to get prepared to prep your rental so you can get that deposit back!
9 thoughts on “It’s Moving Season! Are you Ready?”
I moved 3 years ago, prior to that I hadn’t moved in 12 years….The packing and the decluttering and the unpacking and organizing is tough and oh so time consuming, but the satisfaction of getting it all done and coming home to your newly unpacked, organized home is priceless.
Congratulations on your move, Sis. I hope you’re as happy with your new neighbors as I am with mine.
Well, I haven’t met the new neighbors yet. The guy next door to me was friendly but his wife, well…lol. So, I’ve just been in my little bubble for now. But YASSS! as you stated, there’s nothing like coming home to a house that’s already unpacked and things already put together and up on the walls. I can’t stand going through boxes looking for things.
Thanks for reading Sis, Hope you’re doing well!!
Congratulations on your move! Moving is always bittersweet for me. Usually, I have mixed emotions – happy to start a new chapter and sad to leave the old one behind. And the whole moving process is never as seamless as I plan for it to be, but I do enjoy the idea of “new beginnings.” How do you feel about your move?
Hey, Hey, Hey! How are you….I sooooo totally feel you on the bittersweet. There was a part of me that kept going by the old place and honestly, sad to admit. I to emotional when the landlord seemed to be fixing the place up better than it was when I lived there….sigh…I found myself getting a little jealous, does that make sense?…lol.
Either way, I feel good about my new place. It’s really nice and I’ve gotten it pretty laid out. I know most people wait until like 3 or 4 months to go through all their boxes, but not me. I don’t like coming home and going through boxes to find things – so my weekends have been filled with, getting things straight in which is not good for my poor body, but when I look around now….I’m glad I did it! I didn’t mean to say all that and I apologize as I can get very chatty…LOL.
Anywho, thanks for asking about the move and so so sorry it’s taking me forever to respond, It’s really been a crazy couple of weeks. Talk Soon! =)
No worries! I understand. The way you feel about your old place being fixed up is how I felt my old college dorm being renovated after I left. 😂 I think that’s normal.
Haha, Thanks! =)