It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to make a post, but it’s because of something very exciting in my life! As you’ve probably guessed by the title of this post, I’VE MOVED! Ok, granted, it was only to Gainesville (about 2 hours north of Tampa), but still. Because I can never plan ahead, and because packing is the worst, I did everything wrong. I thought I’d write it about it in the hopes that you will read about my experience, and maybe make yours a little easier. Or maybe just laugh at how horrible I am at moving, I know I did. So without further ado, here’s my tips for moving!
Start Packing At Least A Week Before
If you take anything away from this post, for the love of God, take this. Can I tell you when I started packing? Two.Days.Before. And then I discovered that I not only own half of a Sephora, but an entire stockroom of clothes, shoes, and just random things I’ve collected in 24 years. Needless to say it caused so much unnecessary stress to have to fit a lifetime’s worth of stuff into two nights. So biggest suggestion would be to start packing early, even earlier than you think you should. This way, you won’t be rushing to get everything done, and you won’t forget anything, either.
Make A List…All the Lists
This is so important, and I wish I had done this. It would have kept me so much more organized, and way less stressed. Also, I probably wouldn’t have forgotten to bring all my kitchen stuff. When you move you obviously know you need clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc. However, it’s harder to remember things that are just there, like a trash bin for the bathroom. Examples of lists could be: Things I Definitely Cannot Forget, Things I Need Immediate Access To, Last Minute Packing, Things I Need To Buy, etc. I highly, highly recommend doing this, for your own mental health.
Do Your Research!
OK, hopefully you’ve done this before signing a lease, but it never hurts to check what exactly your apartment complex offers. Do you need a printer, a fax machine? Will you need to bring your own modem or router? Is it furnished or not..and what kind of furniture is included. Again, ideally you’d know all this before you move in, but then again…you never know! This was probably the only thing I did right in this whole process, and I can tell you it just makes good sense.
Are you really going to use that Bacon Waver your mom is desperately trying to get rid of? Do you actually need two full sets of champagne glasses (as a firm believer in brunch, I do, but hey that’s just me)? Are you going to ever wear those 8 inch stilettos you bought for one event? Be realistic about what you need and what will fit in the space you have. Right now I have an absolute excess of kitchen “stuff” that is still in boxes, and I have no room for. If it’s possible, just take what you need, and leave the rest behind. If you have to move everything all at once, toss the things you know you can go without. It’s hard, but you can do it!
Budget Your Time on Move-In Day
This was arguably my worst mistake of the move. I made plans with a co-worker the morning of, which were meant to go until 1pm at the latest. A few mimosas later, it’s 4pm and I’m still there (though I have to say…worth it). It takes about 1.5- 2 hours to get from Tampa to Gainesville, and the front desk of my apartment complex was meant to close at 7pm. That gave me just about an hour to get home, get the car loaded, get everyone who was going with me situated, grab last minute stuff and go. Needless to say, we left at 5:15, which could have still been okay. But as fate would have it, of course there was a huge accident on the way which took about 40 minutes to get through. Needless to say, I showed up late. Luckily the front desk guy (what’s up Cody? You’re the best!) stayed to get me all checked in and give me my keys, but still…I felt really bad about it! So seriously, make sure you leave with plenty of time, so that even if things go wrong, you have some leeway.
Conclusion? Moving is stressful and literally one of my least favorite things to do…but it helps if you try to stay organized. I hope I’ve given you some helpful tips, or a least a good laugh 😉 Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re moving, have recently moved, and what your experiences were! As always, thanks for reading!