How I: Pack for Moving.

Alright, folks. We move in a little over a week, so I am currently up to my eyeballs in moving boxes. Therefore, I figured I’d share some of the tips and tricks that I have added to my “How to Be an Adult” manual for my dear readers. I hope you mildly take interest enjoy!

Purge beforehand.
This is crucial to a successful move. I started purging about 2 months ago and have slowly been throwing things away that we don’t need/want anymore. My method for purging is as follows:
1. Empty ALL the items from the area you’re cleaning (a drawer, a closet, a shelf, etc.). Don’t look at anything while you’re doing it, just empty it completely.
2. When you start putting things back, keep in mind these three words:
Best. Favorite. Necessary.
If the item you are holding at is none of these things? Get rid of it! Be ruthless y’all. Holding on to it won’t do you any good and it will only add to your list of mental and physical clutter.
3. Be quick. Don’t think too long or you will start to justify why you should keep each item.
4. Once everything is sorted into keep, throw away and donate piles, DON’T go back and look at them. You will second guess yourself every. time.
5. Actually get rid of the trash and donation. Don’t let them sit there for long (this is the hardest part for me!) or they will end up right back where they came from.

Ask for boxes.
Seriously, you’ll be surprised at how many of your friends have boxes just lying around. You’ll also be their new best friend because now they don’t have to take them out with the trash!

Use styrofoam plates as cushion in between glass plates (and pack them vertically).
Quick and easy tip, but oh so helpful for all my Pioneer Woman dishes!

Label everything.
Each box should at least have the name of the room that it belongs in, but bonus points if you list what’s in the boxes!

Use alcohol boxes to pack glasses.
I went to the ABC store the other day because several people said that they always have boxes. Hint – go before noon or they will all be gone! I almost removed all the of little dividers that came in the box, but they actually work GREAT for keeping all of my glass cups upright and secure for moving.

Use washi tape to label cords.
It’s easy to say, “Oh, I will totally remember that this random black cord goes to my *insert electronic device here*, so I’ll just pack it away in this random box.” But then you get to your new place and you have about 1,947 black cords to pick from and suddenly life gets more complicated.

Pack books in a rolling suitcase.
Books are h.e.a.v.y. and often cause the box they’re in to break. So, put them in a rolling suitcase so that you can transport them easily!

Pack a “first night” bag.
There’s nothing like being exhausted from moving all day and realizing that you packed your toothbrush or shower curtain in a box and they’re nowhere to be found. Make sure that you have all of your everyday essentials close by so that you can have easy access to them after a long day of moving.

For more tips, visit my Moving board on Pinterest!

If y’all need to find me, just search in the maze of boxes at my apartment.

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