As the apartment is quickly becoming filled with boxes and the weather continuously disagrees with our plans, the move is coming up quick. Don’t let this Paris post fool you though- we are staying in Newport! (I just don’t have any cute photos of anything right now. I’m living in my sweatpants and it’s a winter storm outside!)
We found a gorgeous apartment that fits every single one of our needs, and some. I can’t wait to start decorating it (all of that process will be shared here) but first comes the ACTUAL moving part.
I’ve moved a million times it feels like, but none have started as seamlessly as this. I have four tips for making a move smoother, because nothing I’m sure will make it more fun.
Always, always, always make a list. There is nothing more important than your moving list. It’s going to be long and tedious (and you have to make sure you don’t pack it up) but it is going to save your butt when your brain is fried and for some reason you’re still trying to do stuff. Make sure you jot down what you need to do to get these boxes out that door and on to the truck- no step is too small to note.
2. Make an overnight bag
I’ve definitely forgotten this a few times. You have to make sure all your clothes are packed by Tuesday night… but you’re not in the new place until Friday night? Remember to pack outfits through until next Wednesday! It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially if you aren’t taking time off work and need to look presentable. It’s the little things too- don’t pack up your laptop charge, and yes there will always be time to read a book so keep one unpack as well!
The best plan for success is to backdate what needs to get done. If you’re moving Friday, what does your life need to look like Thursday night, Wednesday, Sunday? If you figure that out it is much easier, and more realistic, to set expectations for yourself packing and organizing. It’s a careful balance of being prepared, but you also don’t want to have everything packed for a full week before you move if you still have to live in that space!
4. Don’t forget the champagne!!
Matt and I have a tradition that we have to have a champagne toast the first night in the new apartment. Personally I love this tradition of ours. Moving is stressful, expensive, and frustrating so even if you’re sitting on the floor and drinking out of paper cups it’s important to take a moment and celebrate. A move is exciting and a new chapter to your life, enjoy the little moments even if they seem a bit overwhelming.
Well, this reminds me… I have to finish packing my kitchen up! It’s always the last room I pack, and I find it the hardest. I hate ordering take out as a necessity and not as something fun, and doing it a few nights in a row is a huge pet peeve, but sometimes that is better than being stressed about wrapping up dishes!