Nobody likes moving. It took me a whole lot of moving to figure out that I could do it organized and on a budget! In my younger years, I moved around a bit but I did the whole pick up and move thing, left behind so much furniture because it was too big for me to take along. Looking back I should have just rented furniture, it would have saved me a ton of money. If only I would have been smarter and not so headstrong lol. At least all those moves were before I was married and had children because I’ll be moving again shortly and wow, I’ve accumulated so much stuff over the years. This will by far be my biggest move yet.
I’m excited to get settled into our new home the reality of packing, unpacking and keeping everything organized is starting to set in. Gosh, we’ve been in this house almost nine years. Do you have any idea how much crap a person can accumulate in that amount of time? I’m not exactly sure, but I promise it’s a lot. In the time we have lived here our family has more than doubled in size along with our house. Yea, so I think it’s safe to say this move isn’t going to be cupcakes and unicorns.
Yea, since I’m not thrilled about the actual packing and moving our whole life I have been thinking of different things we can do to make things a bit easier on the family. Here are a few ways you can lighten your load and move on a budget when it’s across town, off college campus or your moving to another state.
Don’t rush things
Things tend to have a way of working themselves out. Remember everything will fall into place when it’s supposed to. It’s been my experience that rushing things only leads to more problems and money spent. An example would be moving somewhere without a job rather than trying to find one first. Who knows when you’ll find work, it’s worth the time to seek to figure out what is available in the area and maybe score a job first. Wait is hard, I know but it does pay off in the long run.
Declutter before you start packing
Rather than taking everything with you and dealing with it when at your new home, declutter before starting to pack. The stuff you have to take with you the better, it will be for your family financially, not to mention you’ll appreciate having less to unpack.
Have a yard sale
Why not score some extra cash with everything you won’t be taking along. It could help pay for your move! You might even consider selling your furniture to make a little extra money and save you money when you move. You can always rent furniture when you get there.
Take time off work
Don’t try and move while you are working a full-time or even part-time job. Take a week or so off work so you have time to dedicate to the move. It will make things less stressful, and packing will likely be more organized.
Pack up things you don’t need first
Save yourself some time by packing things you won’t need up early such as photos, extra dishes, clothing you won’t use until the following season, etc.
Start collecting boxes early
Start finding boxes ASAP; it can help with the stress that comes with moving and even save a little plunger cuz it won’t fit in the bag, lol. But looking for boxes Something I have learned moving as much as I have is that it is best to start collecting boxes first, so you have time to make sure you get good boxes. Don’t wait until the day before you start packing to hurry and find boxes. You’ll end up making do what you can find which tends to go hand in hand with throwing stuff in boxes. You can also purchase boxes; I’ve done that a few times, but I do know it’s not always possible to buy boxes especially because you are just going to recycle them when you’re finished. I always feel better when I don’t have to buy money in boxes because I don’t feel like I’m just throwing money away.
Use plastic bags
When you start packing things like soap, oil, shampoos, and other things that may leak along the way be sure and put them in a plastic bag. At least if they do leak you won’t have to worry about them ruining anything.
While I’m not excited, I keep telling myself how much I used to enjoy moving. I would take a week off
Consider adding furniture to the yard sale
Not only can you make some money off your furniture you won’t have to load or unload it. I don’t know about you, but that is a whole lot of moving stress I can do without. Plus, don’t you know filling your home with new furniture will be awesome and you don’t have to purchase it right away because there are great places that allow you to like rent furniture CORT.!
COR Furniture Rental
CORT Furniture Rental is there to assist you whether you are moved without furniture, traveling a long distance and will be placed somewhere temporarily for work, finally moving off a college campus, traveling with the military, and even helping companies make changes in the workplace.
I know, I used to be one of those anti-furniture rental people too but over the years I’ve realized buying a couch and making monthly payments is the same thing and if you move frequently leaving behind furniture can get a little pricey. Let’s face it in today’s work we need flexibility and CORT Furniture Rental can help you smooth the twist and turns along the way.
Think of furniture from CORT as “furniture-on-demand” – it’s there when you need it and gone when you don’t, no garage sale required. Plus CORT even has moved in ready packages. These packages include everything you need to live comfortably – chair, sofa, end table, table lamp, cocktail table, headboard, mattress set, night stand, table lamp, dresser and mirror, dining table and of course four dining chairs. You can even choose to add extras like a comforter, home office, TV, kitchen essentials, and more.
CORT Furniture Rental would be fantastic for students who are moving off campus for the first time, and the price isn’t bad. You can take advantage of The Academic package which includes a study area rather than a dining room set or the Necessities which includes the dining table and chairs rather than the dining area. Both start at only $119. Starting at $119 month, just be sure you have your student I.D. ready.
You can rent with CORT Furniture Rental for as long as you need and when you’re ready they will come and pick everything up. It’s seriously just that easy. Not to mention that all you have to do is tell CORT about your home, and they will have their expert designers will choose quality furnishings for your new home.