It came suddenly like a punch in the gut. “I’m afraid we have decided to sell all of our rentals including yours,” said my elderly landlord. I had expected that it was coming for I knew she and her husband were getting to the point where they no longer wanted to be landlords. I had been offered the house for $50,000 but that was something I just couldn’t come up with. So came the dreaded moment of handing in my notice and being given thirty days to vacate. Moving isn’t easy especially when you are cyber schooling your teenage son. However, I was motivated and did as much research as I could on the moving process. I had moved so many times in my life that I really should be a pro at it by now. But is what I learned.
- Start quickly! The moment you hand over your thirty-day notice the race begins. You have thirty days to pack up your house and move. Thankfully I was given a place to live but for others, that isn’t always the case. So always have a plan in motion.
- Boxes! You will have to contact grocery stores, liquor stores, and dollar stores. The bigger the boxes the better. If all else fails go to Walmart and straight to the stationary aisle where they sell packing boxes and other moving supplies.
- Make a list of what rooms you will be tackling first. Though they say not to jump from room to room one may feel compelled to do so. Just remember to label each box.
- Stock up on garbage bags! Garbage bags become your best friend when it comes to packing up clothes, towels, toilet paper, and even paper towels. They easily squash down leaving room for many other things.
- If you are moving nearby or even fifteen miles away try to pack up your car or truck as much as you can and start moving stuff over to your new place. This helps gets rid of the stress of trying to cram everything into a moving van.
- Once you get stuff moved over to your new home start unpacking. Even if it’s just for an hour or two. The more you unpack the less clutter you have to deal with when moving in the bigger furniture.
- Always leave the bathroom last. That is where you will keep your essential items such as toothbrushes and medication. Save those items for last when you move.
- Eliminate the clutter. Any old stuff you are not using or have forgotten about. Any old toys your kids are not playing with. Make sure you take them to the local Salvation Army or Thrift Store. That way you are not bringing stuff you don’t need to be bringing.
- Try to get stands and other medium-sized items hauled over so it’s fewer items to carry on the day of the move.
- When packing up items such as toothbrushes and medications make sure to put them in a large clear bag. Then pack them in a suitcase along with any phone chargers you may have. That way they won’t get lost.
- Clean out your refrigerator. I know it’s hard when you in the middle of packing but if you have a break try to go through and get rid of what you don’t need.
- Finally, once you have packed go around and pick up any garbage left lying around. This will help make it easier when you have to return to clean up. Landlords don’t like to see any garbage or items left behind.
If you can come up with a game plan you can make it work. Moving is never an easy task in fact it is quite a headache. You are uprooting your life and starting over in a different town. It will be quite an adjustment. However, will a goal in motion and the right attitude you can make it happen.