Moving, the actual process, is a less-than-awesome experience, the necessary evil to get your entire life from point A to point B in as little time as possible.
The process itself requires weeks of planning, stressing, throwing things away, trying to pawn things you can’t justify throwing out off on your friends, scrounging for money to pay for movers, and of course, that whole packing situation. Findind a new place is only the beginning.
Things to bear in mind while you’re moving:
1. Your movers will always cost more than they quote you for. Even if you like them, even if they’re good, you will still be bitter about this. New Yorkers: Take whatever they tell you and keep approximately an extra hundred on-hand just in case. Most movers require cash, some do cash or credit, so be warned.
2. That being said, if you have a friend with a truck of sorts, bribe them with hugs, high-fives, food, alcohol, whatever it takes to trick them into helping you move. This will save you a huge moving company fee.
3. Remember how your parents used to (or still) nag that you had too many clothes? You probably have too many clothes. You probably wear only half of them, and you really need to be honest with yourself about the wardrobe when you’re schlepping it to a new establishment. Weed out what you don’t wear and donate it to an organization like Goodwill or to a shelter/clothing drive in your area.
4. If you have furniture you don’t need to bring with you, or say, a window air conditioner or older TV that’s in good condition, sell it! Put it on Craigslist, offer it to a friend for a lower price than you bought it, whatever. If you know you’re replacing it, a little extra cash can’t hurt.
5. Save on groceries the week before you leave by eating your remaining food supply. Seriously, if you don’t have to take it with you, it’ll make your process much easier.
6. Packing isn’t like writing a paper, where if you pull an all-nighter you’ll be fine. If you’ve got a deadline to move out by, you should give yourself at least a week of doing a little here, a little there. It’s much easier to handle.
7. Don’t be a jerk just because you hate your current landlord. Make sure you leave your space clean and in good condition. Generally the landlord or management company has the right to keep your security deposit if they aren’t happy with how the space looks, so keep that in mind when the screw-that-guy mentality hits you. You may just screw yourself.
8. Make a list of essential purchases as you realize you need them. Maybe your last roommate was a baller who provided all your pots, pans, dishes, and silverware, but you’re going to need all that stuff all over again, along with cleaning supplies and other basics.