Hmm…Another list of most useful moving tips and tricks? Let’s see.
Discard all the clutter you’d never use again. First, you have to assess your stuff to have a sense of what you’re taking with you on the move and what you’re leaving behind. There could be a variety of reasons for leaving your stuff behind. Your new place could be smaller, you could be moving in with someone with nicer versions of your stuff, or you could just be ready to get rid of the old junk you don’t need. Here’s how you do it:
Assess the space in your new place. Get the dimensions of every room in your new home and then measure your furniture to have a better sense of what fits and what doesn’t.
Sell your stuff on Craigslist. You should start doing this at least a few weeks in advance to make sure that people have enough time to pick up your stuff. If you have great photos and some useful stuff, it’ll be pretty easy to sell your things, and you may be surprised by just how quickly people buy up your things. For this reason, you shouldn’t post your stuff on Craigslist too far in advance, or you might just end up without a dining room table for a month.
Understand the challenge of selling your mattresses. You may have a mattress and box spring in amazing condition that you want to sell, but know that people are wary of buying a bed from a perfect stranger. Either prepare to set your price real cheap, or advertise with your friends, family, and people who actually know you.
Have a yard sale. This is a great way to get rid of a lot of your stuff in one fell swoop.
Donate your stuff. You may not like your old clothes or shoes, but a lot of people would benefit from them.
Have a moving party and put all the stuff you don’t want in the corner of your room. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your guests snatch them up.
Sell your old books to a used book store, or donate them to a library.
In the weeks leading up to your move, eat as much of the food in your fridge, freezer, and pantry as you can, so you can avoid heavy cans, or melting or messy food items