Even when it comes to large endeavors like moving, DIY is your mantra. Maybe you considered hiring a professional moving company at first, but then decided you could conquer it without their help. You have a take charge attitude, and we like that! Moving isn’t an easy task but it doesn’t have to be complicated either. Check out these resourceful, moving tips that will have your DIY-loving spirit shout for joy.
1. Get Organized with Your Smart Phone
Your smart phone can be a major life-saver during a stressful move. Apps such as Sortly and online moving guides such as SmartMove’s Ultimate Moving Guide have great features that can help organize your move from initial planning to moving day. From making labels to checklists to timelines, these online resources give you peace of mind during this hectic time. It’s almost like hiring a personal moving planner that fits in your pocket. And the best part about these handy tools is that the majority of them are free!
2. Go on a Box-Hunt
A plus to hiring a moving company is that they provide the boxes and supplies for you. However, with some careful planning, finding your own boxes isn’t a difficult task. Hitting up your neighborhood warehouses, grocery stores and discount stores in the evening time is a sure-fire way to collect plenty of empty cartons for your move. Most stores will be glad to part ways with their used boxes – it’s less crushing and disposing of cardboard for them! It's important to allow plenty of time to gather them as you may have to make several trips to have enough for your move.
3. "Let it Go"
This can be a tough one. A simple way to make your move faster and easier is to, of course, move less stuff. The best way to get rid of your old belongings is to donate or sell them. The Goodwill and Salvation Army will gladly take clothes, toys, and furniture that you no longer use. If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, hold a garage sale and make a profit. Whatever you choose to do, moving is the perfect time to get rid of items that you’ve been storing for far too long. Think of it as a cleansing before you embark on your new life in a new home.
4. Enlist Your Friends
This is an obvious one, but the next best thing to hiring movers is recruiting your friends to do it for free. We understand that it isn’t easy to ask your friends to give up their weekend and help you move, but there are ways to help ease their pain. Sweetening the deal with free food and drinks and promising to return the favor are a couple of ways to get help. You’ll never know until you ask – and you’ll be surprised to learn that most of them are more than happy to help.
Utilizing these four tips will make you realize that a DIY move isn’t the daunting undertaking that most people have been led to believe. With some extra planning, research and tools, you’ll be as a good as pro!