6 Ways to Make Moving Less Painful

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I recently moved into a new apartment. Now, moving is famously really fun and easy right? No. No it’s not. I hate moving so much okay. But having just gone through this, I thought I’d share some tips that helped me not completely lose my mind during the process.

Be ruthless

Moving into a slightly smaller space meant I had to be incredibly ruthless when it came to paring down. Living in one place for nearly three years means you accumulate a lot of stuff that seems vital, but really isn’t. Just remember that anything you keep, you have to pack up and lug around to a new place, then unpack it and find a spot for it. Do you really need to keep every single pair of socks you’ve had since you were 12? No.

Don't overpack

When I went to the store to buy some boxes, I was mad that they only had medium-sized ones in stock. The influx of college students leaving town meant supplies were scarce, so I begrudgingly hauled four of the flattened mid-sized boxes to my car and called it good. But funnily enough, once I started packing the boxes full, I could barely lift some of the more crammed ones. While squeezing as many items as physically possible into each box may seem like the smart thing to do, it will actually cause more misery in the long run. You may have difficulty loading or carrying the boxes, or they may break under pressure and ruin your family heirlooms. Yikes.

Label & group everything

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how quickly things get jumbled around when you’re moving. Especially if you’re furnishing an entire house, you need to label each box, and try to group them together based on room or section of room. That way you can easily see where each box needs to go, which means less work for you in the long run.

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