After dreaming about it for months, you finally got that out-of-state job offer. While you are excited to start your new position, you have to move quickly. This means you need a plan to pack up your stuff and drive it to your new home. To get through this last-minute move with your sanity and possessions intact, consider the following tips:
Pare Down Your Stuff
To move as quickly as possible, you need to lighten your load. Start by making three piles for your possessions: one for the things you want to keep, one for the stuff you can give away and one for the things you can toss. Then, call up your most level-headed friend and have him or her help you sort your items into the piles. Remind yourself that the less you have, the less you have to box up and move and that many things can be replaced. If that old couch has seen better days, put it out for bulk trash or give it to a friend who needs one. But hang onto your Grandma’s dishes and other irreplaceable items.
Ask for Help
To get everything packed up and ready to move, you need a lot of help. Start calling your friends and relatives, and ask them to come over to help you pack. You can also hire a professional moving company to help; they usually send over a crew to help with the boxing process. To keep everyone full and hydrated, spring for some cheap pizzas, sodas and beer.
Back up Important Data
The only drawback to having people help you pack is that you might have trouble finding needed items once you get to your new place. For example, your well-meaning BFF might have tossed your bank statements into the box labeled “winter clothing.” Prepare for this situation by taking a few hours to back up all of your important personal information, financial documents and photos in a cloud-based system like Mozy. Once you arrive at your new home, you can use the service to access your credit card statements, rental agreement and all of your other vital paperwork.
Overbuy Moving Supplies
After you have determined what you are taking with you to your new place, estimate how many moving boxes you need and double it. Head to a local moving company and overbuy all of the supplies you need, including packing tape and paper for wrapping dishes, and then save your receipt. This way, once your friends and relations have arrived and everyone is in full-on packing mode, you won’t have to waste time or lose momentum to run out to buy more supplies. If you end up with leftover unused items, you can return them. As a bonus budget tip, remember to use suitcases and laundry baskets as free packing boxes.