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Why did I use a picture of a hot air balloon for this post?  Because 7 days of no internet will make you desperate.  I’m writing this blog post during the most desperate of times while my right eye has a slight twitch.  And if you’ve been reading this blog for longer than just now, you know we are preparing to move this weekend.  It’s like our final week before our move has to be extra difficult.  Oh well.  Such is life.

Considering the amount of times Carl and I have moved these past two years, we’ve gotten pretty good at it.  Not so good we plan to move again soon. More like, we aren’t stressing about this weekend…but plan to never ever move again until we have a house.  In all these moves we’ve learned there is one, and only one, thing you can do to make moving easier. Are you ready for it?

How to make moving easier without hiring movers

Have less stuff.

Don’t hate me for making it such a straight forward method.  But let’s be real. When you have less stuff, that’s much less to pack. We all get to the point of packing where everything gets a little hazy and you wonder why you even care to pack that millionth plate into a box.  For this last move, Carl and I put all of our stuff into a (somewhat) teeny tiny storage unit. We knew it was going to be in there for months, which brought up a question. If we can do without it for months, do we really need it at all? That question helped make packing a whole lot easier. Instead of putting a million things into boxes, we threw a million things into the back of my car and headed to Goodwill.  We also regularly purge our closets for things we still haven’t worn.  It never fails that I feel like I have more stuff with the less I keep.  It’s much more satisfying to look around and only see things you love as opposed to things you don’t like or don’t use.  What do you think?

Thing you probably have more than enough of.

  • Towels
  • Plates
  • Cups & Glasses
  • Random kitchen appliances you only use once a year
  • Non perishable food items
  • Clothes you haven’t worn in a year
  • Shoes you haven’t worn in a year
  • Home decor you don’t like anymore
  • Gifts you keep but don’t even like

Where you can donate or sell.

  • Goodwill
  • Local animal shelter
  • Food bank
  • Homeless shelters
  • Salvation army
  • Friends and family
  • Craigslist
  • Ebay
  • Amazon

 

How do you make moving easier?

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  • I moved so much when I was living in NY that by the time it came to drive from coast to coast, I could fit all of my belongings into a soccer mom van. However, now that I’ve lived on my own for the past year and have had to accumulate my own things, moving would be a much more extravagant affair.

    Good luck! I hope this move brings better Internet!
    xxoox

  • Oh man, this is so true. I’ve really come to appreciate the value of having less stuff. Sometimes when I’m daydreaming about what it’d be like to come into a lot of money (ha), I make a little promise to myself that I will never, no matter what, fill my life with STUFF. There are far better things (like travel!) to fill your life with than crap you’re just going to get rid of anyway.

    Good luck with your move!!

  • Just found this on Pinterest (we’re getting ready to move in two weeks) and now feel inspired to get rid of a bunch of stuff, even though our new place will be way bigger. If I can’t be bothered to carry it out of this apartment, it probably just needs to cease to be a part of my life. Thanks for the reminder!

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